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R-2000 Inspectors

Training and Licensing Requirements

R-2000 inspectors conduct site inspections during construction or just prior to occupancy to ensure that the construction of the house corresponds to plans submitted for the HOT2000 simulation and meets the requirements of the R-2000 Standard.

To become a licensed R-2000 inspector, you must:

  • Have a professional working level of knowledge in:
    • building science, especially the concept of the "house as a system"
    • conventional and energy-efficient construction
    • building materials and mechanical systems
    • indoor air quality concepts
    • impact of materials and systems on the environment
    • blueprint reading
    • the use of computers
    • geometry and arithmetic

  • Attend the R-2000 Builder Workshop and get a passing grade of 75 percent or higher in the final exam.

  • Be an active, licensed R-2000 plan evaluator.

  • Attend the R-2000 Inspection Workshop.

  • Successfully complete the HRAI "Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation" course, or equivalent, and hold valid, up-to-date certification from HRAI or other recognized agencies. This course may be taken at the same time as the apprenticeship period described below.

    Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended that R-2000 inspectors take the HRAI "Residential Mechanical Ventilation System Design" and the "Residential Air System Design" courses during their training or soon after their training is complete. The HRAI "Residential Heat Loss and Heat Gain Calculations" course would also be an asset when performing R-2000 home inspections.

  • Conduct a minimum of two R-2000 house inspections under the apprenticeship of a licensed R-2000 inspector.

  • Have an active, up-to-date licensing agreement with NRCan, giving you the right to use the R-2000 name and logo.

  • Adhere to the responsibilities for R-2000 inspectors outlined by the R-2000 Initiative.

  • Adhere to the R-2000 Code of Ethics.

  • Perform an inspection of an R-2000 house and attend the R-2000 Builder Update Workshop at least every two years.

For more information, contact the regional R-2000 delivery agent in your area.

R-2000 is an official mark of Natural Resources Canada.