International Standards for the Home Energy Inspection Program

September 15, 2011
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Table of Contents

 
100.0 International Standards for the Home Energy Inspection™ Program
  101.0 General Provisions
  102.0 Definitions
  103.0 Home Energy Inspector™ Accreditation Criteria
  104.0 Home Energy Inspection™
  105.0 Minimum Procedures for a Home Energy Inspection™
  106.0 Required Skills and Certification
  107.0 Recertification
  108.0 Performance Evaluation of a Home Energy Inspector™
  109.0 Agreement Between Inspector and Advisor
200.0 InterNACHI Code of Ethics
300.0 InterNACHI Standards of Practice for Performing a Home Energy Inspection™
400.0 Job Task Analysis for Home Energy Inspectors™
500.0 Information about InterNACHI
 
 

100.0 INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE HOME ENERGY INSPECTION™ PROGRAM

 
101.0 GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
101.1 Purpose
 
The provisions of these Standards are intended to define the Home Energy Inspection™ Program of InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. These Standards are designed to improve the energy performance of existing homes through home energy inspections of residential homes. The goal of the program is to educate and motivate homeowners to invest in home energy efficiency upgrades, and to:
  • help protect the health and safety of home occupants;
  • empower homeowners with access to consistent, reliable information;
  • increase the energy performance, comfort level and durability of homes; and
  • help protect homeowners from fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the home energy marketplace.

The International Standards of Practice for Performing a Home Energy Inspection™ are available at https://www.nachi.org/sop-home-energy-inspection.htm.

101.2 Home Energy Inspections
 
The InterNACHI Home Energy Inspection™ is defined in these Standards.
 
101.3 Relationship to State Law
 
State or local laws or regulations shall overrule and govern when such laws or regulations differ from these Standards.
 
101.4 Scope
 
These Standards apply only to existing homes with four or fewer dwelling units.
 
101.5 Mission of the InterNACHI Home Energy Inspection™ Program
 
The mission of the InterNACHI Home Energy Inspection™ Program:
  • To establish and maintain excellence of non-diagnostic home energy inspections by outlining the technical requirements developed by InterNACHI; 
  • To measure the knowledge, skills and competency of Home Energy Inspectors using InterNACHI’s training, certification, and quality assurance process designed to support the home energy inspection industry; and
  • To ensure non-diagnostic home energy inspections are performed to an international standard.
101.6 Slogan of InterNACHI
 
"Helping home inspectors achieve financial success and maintain inspection excellence."
 
101.7 Vision and Mission Statement of InterNACHI
 
InterNACHI’s vision and mission statement is located at https://www.nachi.org/vision-mission-statement.htm.
 
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the world’s largest organization of residential and commercial property inspectors who perform more than 10,000 property inspections every day. As a federally tax-exempt, 501(c)(6) non-profit, InterNACHI provides professional training, accredited education and certification.
 
InterNACHI’s membership list is available to the public at https://www.nachi.org/memberlist.htm.
 
InterNACHI inspectors follow a comprehensive Standards of Practice and are bound by a strict Code of Ethics. The membership takes part in the regular exchange of professional experiences and ideas to support each other. InterNACHI maintains an industry blog, Message Board, and local Chapters in support of this important exchange of information. InterNACHI provides its members with other means of direct and membership-wide communication to further their understanding of their particular roles in the inspection industry and how best to serve their clients. The benefits of this cross-communication enhance the members’ ability to build their businesses and develop specialized ancillary services, especially in energy inspections.
 
In fulfilling this fundamental objective of training and certifying its inspector-members, InterNACHI’s broader mission is to educate homeowners by helping them understand the functions, materials, systems and components of their properties. InterNACHI inspectors are committed to providing consistent, accessible and trusted information to their clients about their properties' condition and energy efficiency.
 
To find an inspector, visit http://inspectorseek.com/.
 
 
102.0 DEFINITIONS
 
Home Energy Inspection™ – Home Energy Inspection™ is a standardized non-diagnostic inspection of a home performed according to the International Standards of Practice for Performing a Home Energy Inspection™, which are publicly available at https://www.nachi.org/sop-home-energy-inspection.htm. The inspector may use a reporting software to produce reports or documentation of observations, but specific software is not required. InterNACHI's web-based energy calculator to produce a Home Energy Report™ of energy savings estimates and recommendations for energy upgrades is available for inspectors in the U.S. only at https://www.nachi.org/home-energy-inspection.htm.
 
Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR – A member of InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, trained and certified according to these Standards. ADVISORS are required to provide review, monitoring, supervision, and guidance (Quality Control) to Home Energy INSPECTORS in accordance with these Standards as part of the Quality Assurance (QA) of the Home Energy Inspection Program. (Capitalization within these Standards are for emphasis only.)
 
Home Energy INSPECTOR – A member of InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, trained and certified according to these Standards to perform non-diagnostic inspections of residential buildings in accordance with these Standards.
 
Home Energy Report™ - The InterNACHI Home Energy Report™ is a web-based software that may be used a Home Energy Inspector after performing a Home Energy Inspection™ www.nachi.org/home-energy-report.htm. It provides the client information about: (a) how much the inspected home will cost to operate; (b) where energy (and, therefore, money) is being wasted in the home; and (c) what can be done to save energy and increase comfort by investing in home energy upgrades. This software functions on U.S. housing stock only.
 
Home Energy ScoreThe United States Department of Energy (DOE) Home Energy Score is a number between 1 to 10, with a score of 10 indicating the home has excellent energy performance. A score of 1 indicates the home needs extensive energy improvements. The Home Energy Score is essentially a label providing: (a) a numerical representation of the energy performance of a home, (b) recommended energy improvements, and (c) associated cost savings estimates. The Home Energy Score is not a standardized inspection process, such as a Home Energy Inspection™ described in these Standards.
 
Home Inspection - A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process.
 
Inspection - A visual examination at readily accessible systems and components using normal operating controls and accessing readily accessible panels and area.
 
Inspector - One who performs an inspection.
 
InterNACHI – International Association of Certified Home Inspections www.nachi.org.
 
Member of InterNACHI – One who has joined InterNACHI.
 
103.0 HOME ENERGY INSPECTOR ACCREDITATION CRITERIA
 
103.1 Home Energy INSPECTOR Accreditation.
 
A Home Energy INSPECTOR shall be accredited (trained and certified by InterNACHI) in accordance with the following provisions.
 
103.2 Member of InterNACHI.
 
A Home Energy INSPECTOR shall be trained and certified by InterNACHI as a Member of InterNACHI and shall maintain their membership status.
 
103.3 Home Energy INSPECTOR Requirements.
 
A Home Energy INSPECTOR shall abide by the following provisions:
103.3.1 Code of Ethics.
 
Each INSPECTOR shall abide by the InterNACHI International Code of Ethics for Home Energy Inspectors without exception. The Code of Ethics is available to the public at https://www.nachi.org/energy-code-of-ethics.htm.
 
103.3.2 Conflict of Interest.
 
InterNACHI Code of Ethics does not permit a conflict of interest to exist as described in Section 110.0 of these Standards.
  • Section I, Duty to the Public, clause 6 of the InterNACHI Code of Ethics states, “The InterNACHI member shall have no undisclosed conflict of interest with the client.”
  • Section I, Duty to the Public, clause 11 of the InterNACHI Code of Ethics states, “The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.”
103.3.3 Continuing Education.
 
Home Energy INSPECTORS shall comply with InterNACHI’s Continuing Education Policy. InterNACHI's Continuing Education requirements are very straightforward and are available at https://www.nachi.org/cont_education.htm. Members must complete 24 hours of continuing education per calendar year, the attendance of which must be verifiable (all member's continuing education accomplishments need to be uploaded to the members-only education log).
 
103.3.4 Home Energy INSPECTOR Training and Certification.
 
A Home Energy INSPECTOR is required to:
To become a certified member, you must:
If you have never performed any fee-paid inspections, you must:
To maintain certification, you must:
Within the first year after becoming certified, you must complete:
Each year you must pass InterNACHI’s Online Inspector Examination (free), with a score of 80 or better.
 
103.3.5 Quality Control Agreement (QC Agreement) with an ADVISOR.
 
Each Home Energy INSPECTOR shall enter into a contractual agreement (QC Agreement) with a Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR to ensure that Home Energy Inspections™ are performed in accordance with Section 104.0 of these Standards. This QC Agreement is required. This is essential to the Quality Assurance (QA) of the program as described in Section 103.5 of these Standards. The required QC Agreement is outlined in Section 109.0 of these Standards.
 
103.3.5 Twenty Home Inspections. A Home Energy INSPECTOR shall submit to their ADVISOR valid proof of performance of at least twenty home inspections that meet the International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home inspection (htttp://www.nachi.org/sop.htm).
103.4 Home Energy Inspection™ ADVISOR Requirements.
A Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR shall abide by the following provisions:
 
103.4.1 ADVISORS shall be members of InterNACHI. A Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR shall be trained and certified by InterNACHI as a member of InterNACHI and shall maintain their membership status.
 
103.4.2 ADVISORS are INSPECTORS. A Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR shall fulfill all requirements of an INSPECTOR as described in Section 103.3 of these Standards.
 
103.4.3 ADVISORS provide the Quality Control. ADVISORS shall provide review, monitoring, supervision, and guidance (Quality Control) to Home Energy INSPECTORS in accordance with these Standards to identify and correct non-conformity of the Home Energy Inspection process as described in Section 103.5 of these Standards.
 
103.4.4 Agreement with INSPECTOR. Each Home Energy INSPECTOR shall enter into an QA Agreement with a Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR to ensure that Home Energy Inspections™ are performed in accordance with Section 104.0 of these Standards. The QA Agreement is outlined in Section 109.0 of these Standards. The ADVISOR shall submit to InterNACHI a printed copy of each QA Agreement signed by both INSPECTOR and ADVISOR. 
 
103.4.5 ADVISOR Qualifications. A Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR shall have sufficient qualifications, skills, and abilities to review, monitor, supervise, and guide Home Energy INSPECTORS. It is intended that the ADVISOR have more experience or accreditation than the INSPECTOR. The qualifications of a ADVISOR are as follows:
  • ADVISOR must have successfully completed the required training courses listed in Section 108.0 of these Standards.
  • ADVISOR must have performed at least one hundred home inspections according to the International Standards of Practice.
  • ADVISOR must have performed at least ten Home Energy Inspections™.
  • ADVISOR must have the required Skills and Certification as described in Section 106.0 of these Standards.
103.5 Quality Assurance. Quality Assurance shall exist for a Home Energy Inspection™, and it includes the following provisions:
103.5.1 Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR Responsibilities. The responsibilities of the ADVISOR are:
  • Review of inspections by a Home Energy INSPECTOR. A Home Energy INSPECTOR shall submit to their ADVISOR valid proof of performance of at least twenty home inspections that meet the International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home inspection (htttp://www.nachi.org/sop.htm). The ADVISOR shall provide resolution opportunities to any deficiencies found in the home inspection reports.
  • Five Probationary Inspections. Prior to becoming a certified Home Energy INSPECTOR, the individual shall experience a probationary period where a Home Energy Inspection ADVISOR provides review, monitoring, supervision, and guidance. The probationary period covers a minimum of five (5) Home Energy Inspections™, after which the ADVISOR shall determine if additional supervision and guidance is needed. The ADVISOR shall be responsible for reviewing inspections conducted during the probationary period of the INSPECTOR. The ADVISOR shall provide resolution opportunities to any deficiencies found in the Home Energy Inspections™.
  • 5% of the Home Energy Inspections™. For each Home Energy INSPECTOR with which they are in contractual agreement, the ADVISOR shall annually re-inspect a minimum of five-percent (5%) of the Home Energy Inspections™ performed by the INSPECTOR. This is a critical part of the Quality Assurance. 
  • File maintenance. The ADVISOR shall be responsible for the maintenance of quality control files and documentation. InterNACHI may at any time perform an audit or review of the Advisor's file maintenance, including a request for copies of files and documentation.
  • The ADVISOR shall provide resolution opportunities to any deficiencies found in any home energy report. To the extent possible, homes should be randomly selected for re-inspection by the ADVISOR.
  • Spot checks on well-performing INSPECTORS should periodically take place. New INSPECTORS should be prioritized. 
103.5.2 Quality Control Inspections. The re-inspections performed by ADVISORS have the following provisions:
  • The ADVISOR is as experienced, trained and certified, as the INSPECTOR.
  • The ADVISOR must do an independent inspection of the home. The ADVISOR's inspection should not occur at the same time as the INSPECTOR's inspection, but it can be done sequentially to avoid having to schedule another visit to the house.
  • The ADVISOR should not discuss the inspection with the ADVISOR until after each inspector has collected their own data and produced a written report.
  • The house must be in similar condition during both inspections and use the same level of data. If a blower door test was performed during the INSPECTOR's inspection, then it must be done during the ADVISOR's inspection as well. The ADVISOR's inspection must be done prior to any home energy improvements or upgrades are done on the home.
  • The ADVISOR should not conduct all QA re-inspections on improved or upgraded homes. At least half of the re-inspected homes should not have undergone any improvements or upgrades.
103.5.3 QA Inspection Results. The ADVISOR's report results must be comparable to the INSPECTOR's report results. 
  • If the results for the same home differ by more than 10% in terms of estimated energy use (source MBtus), the ADVISOR must notify InterNACHI (the DOE Account Manager) to determine necessary corrective or disciplinary actions (according to Section 103.5.8).
  • A re-inspection of the home may be required as determined by the ADVISOR. 
  • If an INSPECTOR is consistently performing inspections that are not comparable with the ADVISOR's QA inspection results, corrective or disciplinary action (according to Section 103.5.8) should be taken to provide the INSPECTOR with resolution opportunities to any deficiencies found by the ADVISOR in the Home Energy Inspections™.
103.5.4 InterNACHI’s free, online report uploading system. INSPECTORS may upload their reports for review using InterNACHI’s free report uploading system (FetchReport.com) and provide the ADVISOR access to the reports as described at https://www.nachi.org/fetchreportfriendlyseal.htm.
 
103.5.5 InterNACHI’s free, online agreement system. INSPECTORS may use InterNACHI's online inspection agreement, which is electronically signable and legally binding. It allows the client to read and sign the inspection agreement before the INSPECTOR does the inspection, or, at least before they view their report online. https://www.nachi.org/onlineagreement.htm. InterNACHI has provided an agreement addendum specifically addressing Home Energy Inspections™.
 
103.5.6 Registry of Home Energy Inspectors. InterNACHI shall maintain a registry for all Members of InterNACHI including trained and certified Home Energy INSPECTORS and ADVISORS. The registry shall include the inspector’s name, company name, address, website, phone number, email, unique Member ID Number. This registry is publicly available at https://www.nachi.org/memberlist.htm and can be searched using http://inspectorseek.com/.
 
103.5.7 Consumer Complaint Response Process. Each INSPECTOR shall utilize InterNACHI’s Consumer Complaint Response Process described in Section 103.5.10 of these Standards. INSPECTORS shall make clients aware of the Complaint Process. INSPECTORS shall respond to complaints arising from their inspections. INSPECTOR shall maintain records of complaints received and their resolutions for a minimum of three years after the date of the complaint.
 
103.5.8 Discipline Procedures
103.5.8.1 Probation. If InterNACHI determines at any time that a Member has not adhered to the requirements of these Standards, InterNACHI shall notify the Member of the specified deficiencies and shall require that specific corrective action be taken.
 
103.5.8.2 Notification. InterNACHI shall provide written notification to Members of any decisions made in accordance with these procedures described in this Section.
  
103.5.8.3 Suspension and Decertification. Any Member accredited by InterNACHI may have their certification suspended or revoked in any of the following circumstances:
  • Failure to take corrective action - Suspension. If a Member has failed to follow the requirements as established by these standards, InterNACHI shall immediately suspend the Member.
  • Failure to take corrective action after suspension - Decertification. In the event that the deficiencies have not been remedied within the period set forth in the suspension notification, InterNACHI shall immediately decertify (or revoke the certification of) the Member.
  • Submission of false information.
  • Gross negligence.
  • Willful misconduct.
  • Misrepresentation or false advertising by the Member in relation to accreditation status in general or with respect to any service provided by the Member.
  • Not abiding by these Standards of Practice.
  • Not abiding by the Code of Ethics.
  • Failure to disclose and resolve a conflict of interest.
  • Inspector goes out of business.
  • Inspector does not re-apply.
103.5.9 Suspension/Decertification Due Process.
 
InterNACHI shall follow due process procedures in relation to suspension or decertification actions against a Member. InterNACHI may, at its discretion, initiate a suspension or decertification action against an accredited Member by providing a written notice of the action. The Member has the right to appeal.
 
103.5.10 Consumer Complaint Response Process
 
Home Energy INSPECTORS shall inform clients about the Consumer Complaint Response Process.
 
Consumer Complaint Response Process. InterNACHI has a system available for receiving complaints. InterNACHI shall respond to and resolve complaints related to inspections. InterNACHI shall retain records of complaints received and responses to complaints for a minimum of five years after the date of the complaint.
 
InterNACHI's Consumer Complaint Hotline: (303) 502-6214 (for consumers only).
 
Alternative Dispute Resolution Service: Mark Cohen, InterNACHI Legal Counsel, currently provides all InterNACHI inspectors an alternative dispute resolution service at http://www.cohenslaw.com/colorado_arbitration_services.html.
 
Client Satisfaction Surveys: InterNACHI's customer satisfaction survey is located https://www.nachi.org/survey.htm. Three versions are available to our membership.
 
AskNACHI: InterNACHI has an online forum for consumers to ask questions about home inspections? Ask InterNACHI certified inspectors about anything! http://www.asknachi.org/.
 
InterNACHI's Quick Answers are provided by email at fastreply@internachi.org
 
 
104.0 HOME ENERGY INSPECTION™ 
 
104.1 General Provisions
 
The Home Energy Inspection™ is performed by a Home Energy INSPECTOR according to the International Standards for Performing a Home Energy Inspection™, which are publicly available at https://www.nachi.org/sop-home-energy-inspection.htm.
 
Purpose. The purpose of the Home Energy Inspection™ is to:
  • Determine the general condition of the home with respect to energy performance;
  • Educate the homeowner/occupant and help them understand the energy performance of their homes and how they compare to other homes nationwide; and
  • Promote energy efficiency to homeowners and encourage investments in energy upgrades.
Home Energy Report™. The Home Energy INSPECTOR shall produce a written report or documentation of their observations made on the day of the inspection. A reporting software may be used. InterNACHI's Home Energy Report™, a web-based energy calculating software for U.S. housing stock only, shows a general range of a home’s energy efficiency based on certain house assets (insulation, equipment age, general condition, energy usage and costs) and a lookup matrix based on regional norms and climate, based upon the web-based inspection tool from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and supported by the DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, found at http://hespro.lbl.gov/pro/.
Note: The Home Energy Report™ is not the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score, which is number (a miles-per-gallon rating) of a scale from 1 to 10. See Section 102.0 of these Standards. The Home Energy Report™ may include a Home Energy Score, depending upon whether the inspector is qualified to produce one.
45 Data Points. In order to perform the inspection, the INSPECTOR conducts a visual, non-diagnostic inspection of the home and collects about 45 data points. To estimate the home's energy use, convert that into a savings estimate and develop recommendations for energy improvements, the inspector may use a reporting software, but this is not required. A web-based reporting tool created by InterNACHI and a home energy calculator developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy called the Home Energy Report™ may be used.
 
Report Recommendations. The Home Energy Report™ lists recommendations for energy upgrades that are specific to the house as well as an estimate of how much these improvements can reduce the utility bill. The Report™ is based upon the data collected by the INSPECTOR and on national installation cost averages for specific energy improvements and state average utility costs. These recommendations are created by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
 
104.2 Web-Based Calculator.
 
InterNACHI’s Home Energy Inspection™ requires the use of a web-based home energy calculator, which shall be hosted, controlled and maintained by InterNACHI. https://www.nachi.org/home-energy-inspection.htm
 
104.3 Visual Inspection.
 
The Home Energy Inspection™ is performed in accordance with the International Standards of Practice for Performing a Home Energy Inspection and shall include on-site visual inspection of the energy features of the home, and documentation of its general condition, including envelope features and ages; equipment types, characteristics and ages; and, appliance and lighting characteristics. Where appropriate and available, the inspector may include a review of utility use and billing history. The Home Energy Inspection™ is a visual-only, non-diagnostic inspection and does not require the use of a blower door, duct leakage test, an infrared camera, or other diagnostic test equipment.
 
104.4 Interview.
 
The Inspector may interview the homeowner regarding energy and comfort problems. The Inspector will explain the limitations of the inspection and provide an overview of the benefits and value of a more comprehensive home energy audit as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Refer to DOE article at http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/professional-home-energy-audits. The interview shall include, but is not limited to, the following subject areas:
104.4.1 Comfort concerns, including areas of the home that are too hot or too cold.
104.4.2 Energy billing concerns.
104.4.3 Indoor air quality concerns.
104.4.4 The potential for the homeowner to move to a more comprehensive, diagnostic home energy assessment.
104.4.5 Interest in potential home energy performance upgrades.
104.4.6 Low- and no-cost energy upgrades that can be implemented by the homeowner.
104.5 Utility bills. The Inspector may request copies of utility bills or written permission to obtain the energy use information from the utility company, and may use them to inspect the home.
 
104.6 Referral to a Home Energy Professional. The Inspector shall advise the homeowner on where to locate qualified individuals to conduct a more comprehensive home energy assessment and/or qualified contractors to complete the energy upgrade work on the home.
 
 
 
105.0 MINIMUM PROCEDURES FOR A HOME ENERGY INSPECTION
 
105.1 Standards.
 
The Home Energy Inspection™ shall be performed according to the International Standards of Practice for Performing a Home Energy Inspection™. These standards describe the minimum procedures by which an inspector shall follow. The Standards are located at https://www.nachi.org/sop-home-energy-inspection.htm.
 
105.1 Checklist.
 
The Home Energy INSPECTOR may utilize an inspection procedural checklist. InterNACHI's checklist is available as a download PDF at https://www.nachi.org/documents2012/InterNACHI-Home-Energy-Inspection-Checklist-Feb-2013.pdf. The checklist assists the inspector in visually inspecting the home and measure the following minimum features:
105.1.1 The number and age of the occupants of the home
105.1.2 Address of the home, including the zip code
105.1.3 Energy prices (defaulted by the reporting tool)
105.1.4 Direction faced by front of house
105.1.5 Stories about ground level
105.1.6 Ceiling height
105.1.7 Square feet of heated or cooled floor area
105.1.8 Type of foundation
105.1.9 Attic type
10.5.1.10 Roof absorptivity
10.5.1.11 Number of light bulbs
105.1.12 Percentage of bulbs that are high-efficiency
105.1.13 Foundation or floor insulation
105.1.14 Insulation level of the attic floor
105.1.15 Insulation level of the roof or sheath insulation under the roofing materials
105.1.16 Wall insulation of front, back, left, and right sides of the house
105.1.17 Air tightness
105.1.18 Measured air leakage from a blower door test
105.1.19 Combined skylight square footage and type
105.1.20 Window type and size in total square feet
105.1.21 Clothes washer and dryer information
105.1.22 Refrigerator and freezer information
105.1.23 Water heater age, fuel type, and size
105.1.24 Thermostat type
105.1.25 Heating equipment information, type, age, efficiency, capacity
105.1.26 Percentage of home heated by wood-burning stove
105.1.27 Cooling equipment information, type, age, efficiency, capacity
105.1.28 Thermal distribution information, duct location, insulation, sealant
105.1.29 Boiler pipe insulation
105.1.30 Whole house fan 
105.1.31 Pool information, pump operation, pool heater
105.1.32 Spa/hot tub information
105.1.33 Combustion equipment information, flame rollout, blockage, corrosion, vent connection, combustion hazards
105.1.34 Common air leakage points
105.1.35 Moisture problems
105.1.36 Standard Green MLS features
105.1.37 Other green features, edible garden area, permeable materials for walks and drives, motion sensors for exterior lights, water dripping faucets and fixtures, etc.
105.2 Outside the Scope. The following are outside the scope of a Home Energy Inspection™:
105.2.1 The use of blower doors, duct leakage test equipment or an infrared camera.
105.2.2 Any other diagnostic testing of the home
105.2.3 Quantification of any levels of air tightness, duct tightness, or ventilation.
105.2.4 Energy savings estimates may only be generalized and presented along with the qualification that a comprehensive home energy audit must be obtained to calculate energy savings estimates.
105.2.5 Combustion appliance testing.
105.2.6 Department of Energy's Home Energy Score.
105.3 Home Energy Report™ 
 
At the completion of the Home Energy Inspection™, the INSPECTOR shall provide the client a written report or documentation of the observations made on the day of the inspection. A standardized report generated by InterNACHI’s web-based home energy calculator at https://www.nachi.org/home-energy-inspection.htm may be used. In addition to customized information relevant to the specific property, the report will communicate information related to home energy, including energy upgrade recommendations.
Note: The InterNACHI Home Energy Report™ is not the DOE Home Energy Score (http://homeenergyscore.gov/). Refer to Section 102.0 of these Standards.
The report may provide information that addresses:
105.3.1 All data collected in accordance with Section 105.0.
105.3.2 Whole-house solutions overview of how the home works as a system and how to prioritize actions.
105.3.3 Quality installation of HVAC equipment including: proper sizing of equipment, duct sealing, and refrigerant charge and air flow.
105.3.4 Quality building envelope air sealing and proper levels of insulation.
105.3.5 Overview of ENERGY STAR or better products and appliances.
105.3.6 Information regarding access to a more comprehensive home energy audit.
105.3.7 Non-energy benefits of improving the energy efficiency of the home including reduction of carbon emissions.
105.3.8 General statement regarding opportunities to improve the thermal envelope, mechanical equipment, lighting and appliances in the home.
105.3.9 General discussion of concerns regarding combustion safety.
105.4 Safety Notification Form.
 
If the inspector discovers a condition of the property that, in his/her judgment, presents a risk of imminent harm, the inspector shall disclose that condition to the occupant, homeowner, or such other third parties as inspector deems appropriate using a safety notification form approved by InterNACHI.
105.5 Limitations.
 
The inspector shall not produce a detailed written work scope for improvements as part of an inspection. The information contained in the report does not constitute a guarantee or warranty of any kind.
  • An inspection is not technically exhaustive.
  • An inspection will not identify concealed or latent defects.
  • An inspection will not deal with aesthetic concerns or what could be deemed matters of taste, cosmetic defects, etc.
  • An inspection will not determine the suitability of the property for any use.
  • An inspection does not determine the market value of the property or its marketability.
  • An inspection does not determine the insurability of the property.
  • An inspection does not determine the advisability or inadvisability of the purchase of the inspected property.
  • An inspection does not determine the life expectancy of the property or any components or systems therein.
  • An inspection does not include items not permanently installed.
The inspector is not required to determine:
  • property boundary lines or encroachments.
  • the condition of any component or system that is not readily accessible.
  • the service life expectancy of any component or system.
  • the size, capacity, BTU, performance or efficiency of any component or system.
  • the cause or reason of any condition.
  • the cause for the need of repair or replacement of any system or component.
  • future conditions.
  • compliance with codes or regulations.
  • the presence of evidence of rodents, animals or insects.
  • the presence of mold, mildew, fungus or toxic drywall.
  • the presence of airborne hazards.
  • the presence of birds.
  • the presence of other flora or fauna.
  • the air quality.
  • the existence of asbestos.
  • the existence of environmental hazards.
  • the existence of electromagnetic fields.
  • the presence of hazardous materials including, but not limited to, the presence of lead in paint.
  • any hazardous waste conditions.
  • any manufacturers' recalls or conformance with manufacturer installation, or any information included for consumer protection purposes.
  • operating costs of systems.
  • replacement or repair cost estimates.
  • the acoustical properties of any systems.
  • estimates of the cost to operate any given system.
The inspector is not required to operate:
  • any system that is shut down.
  • any system that does not function properly.
  • or evaluate low-voltage electrical systems such as, but not limited to:
  • phone lines;
  • cable lines;
  • antennae;
  • lights; or
  • remote controls.
  • any system that does not turn on with the use of normal operating controls.
  • any shut-off valves or manual stop valves.
  • any electrical disconnect or over-current protection devices.
  • any alarm systems.
  • moisture meters, gas detectors or similar equipment.
The inspector is not required to:
  • move any personal items or other obstructions, such as, but not limited to:
    • throw rugs;
    • furniture;
    • floor or wall coverings; o ceiling tiles;
    • window coverings;
    • equipment;
    • plants;
    • ice;
    • debris;
    • snow;
    • water;
    • dirt;
    • foliage; or
    • pets.
  • dismantle, open or uncover any system or component.
  • enter or access any area that may, in the opinion of the inspector, be unsafe.
  • enter crawlspaces or other areas that are unsafe or not readily accessible.
  • inspect underground items such as, but not limited to, underground storage tanks or other indications of their presence, whether abandoned or actively used.
  • do anything which, in the inspector's opinion, is likely to be unsafe or dangerous to the inspector or others, or damage property, such as, but not limited to: walking on roof surfaces, climbing ladders, entering attic spaces, or negotiating with pets.
  • inspect decorative items.
  • inspect common elements or areas in multi-unit housing.
  • inspect intercoms, speaker systems, radio-controlled security devices, or lawn irrigation systems.
  • offer guarantees or warranties.
  • offer or perform any engineering services.
  • offer or perform any trade or professional service other than home inspection.
  • research the history of the property, report on its potential for alteration, modification, extendibility or suitability for a specific or proposed use for occupancy.
  • determine the age of construction or installation of any system structure or component of a building, or differentiate between original construction and subsequent additions, improvements, renovations or replacements.
  • determine the insurability of a property.
  • perform or offer environmental audits.
  • inspect on any system or component which is not included in these Standards.
 


 
106.0 REQUIRED SKILLS AND CERTIFICATION
 
Minimum skills and knowledge base required for an individual to conduct a Home Energy Inspection™ are as follows:
 
106.1 Basics of heat transfer concepts

106.2 Basics of building performance testing

106.3 Basics of air distribution leakage

106.4 Calculating gross and net areas

106.5 Definitions/energy terminology

106.6 Basic combustion appliance concerns

106.7 Basics of envelope leakage, thermal bypass, thermal bridging
 
106.8 Determining envelope insulation
106.8.1 Presence/absence of insulation and when observable, the quality of its installation
106.8.2 Recommended levels of insulation by climate zone
106.9 HVAC – determining equipment efficiencies from model numbers or default tables
 
106.10 Household appliances – determine efficiency from model numbers or vintage
 
106.11 Energy units

106.12 Measuring building dimensions
 
106.13 Identification and documentation of energy survey inspected features of the home
 
106.14 Basics of specifications

106.15 Determining window and door efficiency

106.16 Determining building orientation and shading characteristics
 
106.17 Defining the thermal boundaries

106.18 Basics of measure interaction, expected life, and bundling for optimal performance considering the house as a system and the emerging need for deep savings
 
 
 
107.0 RECERTIFICATION
 
InterNACHI will require every inspector of the Home Energy Inspection Training and Certification Program to take recertification courses and assessments listed in Section 108.0 of these Standards every three years.
 
 
 
108.0 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF A HOME ENERGY INSPECTOR
 
The evaluation of each Home Energy Inspector will be based upon the successful completion of the core training courses listed below.
 
These courses shall provide the skills and knowledge base needed to perform a Home Energy Inspection™ in accordance with Section 105.0 of these Standards.
 
Each course must be successfully completed with a score of 80% or higher on the final examinations.
 
Required Training Courses:
 
 
 
109.0 AGREEMENT BETWEEN INSPECTOR AND ADVISOR
 
The Agreement between ADVISOR and INSPECTOR is a mutual understanding between an ADVISOR and an INSPECTOR of the InterNACHI Home Energy Inspection Program.
 
As a condition of performing Home Energy Inspections™, each INSPECTOR shall enter into an Agreement with an ADVISOR to perform QA Inspections for the INSPECTOR in accordance with these Standards.
 
The QC Agreement requires the Home Energy INSPECTOR to participate in Quality Control as described in these Standards.
 
 
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InterNACHI
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
1750 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80301
 
QUALITY CONTROL (QC) AGREEMENT BETWEEN INSPECTOR AND ADVISOR
 
INSPECTOR’s Information:
 
Name: ______________________________________________________________________________
Company Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________________________
State/Province: __________________________________________     Zip/Postal Code: _____________
Phone Number: _____________________________________________
E-Mail Address: ____________________________________________
Website URL: ______________________________________________
 
ADVISOR’s Information:
 
Name: ____________________________________________________
Company Name: ____________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________________________
State/Province: __________________________________________     Zip/Postal Code: _____________
Phone Number: _____________________________________________
E-Mail Address: ____________________________________________
Website URL: ______________________________________________
 
 
Quality Control
 
I, the INSPECTOR, agree with ADVISOR to participate in the Quality Control Process of the InterNACHI Home Energy Inspector Program as described in the InterNACHI Home Energy Inspection Standards. The Standards are available at https://www.nachi.org/home-energy-inspection-program-standards.htm.
 
Signatures
 
INSPECTOR Signature: ____________________________________ Date: _______________
 
ADVISOR Signature: ______________________________________ Date: _______________
 
 
Note: Within 10 days of this executed agreement, the ADVISOR shall submit a printed copy of the signed QA Agreement to:
InterNACHI Headquarters at 1750 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80301.
 
 
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200.0 INTERNACHI CODE OF ETHICS

 
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) promotes a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection procedures. InterNACHI members subscribe to the following Code of Ethics in the course of their business. The Code of Ethics is publicly available at https://www.nachi.org/code_of_ethics.htm
 
I.   Duty to the Public
 
The InterNACHI member shall abide by the Code of Ethics and substantially follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
 
The InterNACHI member shall not engage in any practices that could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.
 
The InterNACHI member shall be fair, honest, impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
 
The InterNACHI member shall not discriminate in any business activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation or handicap, and shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning discrimination.
 
The InterNACHI member shall be truthful regarding his/her services and qualifications.
 
The InterNACHI member shall have no undisclosed conflict of interest with the client, nor shall the InterNACHI member accept or offer any undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits or other benefit, nor shall the InterNACHI member accept or offer any disclosed or undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits or other benefit from real estate agents, brokers or any third parties having financial interest in the sale of the property, nor shall the InterNACHI member offer or provide any disclosed or undisclosed financial compensation directly or indirectly to any real estate agent, real estate broker or real estate company for referrals or for inclusion on lists of preferred and/or affiliated inspectors or inspection companies.
 
The InterNACHI member shall not communicate any information about an inspection to anyone except the client without the prior written consent of the client, except where it may affect the safety of others or violates a law or statute.
 
The InterNACHI member shall always act in the interests of the client, unless doing so violates a law, statute or this Code of Ethics.
 
The InterNACHI member shall use a written contract that specifies the services to be performed, limitations of services, and fees.
 
The InterNACHI member shall comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where s/he conducts business.
 
The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
 
II.  Duty to Continue Education
 
The InterNACHI member shall comply with InterNACHI's current Continuing Education requirements.
 
The InterNACHI member shall pass InterNACHI's Online Inspector Exam once every calendar year.
 
III.  Duty to the Profession and InterNACHI
 
The InterNACHI member shall strive to improve the home inspection industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the benefit of all. This does not preclude the member from copyrighting or marketing his/her expertise to other Inspectors or the public in any manner permitted by law.
 
The InterNACHI member shall assist the InterNACHI leadership in disseminating and publicizing the benefits of InterNACHI membership.
 
The InterNACHI member shall not engage in any act or practice that could be deemed damaging, seditious or destructive to InterNACHI, fellow InterNACHI members, InterNACHI employees, leadership or directors.  Accusations of a member acting or deemed in violation of such rules shall trigger a review by the Ethics committee for possible sanctions and/or expulsion from InterNACHI.
 
The InterNACHI member shall abide by InterNACHI's current membership requirements.
 
The InterNACHI member shall abide by InterNACHI's current message board rules.
 
Members of other associations are welcome to join InterNACHI, but a requirement of membership is that InterNACHI must be given equal prominence in their marketing materials (brochures and websites) compared to other associations of membership.
 
 
 

300.0 STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR PERFORMING A HOME ENERGY INSPECTION™

 
The current standards are publicly available at https://www.nachi.org/sop-home-energy-inspection.htm.
 
 
 

400.0 JOB TASK ANALYSIS (JTA) FOR HOME ENERGY INSPECTORS™

 
InterNACHI's Job Task Analysis (JTA) catalogues the key tasks an individual performs to complete a given job and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) the individual should possess to perform those tasks adequately. InterNACHI uses the Home Energy Inspector JTA and KSAs to develop and maintain curricula and course content for training purposes. This analysis is also fundamental to the development and maintenance of InterNACHI's certification examinations.
 
InterNACHI's Home Energy Inspector Job Task Analysis is publicly available at https://www.nachi.org/home-energy-inspection-jta.htm.
 
 
500.0 INFORMATION ABOUT INTERNACHI
 
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the world’s largest organization of residential and commercial property inspectors who perform more than 10,000 property inspections every day. As a federally tax-exempt, 501(c)(6) non-profit, InterNACHI provides professional training, accredited education and certification.
 
InterNACHI Vision and Mission Statement
 
InterNACHI’s Vision and Mission Statement is located at https://www.nachi.org/vision-mission-statement.htm.
 
Code of Ethics
 
InterNACHI inspector follow a comprehensive Standards of Practice and are bound by a strict Code of Ethics. Code of Ethics is available at https://www.nachi.org/code_of_ethics.htm.

InterNACHI Membership List
 
InterNACHI’s membership is listed at https://www.nachi.org/memberlist.htm.
 
International Distanced Education Standards
 
The InterNACHI curriculum, including all online courses and examinations, meet the International Standards for Distance Education. The InterNACHI Director of Education, Ben Gromicko, is a Certified Distance Education Instructor, an internationally-recognized certification from the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC®, https://www.idecc.org/) and the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO®, https://www.arello.org/index.cfm/programs/distance-education/).

The IDECC Distance Education Standards are the global benchmark for distance education delivery measurement.

The International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of promoting quality in distance education. IDECC certifies quality design and deliver of distance education courses taught in regulated industries such as, but not limited to, real estate, appraisal, property inspection, and insurance. Regulatory officials from across the world look to IDECC for leadership in establishing quality standards in distance education courses. Regulators and course providers use IDECC Distance Education Standards to measure the quality of distance education courses.
 
InterNACHI is an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor Air Quality Program Partner:
InterNACHI is proud to be in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Indoor airPLUS Program. Through this partnership, InterNACHI has committed to promoting indoor airPLUS-qualified homes that provide homeowners with improved air quality. 
https://www.nachi.org/indoor-air-plus.htm
InterNACHI is an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Program Partner with logo and advertisement privileges:
InterNACHI has privileges to use the ENERGY STAR® logo and ENERGY STAR Advertisements within the InterNACHI Home Energy Inspection Tool.
 

InterNACHI is an U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Partner with the Home Energy Score Program: 

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Home Energy Score helps homeowners understand the energy performance of their homes and how they compare to other homes nationwide. 
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/residential/hes_partners.html#Colorado
InterNACHI is an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Approved Course Provider:
EPA approval is located at https://www.nachi.org/epa-rpp.htm
InterNACHI Curriculum and Accreditations:
https://www.nachi.org/education.htm
Membership Benefits (all free to members):
https://www.nachi.org/benefits.htm
Contact InterNACHI:
https://www.nachi.org/contact