Anyone writing them up for being absent, even if not required by the AHJ?
Think about this:
Currently, your AHJ does not enforce the requirement for AFCIs in living areas. The new house you just inspected didn’t have them and you didn’t mention their absence in your report because “it’s not required”. Pretend that the national code for AFCIs in living areas get’s adopted next year by your AHJ. Three or ten years from now, the same home gets inspected by another home inspector. He writes up AFCIs for being absent in living areas, knowing that national codes called for them in 2008 and he doesn’t keep track of when each AHJ decided to finally enforce it. The homeowner will then have to buy the AFCIs at about $40 each and install them to sell the house to the next buyer. If there’s a shared neutral on the circuit, the retrofit could be very expensive in electrician costs. You, the home inspector they used to love, now looks bad for not having written them up when the house was new.
This is how I write up GFCIs: If they aren’t present at all counter-top outlets in the kitchen for a home built after 1996, I write it up as a significant issue and recommend “repair” (not an upgrade). Period. It is likely, however, that the AHJ didn’t require them beginning in 1996. Too bad. I write their absence anyway.
I’m just thinking that we need to write up the absence of AFCIs NOW on new construction regardless. Put in a statement that it may not yet be adopted, but we recommend it.
I did a home today that had the child-proof outlets, but not AFCIs in living areas. The outlets were there because of a company policy (they operate in different states/counties and just do it everywhere whether required by the AHJ or not).