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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Welcome to the May 2007 issue of TIJ Update. You will notice when you visit TIJ that our site has had a spring face-lift! Both the newsletter distribution list and forum members have been steadily increasing and it was time to give something back to our members, guests and sponsors in the form of a more visually appealing and easy to navigate site.

We have updated our front page 'search' feature and added a new menu bar to help categorize our offerings. Coming soon is an improved file upload manager for members to post, link and browse documents such as Manufacturer's specs, educational docs and videos. Anything else you want to see? Let us know! 

TIJ would like to Welcome a New Sponsor 

This month we'd also like to extend a heartfelt TIJ welcome to Home Warranty of America, Inc.™ (HWA), TIJ's newest corporate sponsor. HWA has a unique program and we hope that all of you will visit their site and see what they have to offer. 

Thanks to our TIJ Contributors

TIJ would like to take the opportunity to thank all the contributors who have sent in articles, events etc. of interest to the members to the home inspection community. We welcome any submissions that can be included as part of our growing home inspector resource. Submit your technical articles, related links, events, files or even your inspection story that might give us all a laugh. Follow the links under the 'Submissions' menu on TIJ or send us an email at: editor@inspectorsjournal.com.

Mike O'Handley, Editor 

  Articles This Month...

Building Design Leaders Unite on Energy Reduction Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
ATLANTA - May 4, 2007 To reduce the building design industry’s impact on the environment, key leaders in that sector are collaborating to establish carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and...

New Technology - Heat Pump Water Heaters Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
By John Tomlinson, Oak Ridge National Laboratories Why do we need new water heater technology? Water heating accounts for 17% of the energy used in a typical household. Conventional electric resistance water heaters have just about reached their efficiency limit, at 95% efficiency. New technologies...

FLIR and ITC Announce Inframation 2007 - Las Vegas Posted: Mon, 30 Apr 2007
Boston, MA - April 30 Flir Systems, Inc. and ITC will host the 8th annual InfraMation conference on October 15-19, 2007 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Expected to break attendance records once again, InfraMation is the world’s largest conference for professional infrared...

Energy Audits Done Along With Home Inspections Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2007
BETHESDA, MD, April 20, 2007 WORLD-WIRE-- With global climate change and increasingly high fuel and electricity prices threatening, many Americans are scrambling to find ways to reduce the pressure on their pocketbook and the planet. As a homeowner or home buyer, your first step should be to get...

AmeriSpec Licensed to do Canadian Energy Audits Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2007
TORONTO, April 12 Canadian homeowners will be big winners now that the Federal Government has officially launched its ecoENERGY Retrofit initiative, offering financial incentives to Canadians who improve their home's energy efficiency. Natural Resources of Canada's (NRCan) program is a replacement...

Risk Management: Strategies for Avoiding Complaint Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2007
(Part One: Before the Inspection) By Alan Carson
Good home inspectors don’t get complaints. We thought we might catch your attention with that opening sentence! Actually, we believe that all home inspectors get complaints eventually. Why? There are several reasons but part of the answer may...

Hann Tech Marketing Launches Inspection Radio Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2007
April 11, 2007 - The creators of InspectionNews.net, InspectionWorld and the Home Inspection Business Operations Study have announced the launch of Inspection Radio, a multimedia information service for the home inspection industry. Programming channels will include building industry-related...

SOUNDING OFF ABOUT MOLD - A Short Editorial Posted: Mon, 23 Apr 2007
By Kurt Mitenbuler, Chicago Editor Is anyone else out there curious and mildly offended that the allied trades of mold sampling, testing, remediation, and EDUCATION are being usurped by non-medical professionals? I know several medical professionals, a couple of them mycologists (those who study...

Writing Better Reports to Better Your Business Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2007
By Alan Carson, Carson Dunlop, November 2005
Introduction We all like inspecting houses. It’s fun and challenging and we are really good at seeing things that mere mortals can’t. The “show and tell” with clients is rewarding, and the appreciation they feel at the end of the process gives us...

HWA Launches New Inspection Warranty Programs Posted: Wed, 11 Apr 2007
Press Release - March 26, 2007 Protecting their companies and their clients has just become easier for home inspectors thanks to Home Warranty of America, Inc.™. Home Warranty of America, Inc.™ announced today the release of two fully licensed home inspection warranty products that are...

New APA Blog Gives You the Straight Skinny Posted: Wed, 11 Apr 2007
By Mike O'Handley, Editor Although we don't necessarily want TIJ's family members to go to other sites to get their information, we know that getting the correct information from home inspectors can sometimes be an exercise in trying to discern inspector fact from inspector folk lore...

Washington Inspector Licensing Gets Fast Tracked Posted: Wed, 14 Mar 2007
By Mike O'Handley On Monday, March 12th, state bill 5788, a bill to license home inspectors, was quietly and overwhelmingly passed (45-2) in the Washington state senate and moved on to the state house of representatives. This bill is the second attempt by Washington State Senators Spanel and...

Registration Open for ASHRAE IAQ Webcast Posted: Wed, 14 Mar 2007
Atlanta - March 9th To meet the increased expectations of building occupants, designers must be aware of conflicts between first cost economics, productivity and life cycle costs, according to a speaker at ASHRAE’s upcoming satellite broadcast. Buildings that do not meet the needs of the...

NAHB Study On Life Expectancy of Home Components Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2007
By any reckoning, a home is expected to last many years and serve several successive generations. But what about the individual components that comprise the house? How many years of service can a home owner reasonably expect from a roof or a door, a window or a whirlpool tub? A new study...

Risk Management Strategies for Avoiding Complaints Posted: Sat, 10 Mar 2007
By Alan Carson (Part One: Before the Inspection) Good home inspectors don’t get complaints. We thought we might catch your attention with that opening sentence! Actually, we believe that all home inspectors get complaints eventually. Why? There are several reasons but part of the answer may...

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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 

Bill Seeks To Separate Agents from Inspectors Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
In a follow-up to another article about proposed H.I. legislation looming on the horizon in Michigan, the President of the Michigan Association of Home Inspectors is supporting the bill because it seeks to somewhat emulate the Massachusetts home inspection law by preventing real estate agents from...

Production Builder Goes Solar Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
This article in this months issue of JLC Update, the Journal of Light Construction's online newsletter, is about how Miami-based Lennar Corporation plans to install photovoltaic panels on 1,900 new homes near Sacramento, Calif and expects homeowners to save up to 60% on their energy bills...

Solar Power and Metal Roofs - Natural Partners Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
This article in Metal Roofing Online explores the future marriage of metal roofing with solar energy products - something that the metal roofing industry is convinced will occur...

Home Inspectors: Heroes, Villians or Scapegoats Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
In this latest of a series of news releases aimed at educating the public, the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) reminds homebuyers and sellers, as well as all individuals involved in real estate transactions, that the services of a qualified and professional home inspector are...

Does Licensing Loom on the Horizon in Michigan? Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
This article from the Times Herald, Port Huron, MI, details a state representative's determination to get some kind of home inspection legislation on the books, despite two failed previous efforts, and why he feels it's so important...

Home Inspectors Not Screened For Qualifications Posted: Thu, 03 May 2007
This piece from WBAL-TV11 in Baltimore, Maryland explores the lack of screening of those in the home inspection profession in the State of Maryland. The investigative reporter, Jayne Miller, looks at the case of a charter member of the Chesapeake chapter of one of the national home inspector...

Home Inspection Insider Information Video Posted: Thu, 03 May 2007
TIJ wants to give a big shout out and kudos to Buyer's Advantage Group Realty, a Raleigh, North Carolina real estate buyers advocacy group, for a 10 minute video that they've posted on the net that clearly explains to consumers the ins and outs of a home inspection...

Good Morning America Posted: Tue, 01 May 2007
What we have to explain every day was on Good Morning America today...

Stone Reveals the Real Deal With FHA Inspections Posted: Tue, 01 May 2007
In this Inman News piece, Barry Stone explains why the purchaser of a home with an FHA mortgage has had to pay thousands to miss items missed by an alleged FHA "Inspector."...

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  Coming Events & Education... 

JLC Live - Southern California, May 17 - 18 Event Date: Tue, 15 May 2007
NACHI Annual Convention 2007 Event Date: Thu, 17 May 2007
Kaplan East Coast Seminar 2007 - Virginia Beach Event Date: Mon, 21 May 2007
Methlab Training Event Date: Mon, 21 May 2007
NYC Home Inspection Course at NYREI Event Date: Mon, 21 May 2007
Green Roof Design 101 Event Date: Wed, 23 May 2007
Green Roof Design & Installation 201 Event Date: Thu, 24 May 2007
NFPA® WORLD SAFETY CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION® Event Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2007
NFPA Seminar Week - Ft. Lauderdale, FL Event Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007
NEHA 71st Annual Education Conference & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007
IAQ 2007 Healty & Sustainable Buildings Conference Event Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007

If any organization has an event to submit for the next newsletter, it can be submitted here. 

  Free Informational Downloads... 
Home Inspector Essentials; dedicated solely to the equipment needs of today's home inspection professional.

Want to beef up your information/educational inventory? Every issue of TIJ Update, we'll be adding links to newly discovered pubs of interest to home inspectors that are free on the internet for downloading:

Natural Gas - Tables, Gen. Rules and Calculations Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2007
This was put out by an energy consulting company. The title is Useful Information and Calculations...

Free Download Update from APA Posted: Wed, 11 Apr 2007
This month's APA publication revisions of interest to home inspectors are: Panelized Roofs - APA’s new brochure, Panelized Roofs, covers all you need to know about the hybrid and all-wood panelized roof systems, including key roof components and wind uplift requirements...

USDOE Code Notes Explain Obscure Technologies Posted: Sun, 04 Mar 2007
Code Notes assist builders in obtaining code compliance of energy-efficient technologies. These information sheets written to code officials address a single above-code or otherwise obscure building feature. These are helpful documents that explain how the feature is covered by the relevant code...

Free Download: The Copper Tube Handbook Posted: Sun, 04 Mar 2007
The Copper Tube Handbook from the Copper Development Association features information on understanding and working with copper tube. Useful sections include "Standard Types of Copper Tube," "Selecting the Right Tube" and "Design and Installation Data."...

Free Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX) Design Guide Posted: Sat, 03 Mar 2007
Although it's been around for decades in Europe, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe is still relatively new in North America. In fact, it's so new on this continent that many builders and home inspectors have no idea where it should be used or what constitutes best installation practices...

  Recent Product Recalls... 

Spas Recalled Due to Fire Hazard Posted: Fri, 04 May 2007
Washington, D.C./May 3rd - Release #07-177 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Acer America Corporation, today announced a voluntary program for the replacement of certain notebook computer lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells. Consumers should only use...

Acer Recalls Computers for Fire Hazard Posted: Mon, 30 Apr 2007
Washington, D.C./April 25th - Release #07-167 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Acer America Corporation, today announced a voluntary program for the replacement of certain notebook computer lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells. Consumers should only use...

Oil-Filled Electric Heaters Recalled for Hazard Posted: Thu, 26 Apr 2007
Washington, D.C./April 26th - Release #07-168 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed...

Floor Outlets Recalled for Electrocution Hazard Posted: Wed, 18 Apr 2007
Washington, D.C./April 18th - Release #07-159 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed...

N.Y. Thermal Recalls Boilers for C.O. Hazard Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2007
Washington, D.C./April 5th - Release #07-151 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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