With the national growth in interest in green building, inspectors are facing business decisions about whether to become involved, and if so in what way.
The choices range from courses offered for $59, to becoming verified to provide HERs ratings, to other choices in between.
Which course to pursue depends upon which organization winds up writing the accepted National Green Building Standards. At this point, it’s too soon to tell.
The NAHB and the ICC are now at work on what they call the National Green Building Standards. If their Standards become the most widely accepted, there will very likely be a place for home inspectors in providing Neutral Third Party Verification of compliance with the Standards.
If LEED for Homes (US Green Building Council), soon to emerge from the pilot program, becomes the most widely accepted standard as it has for commercial buildings for the federal govt. and many state and local govts., HER’s raters will have tons of work and home inspectors without that training (generally costing $5,000-$7,000 with equipment, training and certification) will miss out.
There are other organization who are players too, like Built Green, ASHRAE and IESNA (lighting engineers) who have a good shot at it. These different organizations have different agendas, with builder-oriented organizations working to keep requirements low (non-mandatory) to protect profits, and organizations at the other end of the spectrum writing standards with sharper teeth to for environmental reasons.
There’s big money at stake, much of it not very apparent at this point. Because we now provide Neutral Third Party Inspection, home inspectors have a good background for Neutral Third Party Verification, not just of green standards, but of green features present in homes. This market would be buyers, one we already serve. Anyone see potential in these places?