Inspector’s Panel Recap

Posted by By Amy Cafazzo, Studio A Marketing on 9 September 2016 | 0 Comments

DSCF3996rt FBEM NARI members enjoyed a jam-packed program at our most recent membership meeting which took place at the Crowne Plaza in Natick on September 7th. President Dave Supple kicked things off by presenting the newest NARI certified professionals in our chapter including several new Certified Lead Carpenters from Essex Restoration.  The study group, led by Mark Philben of Charlie Allen, met last Spring.  To cap off the presentations, Jim Marcotte of Dovercraft, Inc. was awarded the prestigious Master Certified Remodeler (MCR) certification. The designation signifies the remodeling contractor’s superior knowledge, dedication to the industry and community involvement. Congratulations Jim!

Inspector’s Panel

Sept Inspectors Panel

The highlight of the membership meeting was the Inspectors Panel.  Moderated by Dave Supple, this year our panelists included:

  • John Lojek, Inspectional Services Commissioner, City of Newton
  • Michael Grant, Chief Inspector of Buildings & Zoning Enforcement Officer, Town of Wellesley
  • Brian Ronan, Acting Chief Inspector, Boston
  • Mark Robidoux, Chief Inspector, Southborough

The Panel took questions from the audience and started with introductions that set the tone for what the relationship between inspector and builder *should be.*  “We have a tough job, and you have a tough job. This needs to be team effort,” explained one of the inspectors.

Several people asked about the upcoming implementation of the 2015 Energy Code. Although no specific date has been set, it is anticipated that the new Energy Code may go into effect in January 2017. Until then, the energy Stretch Code, which is meant to result in more cost effective solutions to increase energy performance rather than prescriptive requirements, is in effect.

“Inspectors Are People Too”

It seems funny, but the stereotypical adversarial relationship between contractor and inspector can be easily avoided. A running theme throughout the panel discussion was accountability. If an inspector requires something that the contractor disagrees with, it’s fair to ask them to show you where in the code book you can find the details.  After all, you’re the one who’ll have to go back to the client to explain the time delay or extra costs.

Wondering what to do when an inspector doesn’t call you back? First, one inspector asked that contractors not leave multiple messages a day (apparently some contractors are calling several times an hour!).  Checking voice mail takes up too much time when they could be looking at a job and getting back to you faster.  But, if you haven’t heard back within a reasonable time, it’s fine to “follow the process” and go up the chain of command without facing a disgruntled inspector.

Not-to-Miss Upcoming Events: 

  • Respirator Fit Testing: We have worked with Mt. Auburn Hospital Occupational Services to offer respiratory clearance, respirator fit testing, and blood lead level screening to EM NARI Members at a discount during the month of September. Click here for more information. ·       
  • October Membership Meeting: Marketing Your Remodeling Business: Designer Bath in Beverly is hosting this not-to-miss event featuring amazing food and three speakers who will provide easy-to-implement marketing tips that will grow your business.  Register here!
  • EM NARI has an exciting event coming up on October 18: Youth Remodeling Career Day.  Taking place at the Bolton Fairgrounds, this event is designed to encourage teens to explore a career in the remodeling industry. We’re looking for sponsors, activity hosts, and volunteers to help run the highly-interactive activities that will showcase the wide variety of jobs available in our industry. Click here for more information on how you can get involved.
By Amy Cafazzo
Studio A Marketing

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