New rules clarify a Home Inspection
On December 6, 2011, in compliance with Senate Bill 153 (2011), the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) adopted new rules clarifying when an inspection is a sufficient overall assessment of a home requiring the activity be performed by an Oregon Certified Home Inspector.
The new rules define three inspection activities that are exempted for Oregon Certified Home Inspector certification requirements because they do not assess the overall residential structure. These are:
- Energy audits;
- Home performance testing; and
- Forensic evaluation for the purposes of building envelope testing.
These rules are effective January 1, 2012. Home inspection rules are found in Oregon Administrative Rules, OAR 812 Division 8.
During the rule hearing, home inspection industry members and the Energy Trust of Oregon testified in support of the new rules.
Contractors performing these inspections must maintain a CCB license.
For more information, visit the CCB website at www.oregon.gov/CCB. Click on Certifications/Licenses under the menu.