Inspection article newly translated into French: La Sécurité des Inspecteurs en Bâtiment Résidentiel et Commercial: Substances Cancérogènes sur le Terrain (Commercial and Home Inspector Safety: Carcinogens on the Job)

For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and discusses carcinogens in various building elements, furniture and appliances, and what commercial and home inspectors should know about protecting themselves from potential health hazards on the job:  La Sécurité des Inspecteurs en Bâtiment Résidentiel et Commercial:  Substances Cancérogènes sur le Terrain.

New consumer and inspection article: Building Orientation for Optimum Energy

The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west, right?  Yes, but only two days out of the year.  For the rest of the 363 days, the Sun spends its time exclusively in either the southern or northern sky. What does this mean for your heating and cooling bills? A lot, interestingly enough, because if your home is not oriented to the path of the sun, it will receive very little heat when it’s most needed – during the winter – and it will be exposed to the sun’s most intense rays and heat during the summer. Unfortunately, the sun’s path is often forgotten by builders who are more concerned with street appeal instead of one of the greatest energy-saving (and marketing) opportunities. So, turn down the heat and read about how new-construction homeowners can have their builders orient their new homes toward the sun in InterNACHI’s new article:  Building Orientation for Optimum Energy.

Inspection article newly translated into French: Entraits Retroussés c. Entraits Simples (Collar Ties vs. Rafter Ties)

For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and discusses the distinctions between collar ties and rafter ties and how to inspect for them when they’re visible in an attic or during construction:  Entraits Retroussés c. Entraits Simples.

New consumer and inspection article: Rust Inspection and Prevention

Rust damages buildings almost everywhere, but rust is more than a cosmetic concern. It’s very hard to remove once it forms, but there are ways to both remove it and prevent it, which is the safest way to avoid its hazards. Find out how to identify materials at risk and the health and structural problems caused by rust in our new article on Rust Inspection and Prevention.