Roofing Emergency Order

An Emergency Order has been issued in response to Hurricane Irma applicable to counties identified by FEMA. This Order, valid for 90-days, allows Division 1 contractors, including general, building and residential contractors to self-perform roof installation and repairs for wood shakes, asphalt & fiberglass shingles, tiles, metal, and flat roofs within their respective contracting scope.

The Order also allows building departments, if needed, to issue local specialty roofing licenses to roofers who are qualified in other localities within the State. These specialty licenses would be subject to local disciplinary oversight like other local specialty licenses.

Home Inspectors Class

Florida Home Inspectors Class

Our Florida Home Inspectors Class that will cover Inspectors and Contractors for Continuing Education and it’s also part of the 120 required class by the state of Florida. We’ll look at some tools, Thermal Imaging Cameras and other new inspection methods in the industry.

July 18 and 19, 2017
All classes begin at 8:00 am

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Florida Home Inspectors Class

This course is designed to give Florida State Home Inspectors what is needed for their continuing education credits. Topics include; Building Structure, Electrical System, HVAC System, Roof Coverings, Plumbing Systems, Interior Components, Exterior Components, Insulation & Ventilation, Pool Systems, and Site Conditions. Sinkhole surveys, 4-point inspections will also be discussed, as well as lead-safe renovation practices. The two-hour required hurricane mitigation will also be covered. It’s going to be an exciting course with demonstrations of inspections, inspection software, and more!

FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera

We will have some of the newest FLIR cameras available for demonstration. Because you are in our class we have worked with FLIR for a discount on the products. We also work with other vendors to provide the best prices available.


Florida Home Inspectors ClassAlso, you may want to join the ACICP (Association of Construction Industry Certified Professionals)

6 Things Your Home Inspector Probably Won’t Check

There are some things you home inspectors won’t check.

Electrical outlets behind heavy furniture – For one, basic home inspections evaluate only the stuff these professionals can see or access easily. That means if furniture is blocking certain areas, your home inspector isn’t about to throw out his/her back to move it aside.Won't Check

Roof – Three or more stories in height most home inspectors will not walk on. They look from the ground and base their inspection on that.

Chimney and Fireplace – Home inspectors will typically open and shut dampers to make sure they’re working, and shine a flashlight up the chimney to check for big obstructions like a birds nest. But that’s typically where their inspection ends.

Well and Septic – If your inspector works in areas where wells and septic systems are common, for an extra fee ($150 typically) he/she might test your well water and check that your septic system is running Properly.

Swimming Pool – Basic home inspectors will turn on pool pumps and heaters to make sure they’re working. But inspectors won’t routinely evaluate cracks or dents in the pool. For that, you’ll need a professional pool inspector, who will run pressure tests for plumbing leaks. He’ll also scrutinize pumps, filters, decking surfaces, and safety covers. Pool contractors will do all of these but the price varies.

The ground under your home – While home inspectors will thoroughly check the home, the ground beneath it might go largely ignored. So if you’re worried about the land’s structural integrity—or whether it shifts, tilts, or has sinkholes or a high water table—you’ll need to hire a geotechnical engineer.

Blower Door Training

blower door trainingThe rule Blower Door Training and requirement are almost here! All of Florida home builders must comply with the new Florida Building Code; Energy Conservation.

The New Rule on Energy Conservation:

The Florida Legislature has delayed the effective date of certain sections of the Florida Building Code, 5th edition until June 30, 2016. (
The included sections are:
a. R402.4.1.2 of the Energy Volume relating to mandatory blower door testing for residential buildings;
b. 403.6.1 of the Building Volume requiring a second fire service access elevator; and
c. R303.4 of the Residential Volume requiring mechanical ventilation for residential buildings.

Air flow through a building can have a powerful impact on comfort, expense, and air quality. Blower doors provide a way to quantify airflow and the resulting heat loss, along with a way to pinpoint specific leaks.

A blower door is a device for testing the airtightness of a building. It consists of a calibrated fan for measuring an air flow rate and a pressure sensing device to measure the pressure created by the fan flow. The combination of pressure and flow can be used to estimate the airtightness. The airtightness of a building is useful knowledge when trying to increase energy conservation or decrease indoor air pollution.

How to find certified home inspectors and contractors

home inspectors and contractorsOf Couse, a referral from a family member or friend would probably be the best. You want to make sure whoever you hire is a Florida licensed and insured Home Inspector. Many home inspectors belong to professional organizations like the ACICP, but it’s not required. They are voluntary certification, the license is the most important thing. Home inspectors and Florida contractors are regulated by the State of Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulations.

You can also go to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations website ( and look up a list of home inspectors.


Most home inspectors carry insurance.  Just in case something goes wrong during an inspection. Or, if there’s an issue they may have misidentified in the inspection report. But many home inspectors might become less enchanted with a project if they perceive the homeowner could become litigious. Insurance rates are high enough, and home inspectors, like many other professionals, are hesitant to take on clients if they suspect the money they will earn from the project has a good chance of leading to problems with the homeowner and potential litigation.

Florida Home Inspectors Class – May 23 & 24, 2017

Florida Home InspectorsIf you’re a contractor who wants to start doing inspections or a Florida home inspectors who needs continuing education, this class is the perfect fit for you. Get your 14 hours of Continuing Education and have some fun. If you have both licenses this will give you all your CE for the upcoming renewal cycle.

We will cover the 8 points to a standard Home Inspection, defined by FS 468 Part XV

  1. Site
  2. Structure
  3. Interior
  4. Exterior
  5. Roofing
  6. Plumbing
  7. Air Conditioning
  8. Electrical

In addition to those topics, we will cover the Citizens 4 point inspection form, the Roof Conditions report, and look at some of the equipment you’ll need including Thermal Imaging Camera.

And YES, we do cover the 2 hours of hurricane wind mitigation training and completion of the Uniform Mitigation Verification inspection Form OIR-B1-1802.  We also cover F.S. 468, Part XV and 61-30 the administrative code, with the Scopes of Services! The course will include an overview of the Florida Residential Code as well. We believe as a professional home inspector you should have an understanding of the codes used in construction.


Florida Home Inspectors and Contractors

This 14-hour package includes all the required topics and provides you with book, sample contracts and inspection report forms to assist you with your professional practice.

Remember, you must complete 14 hours of Continuing Education prior to the renewal periods that end on July 31 of even-numbered years. We’ll provide a great lunch and make the 14 hours go quick and easy.

Also, if you like to look into getting your Florida Home Inspectors Certification, we will give you 14 hours credit toward the state required 120 class, and give you the credit toward the money of this class toward the 120-hour course.


System Requirements: Our courses are designed to run on most computers and mobile devices.  If you have trouble with a course, our technical support team is ready and willing to assist

Blower Door Testing / Training – 1-877-542-3673

Florida Blower door trainingMandatory Florida Blower Door Testing is required by Florida’s new 5th edition Energy Code beginning JULY 1, 2017!! Building Officials will require written certification for each new home quantifying the homes’ air changes per hour. The Contractors Institute has created a state-of-the-art training and certification for Florida blower door technicians all for one low tuition price! Get your Blower Door Training

HANDS-ON specialized training & continuing education are NOW available in our CI Certified CI-BDT (blower door training) course. This program has been developed for licensed Mechanical & Air-Conditioning contractors and their employees who already have hands-on field experience with related air balancing and testing equipment.

Those attending will be completing set up of blower door tents, setting a baseline and calibrating manometer and service gauges, and preparing written verification of air changes as required by the Florida Energy Code.

It is required that students complete our online Florida Blower Door Technician Prerequisite Course PRIOR to attending this hands-on workshop. An email will be sent with log-in instructions at the time of registration.

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Course Objectives & Hands On Exercises & Evaluations Include:

• Review of the Florida Code requirements for duct testing, air changes & air leakage
• Principles of blower door science, baseline & general analysis measurement
• Visual inspection principles and review of heat transfer and humidity
• Understanding air leakage; total vs. outside
• Diagnostics of pressure and measurement; setting up and using manometers
• Establishing baselines and accounting for pressure differentials
• Review of air balance and duct pressure; thermal and air barriers
• Review of approved software for sizing and code compliance
• Preparing equipment for blower door testing, setting up and calibrating gauges
• Setting up and using blower door equipment and manometer technology
• Preparing reports as required by code for air exchange verification

Cigarette Smokers – Not so pleasant

Cigarette Smokers

Cigarette Smokers residue can take years and years to leach out of walls, carpeting, A/C system, and air conditioning ducts — if it ever comes out. You might think your nose, that Ol’ stink-o-meter would know right away that a smoker has been at work leaving that smell all over your soon-to-be home, but that may not be true. If you smell the strong smell of Febreze, ammonia, bleach or even fresh baking cookies (sneaky) can disguise the wicked stench. UNTIL, One humid afternoon soon after the sale, the rank aroma of spent cigarettes could start oozing toward your unsuspecting family nostrils. Be proactive and beat the butts, you may never fully be rid of the odor. Make sure you’re buying a non-smoking home.

The best idea would be for a customer not to smoke in their homes but that is not going to happen, so we must deal with it.

Cigarette Smokers

Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. About 70 of them are known to cause cancer.Smoking cigarettes are the number-one risk factor for lung cancer. But, smoking can affect your entire body and is known to cause cancer in the: Lungs.

What is a Home Inspection

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive, visual examination of the condition of a home, often when the home is being bought and sold. Home inspections are usually conducted by a licensed home inspector who has the training to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and presents to the client a written report of findings. The client will use the inspector’s information to make informed decisions about their pending home purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.

A home inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser. A home inspector determines the condition of a home or structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property. In the United States, The state of Florida regulates home inspectors, there are various professional associations for home inspectors that provide education, training, and networking opportunities, such as the ACICP. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an inspection to verify compliance with appropriate codes; building inspection is a term often used for building code compliance inspections in the United States. Home inspections identify problems but building diagnostics identifies solutions to the found problems and their predicted outcomes.