I put this under "off topic", because we don't have a category for rants.
Have you ever paced off a distance allowing about three feet per stride? I have learned that my normal stride is just a bit short, so I compensate with slightly longer steps and it seems to get me in the ballpark, so to speak. But have 20 people measure off the same distance using the same technique and you will probably locate 20 different spots. Now, have everyone repeat that measurement 50 times and the shorter folks will probably have lost sight of those with longer legs.
The idea is, every step we take has a plus or minus error built into it, and the more steps we take the less chance there is that we will end up where we are headed. So, where am I headed with this? Performing an energy audit is a process of measuring, estimating, guesstimating, and flat out making up numbers to plug into some software to determine the heat loss in a home, accurately enough to grant or deny a home owner their rebate if they miss by just one percentage point. Plug your ears, THAT'S RIDICULOUS!
Don't get me wrong, what we do is fantastic and an invaluable service to home owners and our country in the fight against rising energy costs or carbon emissions, however you want to view it, but it never was and there is no purpose in it becoming, a tool to define the exact energy use of a home, too many steps with too many variables. If I were to purchase a home today, I would look at a rating number (I'm a geek), but it would be far less important than a thousand other considerations, or my wife's two thousand. Talk to some real estate people and "energy use" barely comes up in their conversation, so it certainly isn't THAT important to home owners.
I won't go into who is responsible, we all know, but piling on regulations and certifications, endlessly, is a waste of time and money. The fundamental function of an energy auditor should be to audit a home, produce a report, and move on. The construction people can read (no slam intended), they are subject to inspections, and the home owner can decide what they want to have done and who they want to do it. As far as incentives are concerned, add up what people can save with your recommendations, $500 to $5,000 a year is a pretty good incentive.
No, our government has plenty of problems to be working on, and energy auditing is not one of them.