CHI, CTech, CEA
ASTTBC – Certified House Inspector & Certified Technician - Building Sciences
Tracy Smith is licenced with Consumer Protection BC and certified through Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) as a Certified House Inspector (CHI) and Certified Technician - Building Sciences (CTech).
Residential House Inspections
All ASTTBC members are regulated by the Professional Governance Act (PGA). Therefore, the focus is on public safety – not on promoting the business of members. House inspectors with ASTTBC are “Certified” under the PGA. ASTTBC has approx. 10,000 members from various technical backgrounds; House Inspectors are only a fraction of their membership.
An ASTTBC House Inspector has a stamp or seal for their work and they are held to higher standard in home inspection industry as regulated by PGA. Of course, they must adhere to a code of ethics and have yearly requirements for career professional development. They are subject to regular practice reviews and may be reviewed by the disciplinary committee.
Currently all House Inspectors in BC have to be licenced by Consumer Protection BC (CPBC) but there are no requirements through CPBC for inspectors to complete any continuing education.
Commercial Building Inspections
To become a Certified Technician - Building Sciences with ASTTBC, you must meet high standards for education and experience within a built background. Relevant and qualified references are required along with an explanation of education, and experience for competency claimed with samples of prior work.
A CTech designation means scientific technical scope, further than construction only background and especially relevant when doing commercial inspections or being called as an expert witness for court. These tasks tend to require a more detailed evaluation and explanation of building systems. It may also give negotiating leverage, depending on the inspector’s findings.
Natural Resources Canada – Energy Advisor Consulting
Tracy is a Certified Energy Advisor (CEA) with Natural Resources Canada and registered through a licensed Service Organization, Home Tech Energy Solutions.
To demonstrate compliance under the BC Energy Step Code for Part 9 on residential buildings, energy modelling and airtightness testing is necessary for new homes by January 2022. Energy Assessments are also done for existing homes to help homeowners decide how to increase their energy efficiency.
Financial rebates and incentives are available from BC Hydro and Fortis BC for new construction in meeting targets, working with a CEA and also for improving efficiency of existing homes.
Tracy has served since 2017 on the ASTTBC Property Inspectors Certification Board.
Providing third party inspections for the Mike Holmes Group – Holmes Approved Homes program – and working with First Nation communities through BC has her familiar with construction methods, materials and the BC Building Code.
Tracy has provided expert witness in court and is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBACI)
Detailed Inspections Testimonials
Tracy was professional and provided a very detailed report. She went above and beyond the expectations we had for a home inspectors. She pointed out several issues within the home as well as with the surrounding area.
I would happily use Tracy again and recommend her to everyone looking for a quality home inspections.
Thank you very much, Tracy, it was a pleasure meeting and working with you. You are very professional but yet approachable and personable. Everything looks good and plenty of information and recommendations for repairs. I have downloaded the pictures and will go through them at a later date. Take care, stay safe and healthy.
Very informative, great explanations, polite and professional service! We would highly recommend Tracy Smith!
I was stuck needing someone very very last minute and not only did she help by shifting her schedule she was able to me in the afternoon so I could be in from out of town too. The roads ended up closed on me. When I got her report it was like I went through the home with her. I was blown away with her attention to detail without being wordy and lengthy. She was detailed in every corner of the home right down to recomendations to improve savings. She even listed websites for rebates. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend and I am not one to be overly impressed easly.