National Tiny House Code 2018 IRC
For those of you who don't know us, we are Andrew and Gabriella Morrison. We designed and built the moveable tiny house known as hOMe and we work tirelessly to inspire others to reach their dream of a simple, joyous, tiny life. You can learn more about us and what we do on our website ( www.TinyHouseBuild.com).
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Andrew recently spent months writing, developing, and fighting for the approval of a new code for the International Residential Code (IRC) for the construction of tiny houses. The IRC is the model code for the majority of residential construction in the United States. In fact, according to the International Code Council: “The IRC is in use or adopted in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Andrew hired a seasoned mentor who had previous success with code language and approvals; and, together, they created a comprehensive code appendix that allows for the legal construction of tiny houses used as a primary residence in the United States.
This is a BIG DEAL and will have a HUGE IMPACT on the construction of tiny houses all over the US. We won the necessary votes and we got the code appendix approved. It is officially part of the 2018 IRC!
Check out this link for more information on the IRC process and to read the full code proposal.
Having a tiny house appendix in the IRC code means more than you may imagine.
It means that people who are strapped for money because of insanely high rents or mortgages could get out from under that weight.
It means that people who have lost their homes and are living on the street could have a dignified place to live move into and get their lives back on track.
It means that college students could afford housing to start themselves out on the right foot after graduation.
And for all of us building tiny houses, it means that we finally have a guidepost to building safe and healthy homes with a certificate of occupancy at the end of that road.
Simply healthy, safe housing that inspires people to live a life of joy, passion, and exploration.
WHAT WE NEED & HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We need to raise money to support the ongoing, behind-the-scenes effort of getting this code approved. The two main things we need to raise money for are:
1. Helping to repay the fees for the assistance of Andrew’s seasoned Mentor.
2. Travel costs across the country as we continue to meet with code officials in different states in support of the code.
3. Andrew is NOT taking any professional fees from this campaign. Instead, it is soley used as outliend in #1 and #2 above.
THE CODE HAS BEEN APPROVED!
We won our votes both at the initial code hearing and during a subsequent, nationwide vote. We have a tiny house building code as a result. Now, we need each state to adopt that code, and that is where our work lies.
YOU CAN HELP BE THE CHANGE!
We are a large community of passionate people. Even a seemingly small donation of $10 or $20 multiplies fast, and can go a long way! WE CAN DO THIS!
I hope that you will join us in supporting this powerful effort to make housing affordable in the US once again. We will forever be grateful, as will all of those who build their houses to the approved tiny house code appendix.
Here's to hoping for success!!!
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Thanks for all your help everyone!
Martin and I just completed the required Commentary for the Appendix. This document expands upon the work we did for the code language and explains WHY we wrote the code and HOW we came to our conclusions. It's been a long year of hard work, and we need your support.
I am paying Martin for his professional services related to the creation of the code and all of our travel expenses around the US as we work to see the Appendix adopted have come out of our own pockets. Any help you can muster is so very appreciated.
The building code will help us all. It is the path to LEGAL TINY HOMES in the United States and beyond. Please join those supporting our team: a group of regular people, dedicated to making tiny houses legal! Thank you in advance for your help.
Martin and I are still working on things in the background. We are traveling to different states (Massachusetts, Maine, New Mexico, etc.) to meet with the building code division members in hopes of gaining adoptions. We are working on the moveable tiny house code language for 2021, and we are currently writing the required Code commentary for our Appendix.
All this to say that we appreciate your continued support and financial help. If you know anyone who might benefit from our efforts and who would be interested in supporting our work, we would appreciate their help as well.
Again, thank you.
The first is a summary of what happened in Kansas City. You can read that here: https://tinyhousebuild.com/update-from-the-icc-hearings-in-kansas-city/
The second is a post I just wrote today which is the call to action for helping us make it over the final hurdle: the final vote from the ICC. We need everyone to work together to call building officials and get out the vote. We need to win a 2/3 majority of upwards of 20,000 voting members. Please read how you can help here: https://tinyhousebuild.com/help-legalize-tiny-houses/
We literally could not have done this without you all. Thank you so much for your support and now (an advance thank you) for your help getting this baby passed!!!
If you know a building official who supports tiny houses, please ask them to draft a letter supporting our public comment on RB168-16 and email me a copy or tag it here. Thanks!!!!
As a homeless disabled vet tiny house living is key to enjoying life. Living on very tight budget, I understand the need for this bill to be passed. Being a nature enthusiasts, I see the true potential in whst this bill will do both for recreation of lands, wildlife and welfare of so many who share my ever more common situation. I have drawn up my plans for the tiny house of my dreams, but without this bill it will be impossible to build that dream. Passing of this bill allows for cheaper construction cost, better quality of homes, better quality of life for myself and millions like me. Thank you for sharing this dream..... Lcpl Epperson, u.s.m.c.
Hi Kathy Sutton. Just wanted to let you know that if this proposal is approved, it would be implemented across the US in any jurisdiction that uses the IRC. That is the model code for most residential housing in the United States. According to the ICC website "The International Residential Code (IRC) is in use or adopted in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands."
Would love some assistance with this! We are being forced out of our 560 square foot home. We need help and fast! Here is the link to only part of the story that Northern MI news picked up! This she'd" turned home took us from homeless to a roof over our heads! https://www.facebook.com/cristy.a.brown/posts/10155759321964472
Hello! This is amazing! My goal is live with my 3 kids in a tiny home! We are currently homeless (staying with my sister until a place comes up) and i even started a gofundme to help us get a place! My goal would be a tiny house or a small starter home! Tiny homes are the new and only way to go!
I also have a gofundme upfor a young woman who has struggled with a black cloud. She tries her best to raise her two boys without help from their dad. She works but she lives in a place where most work is seasonal. She never has enough to pay for an apt. for her and boys. The boys have NEVER had a room to call their own, ages 12 & 9. She has lived withher sister, back at her moms, friends, etc. I am building a tiny house/barn, only 20 x 12. I put in 1,000. of my own money toward supplies. I went to job sites and asked for wood from workers. I got 2 x 4's with nails or mistakes but it helps. I have almost enough to finish building but have no money for wiring, a bathroom, etc. It is just the structure. I also have partial leftover drywall to piece and part, and roofing tiles. I wish you could come help us build this for her. I am 56, a woman and have done this project all by myself, noone has helped. I even sent letters to construction crews and asked if they would donate a few hours. No one came.
I see a lot of questions, but to me it is a no-brainer. I believe that all people who want to live tiny, anywhere in the world should support this in any way they can, not just for a particular state because it is obviously a matter of time and as different states adopt anything, others will follow suite. I supported you before and will be very happy to do it again.
Me and my daughter could use one of these we live on the streets Ive gotten a gofundme here the name is young homeless mother. Anything who help. Thanks also
Want to say, IM happy for you. At this very moment I was choosing which site to use. I've had a big hardship and a tiny house is perfect. I've seen this very one. Amazing. Come to Oklahoma, maybe I'll have raised enough.
Nice! I just started a campaign because we are trying to get money towards the house and here you are building them lol good luck! Please pray that me and my husband get support. Jennifer Washington
Hi Ben. Thanks for checking in. We are looking to raise money to help pay for the travel for all of the speakers headed to Kansas City to support the proposed tiny house code. There are 10 speakers traveling and we need to cover airfares and lodging. In addition, the funds will be used to pay the invoice for the man hired to help write the code specific language, without whom this proposal would never have happened. Thanks for asking...
What exactly is this for? I really want to donate but I want to know what it's all about.
What wonderful generous people.
Hi Ruth. I feel the same way! I have only been able to share the update from "inside" the campaign. It then goes automatically to my facebook page and I then share it from there. You can share it from my page or from the TinyHouseBuild.com facebook page if you can't find my personal page. Thanks for asking!
I'm not usually incompetent with technology, but I have not been able to share the memes. When I click to share, a post goes up with the original photo from the campaign. When I clicked save on the photo, it took me directly to Pinterest. Can anyone give me instructions to post the memes to Facebook? Thanks.
Thanks for the tip Shirley! Andrew
Hi Martha. Thanks for your message. At this point, we are still working on travel arrangements for all of the speakers. Once we have that all set, we will know our hard costs for both airlines and hotels. In the meantime, I have a running spreadsheet that is tracking the information as it comes in. I will also be receiving the final invoice from Martin Hammer this evening for all the work he and his contacts put into creating the code proposal language. That too will be added to the spreadsheet. In terms of a business plan to get the code implemented, that is outside of the work I am doing. My focus is on getting the code approved. Once approved, it is up to the individual states to adopt the 2018 IRC, which would include our appendix. Being that this process is a state-by-state venture, it is beyond the scope of what I am doing today. For now, the focus remains on the ICC hearings and getting our proposal approved. If the proposal is approved, or even if it is denied, I will likely work on submitting a similar code proposal to the IBC (International Building Code) and then continue to work on revising the current proposal for the next code cycle within the IRC. It is an ongoing process and the proposal, if approved, will need adjustments to make it even more comprehensive in the next rendition. If it is denied, we need to adjust it so that it can be approved in the next cycle, based on the feedback we receive in KC. Unfortunately, I am at the mercy of the process and have to follow their time lines. Andrew
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