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WHAT IS THE COMMERCIAL MASTER TEMPLATE?

The Commercial Master Template is a single, comprehensive template that can be used to create a wide variety of commercial and light industrial templates.

From office buildings, warehouses, loading docks, restaurants, and retail, to numbered units like hotels, motels, and apartments, having this powerful tool will vastly reduce the amount of time it takes to develop your own robust commercial templates. To develop them in the way that works best for you, template organization and narratives are editable.

 

HOW IS IT USED?

An inspector duplicates the Master Template and then using the duplicate, uses the “Edit Template” feature to delete whatever systems and components don't apply to whatever type of inspection he's creating. 

For an inspection with numbered units (hotel, motel, apartments, etc.), narratives are written with a space for room numbers. Many non-numbered sections can be deleted, reducing the template size. A particular type of defect that appears in multiple units can be documented in a single narrative.

For an office building with a warehouse and loading docks, many numbered sections can be deleted. To create such a template took me less than 10 minutes!

 

DOES IT FOLLOW A STANDARDS OF PRACTICE?

Most states* have no Standards of Practice requirements for commercial inspection as they do for home inspection. However, commercial Standards of Practice do exist and are commonly used. The most common are:

ASTM E2018 – 15 (published 2001)

This is the most commonly requested Standard. The Commercial Master Template generally follows the ASTM E2018 framework, including the organization and titles. Some titles do not have content but serve as prompts for portions of an ASTM template containing content unique to individual properties. This Master Template can be used to create an ASTM E2018 compliant report, but will require some editing decisions by the user.

Property Condition Assessments (PCA): A substantial amount of framework for performing a PCA is included, but including content for items like Reserve Studies and similar property-unique items exceeds the scope of this template. PCA content can vary and is specified in the agreement between the consultant and the client.

COMSOP (CCPIA, published 2019)

The Certified Commercial Inspectors Association (CCPIA) uses COMSOP in its courses.                                                                     

*The following states use regulatory language that affects the performance of a commercial inspection: Oklahoma, Nevada, Texas, North and South Carolina, and Vermont.

 

HOW DOES COMMERCIAL NARRATIVE LANGUAGE DIFFER FROM RESIDENTIAL?

Commercial narratives don't explain the obvious.

Commercial clients are more sophisticated than residential clients. For example, they don't need to be told to hire a qualified electrical contractor to deal with electrical issues.

Developed by Kenton Shepard

Author of the InterNACHI Narrative Library: Residential. See Kenton's qualifications here.

 

SECTION SCREENS

Pay attention to the headings and sub-headings to get a realistic idea of the scope of this template. It contains around 8,700 unique narratives.

 

SITE ELEMENTS

Parking Lot: Stormwater Drainage

 

Parking Lot: Surface Condition

 

Loading Dock: Trailer Restraints

 

Loading Dock: Dock Levelers

 

Structural Frame and Building Envelope: Roof Deck Deficiencies

 

Structural Frame and Building Envelope: Brick Structural Condition

 

Structural Frame and Building Envelope: Wall Structure

 

Structural Frame and Building Envelope: Stucco/EIFS/DEFS

 

 

ROOFING

Roofing: thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO)

 

Roofing: ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM)

Roofing: spray foam polyurethane (SPF)

 

PLUMBING

Water Distribution: Plumbing Distribution Pipe

 

Gas System: Gas Distribution Pipes

 

Water Heater: Pressure Relief Valve

 

 

HVAC

Rooftop Units: Economizer

 

 

Rooftop Units: Evaporator

 

Rooftop Units: Electrical

 

 

ELECTRICAL

Transformers

 

Service Voltage

 

Devices & Fixtures

 

Devices & Fixtures #

 

VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION

 

LIFE SAFETY/FIRE PROTECTION

Means of Egress: EXIT SIGNS

 

STAIRWAYS IBC

 

EXIT SIGNS

 

FIRE PROTECTION

 

FIRE ESCAPE

 

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN: Exhaust Hood

 

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN: Walk-in

 

 

RESTROOM: Stalls

 

Bathrooms (#)

 

POOL & SPA

BARRIER SYSTEM

 

HEATING SYSTEM