Originally Posted By: KipHamilton
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This is actually a follow-up to my question about using leak-detection equipment and stepping over the bounds of a visual inspection.
Somewhere, either the NACHI agreement or the SoP it states something to the effect that the inspector will not inspect for building code compliance.
Same question... it seems that knowledge of the current building code requirements would be essential to performing a comprehensive HI, and since many, if not most of the actual "codes" are wrapped up around some issue who's root is actually a safety concern...
How do you guys balance performing a quality inspection and inspecting and reporting on code violations?
Are we supposed to know specific code requirements and/or report on them or aren't we? If we are, then why the exclusionary language in the SoP?
One of the reasons for my question is that my "day" job is in the Architectural Services of a "major" US homebuilder. Last week a supervisor called in in a panic because a home buyer had engaged a HI to have a look at his new home. The HI wrote us up because of a low window sill height in the 2nd flr bedrooms. This is one of our best-selling models, so we knew right away that we were ok with the windows. As it turned out, the sill height was one of 4 criteria on a list, ALL of which had to be met for a "violation" to be triggered. The HI just focused on one of the four and wrote it up.
He caused a big flap, because he (maybe) overstepped his bounds as a HI and didn't have a full understanding of what the IRC actually requires.
So again, are we supposed to inspect for building code violations or not?