Dear fellow NACHI members,
*For two years the Texas Inspector Committee has labored on Standards that promote professionalism. Our opposition was comprised of a very small minority that is politically connected. Although there was overwhelming support, the proposed work was returned to Committee due to the lobby of a minority. *
*The struggle is simple. The opposition believes a prescriptive Standard should tell inspectors not only what to inspect but how to inspect, what safety items to look for with a push to compare older homes to new code. They believe a Standard should be written with specificity to assure the State agency has ample enforcement authority. They think specificity will assure quality. An example of past State enforcement in Texas is the ruling that an inspector was negligent and incompetent for missing a bathtub drain stop. *
*Prescriptive rules state “you shall march this way” and it promotes a “trades mentality”. It diminishes the professional aspect. *
*The Inspector Committee believes inspectors to be professionals capable of defining their own prescriptive Standards through trade associations such as NACHI. If the Standards say “inspect GFCI” a prudent and professional inspector does not need further regulatory language to do their job. *
*Inspection quality cannot be achieved through prescriptive State rules. Inspection quality is a result of individual professionalism nurtured by groups such as NACHI who promote professionalism through education and experience. *
I am sure NACHI members themselves will have different opinions and this is not to say one side is wrong and one side is right. Think hard about your beliefs and follow them. That is all you can do. The following letter explains to the Committee that further work on the Standards is not possible at this time. The effort to professionalize the business has been postponed by politics.