Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Residential Energy Efficiency Building Inspectors: Keeping Homes Temperate

What makes residential energy efficiency building inspectors different from other building inspectors? The Oregon Employment Department is trying to answer that question by researching the difference between green and non-green workers in similar occupations.

Energy efficiency is in the job title of residential energy efficiency building inspectors, and also in the definition of a green job. However, it is not obvious what tasks or skills are associated with energy efficiency, and we also have limited knowledge of the non-green tasks residential energy efficiency building inspectors perform.

We partnered with WorkKeys to shed some light on these unknowns. A specially trained WorkKeys analyst met with workers in this occupation to learn more about their tasks and skills. Here’s a sample of their tasks:

Workers in this field evaluate structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.

There are several certifications associated with this occupation, included LEED and Earth Advantage. (More details are available in the full version of this article.) Some types of work in the field of building inspection also require licensing.

More Info?
Energy efficiency building inspectors are a subset within the broader category of construction and building inspectors. As a result, we do not currently have wage data, employment levels, employment projections, or other statistics specifically about energy efficiency building inspectors, but more information about skills, tasks, and training opportunities will be available as our research continues.

The full version of this article is by research analyst Erica Thatcher (503-947-1713 or

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