If you thought that communicating the status of an inspection would be straightforward you would be wrong. Therefore, in an effort to better ensure clarity and consistency in the delivery of our inspection reports we will highlight the following changes, effective Monday, May 21, 2018.
One very important change is regarding inspection report language.
The term “Builder Sign Off” will be changed to “Fix and Proceed”. Items that were formally designated as a “Builder Sign Off” will now be designated with hammer icon and a “Fix and Proceed” message.
Fix and Proceed
Correct and Re-inspect
- These are inspection items that fail to meet the intent of a program or code but are minor in nature and do not warrant an on-site re-inspection. They, however, must be fixed in order to ensure compliance with the appropriate code or program. Any issue designated as “Fix and Proceed” becomes the sole responsibility of the Builder’s field construction management team.
- Items that were formally designated as a “Failure” will be replaced with the message “Correct and Re-inspect”. The “Correct and Re-inspect” designation is for inspection items that clearly fail to meet the intent of a program or code and are serious enough in nature to require on-site verification that the item has been corrected.
- EnergyLogic has added a “Photo Re-inspection” ability which will be designated using a blue camera icon on our reports. “Photo Re-inspection” is an option used at the discretion of the HERS Rater. It can be used when, and only when, all “Correct and Re-inspect” items do not warrant an on-site re-inspection.
For example, if five items are called out as “Correct and Re-inspect” and four of them could be “Photo Re-inspected” but one needs an on-site inspection the entire group would be assigned “Correct and Re-inspect” with an on-site re-inspection as a trip is required. On the other hand, if at the time of re-inspection some inspection items have not been fully fixed but it is clear that they are being addressed, a “Correct and Re-inspect” may change to a “Photo Re-inspection”.
Regardless, when “Photo Re-inspection” is called out items need to be addressed, photo documented and sent to the Rater as quickly as possible or an on-site re-inspection may be ordered, drywall may need to be removed, and all kinds of issues could arise. It is EnergyLogic’s expectation that photos will be received within 24-36 hours to verify that the item has been corrected.
It is obvious that every scenario can’t be exemplified here so I want to make it clear that inspection items will be assessed and allocated as Passed, “Fix and Proceed”, “Correct and Re-inspect”, or “Photo Re-inspection” at the sole discretion of the Rater based on their judgment. EnergyLogic is always open to dialogue so please ask questions of our field rating team whenever needed and we will do our best to get you the clarification you need in the timeliest manner possible.
Lastly, the structure and look of our reports are changing as well.
All changes have been instituted to more clearly express and report the issues that are occurring in the homes we work in. We need to know if you agree, so please let us know if you see areas for greater clarity.
If you have any questions, please email Robby Schwarz.
Who to Contact:
Principal, Director of Builder Relations