Inspection Standards

ASTM Inspection Standards

The Commercial Building inspector conducts all inspections based on the following  Inspection Standards:

National Association of Commercial Building Inspectors (NACBI)

  • Code of Ethics

Standards of Practice

ASTM E2018 – 08

Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process

No PCA can wholly eliminate the uncertainty regarding the presence of physical deficiencies and the performance of a subject property’s building systems. Preparation of a PCR in accordance with this guide is intended to reduce, but not eliminate, the uncertainty regarding the potential for component or system failure and to reduce the potential that such component or system may not be initially observed. This guide also recognizes the inherent subjective nature of a consultant’s opinions as to such issues as workmanship, quality of original installation, and estimating the RUL of any given component or system. The guide recognizes a consultant’s suggested remedy may be determined under time constraints, formed without the aid of engineering calculations, testing, exploratory probing, the removal or relocation of materials, design, or other technically exhaustive means. Furthermore, there may be other alternative or more appropriate schemes or methods to remedy a physical deficiency. The consultant’s opinions generally are formed without detailed knowledge from those familiar with the component’s or system’s performance.

Not Technically Exhaustive—Appropriate due diligence according to this guide is not to be construed as technically exhaustive. There is a point at which the cost of information obtained or the time required to conduct the PCA and prepare the PCR may outweigh the usefulness of the information and, in fact, may be a material detriment to the orderly and timely completion of a commercial real estate transaction. It is the intent of this guide to attempt to identify a balance between limiting the costs and time demands inherent in performing a PCA and reducing the uncertainty about unknown physical deficiencies resulting from completing additional inquiry.

Representative Observations—The purpose of conducting representative observations is to convey to the user the expected magnitude of commonly encountered or anticipated conditions. Recommended representative observation quantities for various asset types are provided in Annex A1; however, if in the field observer’s opinion such representative observations as presented in Annex A1 are unwarranted as a result of homogeneity of the asset or other reasons deemed appropriate by the field observer, the field observer may survey sufficient units, areas, systems, buildings, etc. so as to comment with reasonable confidence as to the representative present condition of such repetitive or similar areas, systems, buildings, etc. To the extent there is more than one building on the subject property, and they are homogeneous with respect to approximate age, use, basic design, materials, and systems, it is not a requirement of this guide for the field observer to conduct a walk-through survey of each individual building’s systems to describe or comment on their condition within the PCR. The descriptions and observations provided in the PCR are to be construed as representative of all similar improvements.

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National Association of Commercial Building Inspectors (NACBI)  Code of Ethics

The National Association of Commercial Building Inspectors (NACBI) has developed and adopted the following Code of Professional Ethics which applies to NACBI members and affiliates in the performance of their services. Agreement and adherence to these “Code of Ethics” are a requirement for membership within NACBI.

All members agree to conduct themselves and their business in accordance with the following:

  1. Client Service. Members agree to serve their clients with honesty, integrity, candor, and objectivity. They will provide their services with competence, using reasonable care, skill and diligence consistent with the interest of the client and the applicable standard of care.
  2. Competence. Members will serve their clients in a timely and competent manner and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
  3. Representation of Qualifications and Authority. Members will only accept assignments for which they are qualified by their education, training, professional experience and technical competence, and will assign staff or sub-contractors to projects in accordance with their qualifications and commensurate with the services to be provided, and they will only make representations concerning their qualifications and availability which are truthful and accurate.
  4. Standards of Practice. Members will furnish their services in a manner consistent with the adopted standards of NACBI and with all local, state, provincial or federal laws and regulations which govern their practice.
  5. Fair Competition. Members will represent their project experience accurately to their prospective clients and offer services and staff that are capable of delivering their products and services in compliance with these “Code of Ethics”. Members will develop their professional reputation on the basis of their direct experience and service provided and will only engage in fair competition for assignments.
  6. Conflicts of Interest. Members will endeavor to avoid conflicts of interest, and will disclose conflicts which in their opinion may impair objectivity or integrity.
  7. Fair Compensation. Members will negotiate fairly and openly with their clients in establishing a basis for compensation, and will charge fees and expenses that are reasonable and commensurate with their services provided and the risks to be assumed.
  8. Release of Information. Members will only make statements that are truthful, and will keep information and records confidential when appropriate and protect the proprietary interests of their clients and professional colleagues.
  9. Public Welfare. Members will not discriminate in the performance of their services on the bases of race, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Members will not knowingly violate any law, statute, or regulation in the performance of their professional services.
  10. Professional Development. Members will continue to develop their professional knowledge and competency, and will contribute to the advancement of others by fostering research and education and through encouragement to fellow practitioners.
  11. Integrity of their Profession. Members will avoid actions which promote their own self-interest at the expense of their profession, and will uphold the standards of their profession with honor and dignity. Members will involve themselves in civic activities as citizens and professionals, and promote public awareness of issues about the importance of examination and inspection of commercial buildings.
  12. Conduct. Members will uphold and advance the spirit and letter of the laws governing their professional affairs, and will thoughtfully consider the public impact of their professional activities by:a.   Upholding the laws in the conduct of their professional business activities.
    b.   Unknowingly violate the law;
    c.   Never offering nor making any payment or gift to anyone with the intent of influencing the judgment and decision in connection with an existing or prospective client.
    d.   Not engaging in conduct involving fraud or wanton disregard of the rights of others.
    e.   Not engaging or assisting clients in conduct that is deemed, or is reasonably known that is fraudulent or illegal.
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