Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tiny House Industry Leaders Meet with IRC

About a week ago I posted an article, Tiny House Industry Begins Long Road To IRC Inclusion, originally published by Tiny House Build, about their efforts to be included in the IRC code regulations.

Their portion of the IRC hearings just concluded and once again I would like to share an article from Tiny House Build about what was accomplished by the tiny house folks. It's a good read and shows the passion and dedication needed to make tiny houses part of the IRC which would make it harder for companies to sell storage sheds and barns to people wanting to build a tiny house.

Update from the ICC Hearings in Kansas City

by Andrew on October 25, 2016 in Codes and Zoning, Helping Each Other/Inspiration, Zoning/Codes

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I know many of you have been waiting patiently for an update from the International Code Council (ICC) Hearings in Kansas City. As I write this, I’m in flight on my way back home and Gabriella is on her way to Seattle area. As much as we are exhausted, we want to get this update to you so that you can get a sense of what the experience was like.

Here’s the summary: we cleared two major hurdles on the track to approval of tiny houses in the international residential building code (the IRC). We are PSYCHED, BUT to be clear, we have NOT received the complete and final approval. There is one more significant step in front of us that will take place over the course of this next month. We have more work ahead of us but we truly had the very best outcome possible at the hearings.

Check out this short video we made right after the approval.


Weeks before the hearings actually began, I assembled a group of some of the finest tiny house folks I know to create a team to defend the tiny house proposal.  This team included Macy Miller, BA Norrgard, Jeremy Weaver, Meg Stephens, James Herndon, Zack Giffin, and David Latimer. Our team had the honor of being mentored by ICC hearing veterans Martin Hammer and David Eisenberg. Martin and David were co-authors of the straw bale code that was recently added into the 2015 IRC. They know all about presenting new technologies to the ICC, including dangerous pitfalls to stay clear of. We were humbled to have their guidance and owe a huge part of the success of the hearings to them.

CLICK HERE to read the entire Tiny House Build article

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