This is the fifth anniversary of OntarioACHI and as per prior years our annual conference will take on a different format. This year, we have opted for a full conference model over two days, on March 1st and March 2nd.
We opted for these days to ensure that we offered inspectors the best opportunity to make choices.
We know that the Standing committee on social Policy will have met and discussed Bill 59 by that time, and will be able to report back to Inspectors in Ontario of the process and what, if any decisions are made. In addition, we know that the CAHPI conference will be from the 3rd to the 5th of March, and this will allow those inspectors who wish to attend both to be able to do so without having to have two sets of travel requirements.
Again we have opted for the Admiral Inn in Mississauga. While we recognise our members come from all over the Province, we believe that this location offers the best balance of ease of access and rates of accommodation, within easy reach of the two Toronto Airports, Hamilton Airport, GO transit and the 4XX series highways.
This years conference will be broken up into three streams.
With mandatory energy auditing on the horizon in Ontario, one stream will be dedicated to formal training, offering heavily discounted training from CRESNET to members to obtain their Certified House Tightness Tester Certification, which is a step towards the HERS Energy Auditor testing professional certification.
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING CERTIFICATION TRAINING
This one-day certification course, offered by CRESNET trained instructors, will train students in the building science behind and the operation of a blower door to measure the air tightness of a house. Through fan-depressurization of the house the trained inspector can measure the air leakage coming into the house through various leaks and offer homeowners substantiated recommendations on how to make their homes tighter, and therefore, more energy efficient. CRESNET (Canadian Residential Energy Services Network) is the internationally recognized organization and standards implementer for HERS energy raters in Canada.
Instructor: Michael White. Michael is a Certified Energy Evaluator and President of RGL Consultants. In this role Michael brings extensive experience to the company and quarterbacks the team by coordinating builders’ High Performance Housing planning. Michael is also the Energy Program Director and Lead Trainer for Nationwide Energy Advisors (NEA). In this capacity Michael trains new Advisors across the country to become Certified Energy Advisors.
The second stream will offer two continuous days of proctored examinations for the CCHI program. We recognise that many inspectors will have completed online courses that, while have exams, do not offer the benefit of proctoring. We are in full support of online training, and in particular applaud the InterNACHI stance of making online training free to all members of that Association. We also recognise that any regulation passed by the Ontario Government will require certifications that can be qualified by proctored examination of the Inspectors. The CCHI program does just that, and we strongly recommend Inspectors that do not have a certification that relies on Proctored Examinations to take advantage of these streams.
The third stream will be along the lines of past conferences where we facilitate presentations on subjects that will be of use to a Professional Home Inspector in operating their business. This year we already have confirmed offerings from companies that can help Inspectors maximise their business using technology, extend their services using tools mentioned in the CSA-A770 Inspection standard, and consolidate their services with offerings such as Asbestos detection and sampling, Indoor Air Quality testing and Radon measurement services. We are particularly excited to see the latter as OntarioACHI has been working hard with the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists over the last year to help develop a technical paper. This paper provide compelling evidence as well as protocols as to why mandatory Radon Inspection should be carried out during a Real-Estate transaction. This would bring Canada into line with the United-States, most of Europe and many other parts of the developed world.
Speaker: P. Nathan Thornberry
Topic: The State of Home Inspection: Ontario
Buyers are foregoing inspections all too often in populated areas of Ontario at near record numbers. Join us at OntarioACHI to discover why it’s happening and what we can do as business owners to combat this trend…or if we should combat this trend at all.
Nathan’s two hour presentation will include the Keynote as well as updates on trends in Home Inspection throughout Ontario and beyond, the latest in marketing strategies, and some key consumer data you should know as a home inspection business owner.
The conference will close with our Annual General Meeting of members where the upcoming changes to regulation and the impact on the profession will be discussed and changes to your association will be determined based upon your approval or rejection the information supplied and recommendations made by your board.
To register as an attendee and find out more about this event you can go here to register.
If you would like to sponsor the event, advertise or even present at this event you can go here to register too.
For more information or to discuss the AGM and Conference further please email the registrar.