There are rules, follow them.
Here is one example of how the "free energy audits" are working out.
This duct work in an attic of a home that got a "free" audit and the work completed on it.
The insulator clearly states it's a r-11 insulator. The minimum requirements for duct work is a r-19 insulator.
The seams are not sealed completly. See top left. if I was the one completing the post inspection, then this home would fail. I checked under the sheating and noticed the seams of the duct work were not sealed with a "mastic sealer". This is also a requirment for the federal minimum standards.
The insulation was to be a r-19 minimum but there are areas that there is only 3" of cellulose in the attic. It takes 6" of cellulose to get you to r-19. Plus all the insulation was not uniform at all.
Who is checking on the jobs after the crew has been there? They need to be inspected to the standards. Free mat be free. but there are still rules and regulations to follow.
Have a great day everyone.
Clint McKie Desert Sun Home Inspections, Carlsbad New Mexico 88220