Here’s hoping I have chosen the correct forum.
I come on a mission from the U.K.
As some of you may, or may not know, UK Govt., along with other European Union member states, are mandated to improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of buildings.
Initially, our Govt intended to roll the above requirements into a new profession: Home Inspectors!
Home Inspectors, from what I can tell reading this most informative site, were to perform a role much like that which you undertake. The resulting document is called a Home Condition Report (HCR).
The HCR was to be a mandatory component of selling a home, paid for by the homeseller and required before marketing could commence.
For reasons too complex to go into here (political ineptness is how many describe it!), the profession was killed before its target launch date back in late 2006; replaced instead with a new requirement called the Home Information Pack (HIP).
The HIP just basically contains the legal documents on the property (Legal Title, Searches etc…) plus an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) - the one requirement which Govt. could not remove because of said EU requirement.
And so another profession was born…
The HCR does actually exist, although it is now only an optional report. The Govt. continues to say that a future mandatory inclusion within the homebuying process is still “on the table”.
Inevitably, HI training courses died whilst others quickly emerged to offer another route to vast wealth and fortune as a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).
Keeping up with all the acronyms and abbreviations so far?! Good.
Many trainee Home Inspectors (HIs) lost their training fees (circa £15k) and although some continued through to qualification (and even to accreditation), many others did not, losing homes and marriages in the process. Some remain to eke out a living as a DEA hoping the Govt. will one day mandate HCRs.
So that’s an abridged, and tightly condensed, history of events, so far as HIs in the UK is concerned.
But my real reason for writing this is to establish what and how your energy assessments are conducted.
I understand from what I’ve read here that there is an element of energy efficiency in your HI reports, although it’s not all that clear how it works (I guess because you have different jurisdictions in different States).
Anyway, I run the website in my signature below. I have been conducting podcast interviews with many of the industry leaders within the UK as a means of disseminating news and views, as well as getting to know who those players are, blah blah…
I think it would be very educational and interesting to hear from someone on your shores, share experiences and methodologies with someone on our shores, about such things like: how the industry is structured; legislation; lobbying; associations; fees; the inspection and calculation methodology; future; energy etc…
I don’t know if anyone would be interested, or who would be most suitable (nominations welcome), but if anyone is, please either respond here, PM, or contact me via my site.
The podcasts are available via RSS and to readers and casual visitors to my blog, and are also ‘stickied’ atop of the UKs leading forum: the Home Inspector Forum, of which I am a moderator </disclosure>.
I make them freely distributable so you are free to host a copy here or wherever, on condition a link to the show-notes is included.
I look forward to any contributions you may make.