EDI Code of Ethics
The Members of the Exterior Design Institute (EDI) are committed to providing quality and professional service to the public. This Code of Ethics sets forth principles and rules of conduct enforced by EDI through specific procedures contained in Section B, Judicial Procedures. This Code of Ethics is applicable to all EDI Members and EDI affiliates as defined in the EDI bylaws.
PRINCIPLE 1: QUALITY OF CARE
Members shall commit to ongoing professional development and education as established by the EDI Board of Directors and the EDI bylaws..
PRINCIPLE 2: INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
Members shall strive to recognize and respect the rights, dignity and individuality of all persons. A Member shall not unlawfully discriminate or knowingly permit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability.
PRINCIPLE 3: REPRESENTATION OF CARE AND FEES
A.Members shall make no representations regarding their services or qualifications that are false or misleading in any material respect. B. Members shall fully disclose all applicable charges for services, as well as the general scope of the services prior to conducting an inspection or providing other services. Members shall not inspect for a fee any property in which the EDI Inspector, or the EDI Inspector's Company, has any financial interest or any interest in the transfer of the property. C. Members shall not offer or deliver any compensation, inducement, or reward to the owner of the inspected property, the broker, agent, or home inspector for the referral of any business to the EDI Inspector, the EDI Affiliate Inspection Company or EDI Affiliate Remediation Contractor.
PRINCIPLE 4: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
General Conflicts of Interest: Members shall avoid conflicts of interest with regard to their professional activities, financial considerations or other interests. At such time as a Member becomes reasonably aware that an actual, apparent or potential conflict of interest exists, the Member shall refrain from providing services or opinions until full disclosure has been made, and the conflict waived in writing by the appropriate parties.
Suggested Guidelines for EDI Members that provide both inspection and stucco remediation contractor services. The Member's legal counsel should verify these guidelines comply with their local laws and they should review specific procedures and documents.
1. To avoid conflict of interest complications, an EDI Member can adopt the policy of not repairing projects they inspected for twelve (12) months and having Independent Third Party Inspectors inspect the projects that they have remediated.
2. On small projects (generally less than $1000 of repairs), the EDI Members or their companies shall provide full disclosure of potential conflicts of interest if the owner wants them to perform the repairs; including appropriate disclosure and waiver forms. All repairs should be properly inspected by an Independent EDI Certified Third Party Inspector or equal.
3. On all other projects where EDI Certified Third Party Inspectors or their companies are performing both inspections and repairs, the EDI Certified Inspector should establish a procedure with the help of their legal counsel to avoid conflict of interest concerns. The procedure may involve the following steps:
Perform the stucco inspection and write the report identifying the problem areas. If qualified to do so, develop the specification for repairs to correct the problem areas identified. Provide this information to the owner so they can solicit bids for the repairs. If the EDI Certified Inspector or their company is not asked to provide a bid to perform the repairs, then the EDI Certified Inspector can remain available as a consult and independent Third Party Inspector to monitor the remediation.
If the owner desires that the EDI Inspector or their company provide a bid for the repairs, then the EDI Certified Inspector shall document the change in the relationship with the owner and obtain appropriate waivers to establish consent from the owner prior to bidding the project. If the original EDI Inspector's company wins the bid, they shall require that the owner hire an Independent EDI Certified Third Party Inspector or equal to monitor the remediation.
If the original EDI Inspector's company does not win the bid, then they can be retained as the Independent EDI Certified Third Party Inspector to monitor the remediation by the successful bidder.