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I was writing an email to an inspector who teaches a green building class with a few resources that he may want to share, then I thought it would be appropriate to share them here.


Why would you want to know about green building techniques? Maybe you are not going to be an energy rater or a green building verifier, but these building practices are becoming standard practice. On two phase inspections recently, I saw the techniques being applied to make the air tight seal which is common in green building. In fact, one builder was moving further towards this standard. It might be to your benefit to be ahead of the curve. Here is what I sent. These two sites and the book pack a lot of information. has research papers and case studies on best building practices for homes in different areas. There is a focus on green building techniques. is a site putting together the best practices for the construction of Federal buildings, but the information is shared with others to encourage better building techniques. Mainly there is a focus on larger building projects, but basics are applicable to home construction. Also discussions of new green techniques.

For inspectors interested in passive green designs, there is a book out which discusses how a home can be built in different climates. It is called The Barefoot Architect by Johan van Lengen. The first part of the book is probably more refresher topics for most inspectors, the remainder of the book has good material on how to build homes. It is meant for a general audience, so it does not go into too much technical details.


Of course, I might want o promote my own blog. On my site Inspected Thoughts, I go over various items, but I have a section detailing green home conversions which may help you out. Shameless self-promotion I know, but you may enjoy the site.

Comments (6)

Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Frank: Green building will be the biggest focus for both residential and commercial building. It is the way of the future.

Oct 26, 2009 12:41 PM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Hello Carl, I have gotten jobs because people were looking for a green home inspector, and my name popped up, because I discuss these issues. I know quite a few inspectors who are interested in this development without being able to keep up on all of the trends, but things are changing quickly, so I found that these sites give me some insight.

Oct 26, 2009 01:44 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Frank

Our good friend Carl, let me know about your fine blog post.

I been do-en alot of studyen on the subject, and the development of green building. Seen that theres going to be alot more of this kind of building every year. Just like Carl side, it sure is the way of the future. I'll check out the links. I've been to yours before, but its been sometime now. Its not at all a shameless self-promotion, seen that folks can find help there, from ya.

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Oct 27, 2009 01:53 PM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Hi Dale, I think that you may enjoy those sites. It caused me to think about how I write up some reports. I was in one home that was so tightly sealed, that the smaller heater from the first floor put out enough to heat the first and second floors. It wasn't till I got to the third floor that I realized that the larger heater had not come on. The homeowner may not have been concerned about buying a green home, but the technology is certainly going to help him.

Oct 27, 2009 11:01 PM
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Frank - Thanks for the links.  I am very interested in becoming a Green Verifier,  These links have great information.  Thanks again.

Dec 14, 2009 05:12 PM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Hello Andy, you may now that to become a Green Verifier, you need 16 hours of education (which can also apply to your TREC license). Champions School of Real Estate has a class that qualifies. Then the Green building site from the NAHB has a practice section before you take the test.

Dec 14, 2009 08:45 PM