More than 120 years of consulting engineering practice, including the inspection of over 300,000 buildings by the Standards Committee members, stand behind the NABIE standards of practice - just reason for considering them the industry-wide criteria for licensed Professional Engineers performing home inspections. ( The term Registered Architect can be interchanged with Licensed Professional Engineer.)
The Professional Engineer using NABIE Standards prepares a written report on the overall physical condition of the premises, describes pertinent components of building systems, and identifies deficiencies or conditions that would present a threat to the public or occupants or are in immediate need of repair or replacement.
An inspection using these standards shall not be construed as a code compliance inspection or exhaustive technical analysis.
The following two areas of evaluation requiring engineering expertise are recommended for any inspection performed by an Associate, Member, or Diplomat of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers.
Overall structural soundness based on visual evidence
Heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems evaluated in terms of an overview in the opinion of the engineer of the capacity and adequacy for use at the time of inspection.
Cost estimates are not normally provided in a standard inspection or report.
If the licensed professional engineer cannot evaluate an item in the standard, the reason will be stated in the report. The engineer will be allowed to used his or her professional judgment as to whether items can be adequately examined.
a. Detailed numerical analysis as required for a certificate of occupancy or building code compliance is not required. Recommendation for such analysis, if deemed necessary, should be made in the building inspection engineer's report.
b. Heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical evaluations will not include detailed numerical analysis or identification of electrical circuits, heating or cooling zones, etc., nor evaluation for code requirements. Recommendation for such analysis, if deemed necessary, should be made in the building inspection report.
Recognizing that licensed Professional Engineers are trained and licensed to provide opinions based on their judgment and experience, and that the engineer is performing within the engineer's area of expertise, the broad areas of evaluation stated herein should be included in any inspection provided by a member of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE).
It is the intent of these standards of practice to encourage a practical approach in the performance of an inspection.