Home inspections and Home Energy Reports in California


http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=bpc&group=07001-08000&file=7195-7199 states that “a home inspection may include an inspection of energy efficiency.”

Energy efficiency items to be inspected may include the following:

  • A noninvasive inspection of insulation R-values in attics, roofs, walls, floors, and ducts.
  • The number of window glass panes and frame types.
  • The heating and cooling equipment and water heating systems.
  • The age and fuel type of major appliances.
  • The exhaust and cooling fans.
  • The type of thermostat and other systems.
  • The general integrity and potential leakage areas of walls, window areas, doors, and duct systems.
  • The solar control efficiency of existing windows.

It takes less than 4 minutes to write a Home Energy Report using our tool.

Visit http://www.nachi.org/home-energy-inspection.htm


Uh oh. Here comes InterNACHI.

Thanks Ben for posting that.

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Hello Ben, i was searching on yahoo and found this thread, you have excellent Home Energy Report tool.

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In my home town if the home was built prior to 1992 you have to have if not done in the last 10 years you need to have an retrofit inspection done. When I approached the building officials 11 years ago to be on there list the question was what makes you qualifide to perform these inspections. My answer at the interview for them what makes you qualified they had no answer so I was in thanks to NACHI I was in made over $100.000 doing these these thanks Nick.


Interesting. A few years ago we started offering basic energy evaluation reports. Nothing fancy. No pressure testing of doors and windows, no load calcs. We reported on insulation, single pane windows, furnace and AC efficiency ratings, ducts, etc and what the potential savings were if they upgraded certain components.

For example: “This house has R-19 insulation in the attic. By adding insulation to achieve R-30 you can save $x on your heating costs.” And “Your furnace had a AFUE rating of 80% when it was new in 1980. The estimated AFUE is approximately 70% after 30 years. By upgrading to a new furnace with an AFUE rating of 90% you can achieve $y savings on your heating costs”.

We only charged $50 for this report which was actually quite informative. We had very few people who actually cared. Perhaps it was because we are in San Diego with a very mild climate. But we no longer waste our time doing this.

I’d be interested to know if any one is actually making money in souther CA doing energy evaluations.

I guess there are two ways to make money with InterNACHI Home Energy Reports.
Sell it for some nominal fee ($50 say),
Include it with your regular home inspection service, and use it to increase your home inspection fee.

I never charged separately for my infrared inspections, I simply used my IR camera with every home inspection and increased by home inspection fee by $99. I was known as the home inspector who does that infrared stuff for free.