InterNACHI gets one of first licenses to offer DOE home energy score interface.

InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc., has just received a full license to develop its own web-based interface expressly designed to replicate the Home Energy Scoring Tool, and thereby generate a Home Energy Score label (approved by the U.S. Department of Energy) online.

500,000 home are expected to be scored.

For more information visit: https://www.nachi.org/hes.htm

Just announced: RESNET enters into strategic alliance with InterNACHI

The Residential Services Energy Network (RESNET) announced yesterday that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors “to work together to promote the improvement of the energy performance of existing homes.”

Policies enacted recently by the Obama White House have presented new opportunities in the residential retrofit market, and the two organizations will work together to offer mutual training and certification for InterNACHI members.  Both RESNET and InterNACHI will also work directly with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to have InterNACHI members become certified as Home Energy Professionals in order to participate in the DOE’s Home Energy Score pilot programs.

Click on the link to read RESNET’s and InterNACHI’s joint announcement in its entirety on the RESNET website, and watch President Obama discuss some of the details of the DOE’s program.

Just released: InterNACHI Inspector Total Package

InterNACHI is pleased to announce the InterNACHI Inspector Total Package, available exclusively through InspectorOutlet.com.  In addition to a year’s membership in InterNACHI, the Inspector Total Package includes:

…all for the incredible price of just $499.  Whether you’re a new member and just getting started, or a veteran who needs to upgrade his gear, this really IS the total package you’ll need to be on the right track with your inspection business!  For inspectors who want it all, check out the InterNACHI Inspector Total Package now!

New inspection article: Inspecting for Defects in Older Buildings

Inspectors who’ve been in the business for a while can probably know what kinds of problems they’ll run into based on the age of the house alone. We’ve assembled a handful of the most common defects found in old homes so you waste less time recognizing them. Take a look at our new article on inspecting for defects in older buildings.

New inspection article: Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

Ungrounded electrical receptacles can be unsafe, especially if they’re used to power large appliances that are designed to be grounded. Homeowners have a number of options if they’d like to modernize their ungrounded electrical systems, but they should avoid common quick fixes that may make the situation more dangerous. Read about the subject in our new article on ungrounded electrical receptacles.

New inspection article: Solar Panel Fires and Electrical Hazards

Photovoltaic arrays are an exciting new possibility when considering saving money on energy. But they can potentially be hazardous to firefighting operations if the proper guidelines are not followed. Learn how to make sure that solar panel systems remain a safe and effective tool for harvesting solar energy in our new article on solar panel fires and electrical hazards.

New inspection article: Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation

Polyurethane foam insulation can be sprayed into locations in either closed cell or open cell form. Closed cell has a higher R-value but it’s more expensive, while open cell is a better sound barrier. Find out more about where these insulation types are appropriate and where they’re a bad idea in our new article on polyurethane spray foam insulation.