I usually don’t post but I couldn’t pass up Chucks comment as Chuck is also a inspector for FIG (Fox) and is a very conscientious inspector. Chuck generally includes code sections as a reference in the report examples I’ve seen as do the rest of the “figgies” and other inspectors I know.
(IMO) I agree with Mr. Willcox in his affidavit in providing documentation references. I’ve always provided references (NEC, SBCCI, UBC, IRC, TDI, etc.) depending on the properties location for many items I may encounter. No, it’s not a code inspection. (Read on) Without a reference I could claim it is your preference or personal opinion for reporting an item in need of repair or of being deficient. The code book library I’ve collected goes back 34 years with almost every issue. There’s not that many changes I’ve seen based on commonly found inspection items (except NEC - GFCI & AFCI’s) over 22 years of home building and inspecting. Basically none in structure except for 110 m.p.h. or greater wind speeds.
No, not every home passed city inspection or met code when it was built. A lot of homes are built in the county and then cities may annex those areas (at least where I am from) or, they are still in the county. I still check the tax records to see if the home is in the county or a city before I inspect. So, if you are selling your home and claim it met city codes 24 years ago but you are the fourth owner of the home I guess my client wants to know how you know the home met the code.
This year I have been adding the TREC SoP “code” sections as much as possible to my reports as well. So, argue with the SoP; not with me. Even the TREC states that the SoP - “more accurately reflect current technology, codes, and practices that form the basis of many of the standards.”
With each TREC code section I can cross reference the NEC, SBCCI, UBC, IRC, etc. collectively so… no, it’s not a code inspection. It’s a SoP inspection whereby the SoP has been based on the codes.
The IRC is usually the favorite because if a repair is warranted there is no “grand-fathering” under Texas SB 365. A repair has to meet the IRC.
I’m not posting to look for an argument of whether to add these references or not. I don’t care what others do or don’t do.
Mr. Willcox’s affidavit is available as well as the full documentation of the “Texas lawsuit” on the Harris County Court Clerks web site except the mediated settlement. I was going to upload the affidavit but it is 4.9MB PDF file and thought too much to store on the NACHI server.
Plaintiff - MAZE
Defendant - FIG