Inspector John wrote:Please also remember these folks who are training/trained are just like you and me and are out there to earn a living just like anyone else.
That's an entirely reasonable point, Inspector. Speaking for myself, I have no beef with anyone who wants to train as a Home Inspector. As you say, you have a right to earn a living, like anyone.
My objections are aimed at the HIPS system itself, which I regard as a half-arsed, half-cocked shambles from un-necessary start to longed-for finish. And that well diluted version of my true feelings is - I repeat - aimed at the Government, not at you or your colleagues.
Thank you for having the courage to stand up and offer answers to questions. Here's one to kick off with (a repeat of one I've asked before).
I live in an C18th East Anglian oak-framed house. The inner walls are part lath/plaster, part plasterboard/gypsum skim. The outer skin is cement render on expanded metal lath. Between the two skins is fibreglass insulation matting (at least, wherever I have had occasion to drill or cut into the wall cavity, I have found this). The previous owner told me that he incorporated insulation batts under the concrete floors that he renewed*.
A home inspector wouldn't be able to see any of this. So, if I were having a HIP prepared, how would my house be energy rated?
*Yes folks, the house is a symphony in gypsum and OPC. Mea non culpa!