It’s not yet apparent to many inspectors how what’s called the “Green” movement will actually make them money. This baby is big and rolling toward the top of the hill, but it’s not there yet.
If you pay attention to energy-related legislation in general, you’ll see that although not a lot is mandated yet- politicians like to keep their feet under them- programs are being implemented over a good part of the country which are the precursors to the mandates.
State, county and city governments which are effective and successful like to implement programs and see how well they work, then make changes and try again. When they think they have it down, then they’ll institute mandates, but they get raked over the coals for instituting mandates which blow up in everyone’s faces. Politicians hate it when that happens. In that respect… they’re human.
Many governments (read: constituents) across North America are hesitant to implement programs related to energy conservation because many questions about the science upon which the energy programs are based are still questionable in the minds of both government officials and their constituents.
The price of gasoline is the latest underscore in the price of energy, and as long as world demand for non-renewable energy increases and world supplies decrease, voluntary programs will morph into mandates.
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Eventually, mandates will be enacted in most states, and those inspectors who are prepared will do well and make money. It will happen in some places faster than others. InterNACHI is ahead of the curve in developing education and tools which will allow InterNACHI inspectors to make substantial incomes supplying needed services while other inspectors will get that model train set down from the attic and really make it look good.