San Diego, California is following the lead of Fresno and San Luis Obispo, to allow moveable tiny homes as permissible and permanent living in backyards thanks to the hard work of the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and the American Tiny House Association ( ATHA) .
We owe a special thanks to Dan Fizpatrick-the Director of Government Relations for both THIA and ATHA. Other municipalities are considering the option include Los Angeles, Sacramento, Oakland and Humboldt County.
Dan Fitzpatrick Worked With The San Diego City Council
Dan says” This is a week of good news in tiny house land! For the past several months ATHA and THIA have been working with the San Diego City Council and staff to legalize movable tiny houses as ADUs. As you may recall, I had the opportunity, several months ago, to present to the Council on the wisdom of including movable tiny houses as ADUs.
Today the Land Use and Housing council committee voted unanimously to direct City Attorney to draft an amendment to San Diego’s municipal code that would allow movable tiny houses as ADU’s. ”
Moveable Tiny Homes: Not Your Average Trailer
While movable tiny houses have wheels, city officials said, they aren’t like a conventional trailer or recreational vehicle. Instead, they are built like a traditional home, with interior space geared for daily living.
The committee voted unanimously to direct City Attorney Mara Elliott to draft an amendment to San Diego’s municipal code that would allow movable tiny houses as long as property owners adhere to a long list of restrictions and requirements.
Proposed Regulations For Tiny Homes 150 to 430 Square Feet
Fire resistant roofs
Connected to sewer, water, electricity
No short term rentals-no fewer than 30 days
Registered at the DMV
Wheels stay on
Property owners do NOT have supply a parking spot
Benefits Of A Moveable Tiny Home As A Backyard ADU
Encouraging multi-generational housing
Seniors can age in place
Extra income for homeowners
A solution to affordable housing
A homeowner can participate in rent control
Alternative to a dorm
Alternative to the high cost of Assisted Living
Faster to complete compared to a granny flat
Approval Expected By Early 2020
Sherman said he expects the committee to vote on the municipal code change allowing tiny houses by the end of the year. The full City Council is expected to approve the new policy in early 2020.
Buckingham County, Virginia-Will it become the next mecca for tiny homes? Yes it will ! The tiny home industry is so blessed to have an advocate like Melanie Copeland that has just closed on her land she purchased with her husband in Buckingham County.
The best part is their tiny home that they built with their own hands, will be classified as a dwelling.
The wheels can stay on, they can come and go as they please if they happen to want to travel and the county even approved their Nature’s Head Compost toilet. There is a septic system on the property, where the county requires the grey water to go into. The county only made one more request to tie the home down. The word dwelling is music to our ears in the tiny home industry-which means a permanent residence.
What’s Your Tiny Story?
Melanie contacted the Tiny Home Industry Association, ( THIA ), because a friend had shown her an article that I had written titled Jurisdictions Allowing Moveable Tiny Homes and she knew we would be excited about the news. Melanie and I immediately became kindred spirits and talked for hours regarding her long, arduous journey of trying to find a legal place to live. We patiently waited to break the story on THIA, the day they closed on their land and was THIA’s first official What’s Your Tiny Story? We want to document the beautiful stories of how people made tiny living possible as a testament to others that it can be done.
Affordable Housing: A Crisis Every City
We are making progress in our search for permissible and permanent living for tiny homes which is crucial, because affordable housing is a crisis in every major city. We love these success stories. Just yesterday, I donated to Facing Homelessness, a non profit, founded by Rex Hohlbein in Seattle that has started the Block Project where they are putting tiny homes as ADUs in the backyards of Seattle homes. Rex, a Seattle architect started a Facebook page that features a homeless person in a black and white photo and asks for something the person might need. It could be as simple as paint brushes or a tent or I have seen a request to pay for someone’s rent for a year. Every time, the need is met and surpasses the request.
A woman named Jeannie was featured yesterday with tears rolling down her sweet face, with absolutely no place to go. She had a cascade of unfortunate events, including massive health problems, the death of her mother, the loss of her home, almost being dragged into the bushes and robbed and she was sitting in this U-Haul that she owed money to and she was at the end of her rope. Rex asked for $750.00 to pay for a hotel stay for a week to figure out the next steps to help her. In 12 hours, over $8300.00 was donated by less than 300 people and they pulled the pay pal link. This speaks of the humanity I know we are-lending a hand to others in need. I went to sleep with Jeannie’s face on my mind last night, knowing that her heart, maybe for the first time in many years could rest, nurtured by the love of complete strangers. One lady gave only $5.00 and she apologized, but everyone praised her, because to her, it might as well been a $100.00. Just had to stop and share that story.
Back to Melanie’s story………
Their Mortgage $70.00 A Month
I told a friend of mine that her mortgage will be only $70.00 a month. He laughed and said” that is my bar bill a month” Can you imagine, they have a home that is paid for and two incomes will have to share the mortgage burden ( wink wink ) of $35.00 a month each.
Melanie Copeland, Tiny Home Dweller And Advocate
What I love about Melanie, is that she has a giving heart and even though they have found their legal place and they can rest, she will still continue to forge the way for others in Buckingham County and she has a group that has found 17 more legal places in Virginia that will accept tiny homes. You can join her Facebook page and you will find that she is such a delightful person and has the best advice, ”kill them with kindness”. Building officials only know what they know and can be educated.
More Affordable Land Available In Buckingham
Melanie said there is a lot of affordable land for sale and the county is so open and welcoming. They have even said ” Tell them to buy the land and come back and see us”. The county will even allow Melanie to have another tiny home as an ADU in their back yard as long as the septic system can support it.
You can rent in the backyard of an owner’s property with a civil agreement for your tiny home on wheels dwelling as another option as well!
To read all the details of Melanie Copeland’s -What’s Your Tiny Story? Click Here
To Learn more about Facing Homelessness, listen to Rex Hohlbein’s Ted Talk. Click Here
Forest Tiny Home Community- has two spaces for lease left for your wheeled tiny home in Newport, Tennessee in Cocke, County. All styles of tiny home are welcome here! The Forest Incredible Community is the first phase of three tiny home communities planned by Incredible Tiny Homes.
How The Communities Are Developed
To start any of these communities they need 30 people to enter into a 3-year lease with a $6,000 deposit. In exchange, you’ll receive a maintained lot for your tiny home complete with water and sewer hookups. The first two years of your lease are rent-free, and the third year will only cost $200 per month. Utilities will be set up in your name so you only pay for what you use. They expect to finish construction on a community 6 months after everyone’s signed up, but they can build communities simultaneously as long as they have 30 contracts per community.
Features: Wide Open Skies Perfect For Solar: All Utilities On Site
60 X 60 Lots
30 Or 50 Amps
Beach And Prairie: 30 People Needed For Each Development
Beach and Prairie are two more planned communities that have not started development yet, they will still have the same requirement of 30 people to start the development.
No Restrictions In Cocke County
Cocke county was just featured in the news and the county is attracting a lot of happy tiny home dwellers.
Newport home to dozens of new tiny homes Sept. 12th, 2019
It’s all happening off a side road in Newport, Tennessee. Now people are moving to a Cocke County and jobs are being created. “We’ve got 68 people moving to Cocke County from all over the United States. From New Mexico. From Washington. From Arizona. While this may have you itching to invest in a tiny home, be mindful of strict local regulations and coding. Cocke County has embraced them but regulations on what defines ‘a house’ haven’t caught up everywhere.
“The county is open to tiny homes. There’s no restrictions,” Jones said.
Tiny Home Industry Association Formed A New Board Of Directors
The Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) has formed a new Board Of Directors and we just launched our new website on August 27th, 2019 thanks to the sponsorship and dedicated hard work of web designer Lloyd Mabuto with Final Touch Lab. Lloyd also built my website. Beyond his amazing work, what stands out is is infinite patience and kindness that is always present while working with him. I am the Media Coordinator For The Tiny Home Industry Association.
Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) Mission And Vision
Unifying A Movement By Developing Standards And Promoting Best Practices In The Construction, Placement And Widespread Use Of Tiny Homes As Permissible And Permanent Housing.
We envision a world in which people are allowed to choose from a broader range of economical, ecologically responsible, safe and healthy housing solutions.
Media Coordinator OF The Tiny Home Industry Association
I am the Media Coordinator for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA). I was tasked with breathing life to a website that had not been active in years and never really highlighted the members that were working behind the scenes on behalf of the tiny home industry. We ended up starting from scratch. I spent two solid months, working full time adding content to the blog, creating a news page per state and went back a few years because I want to capture as many pivotal moments as I can, documenting the progress that is literally on fire.
Tiny Homes Are Saving The World
I feel tiny homes are saving the world- it is not an exaggeration. As I have been steeped in the daily news to add content to the website, I cannot tell you the joy and emotions I feel as I add the news and almost everyday, I have tears in my eyes-in so many ways-tiny homes bring out the best in humanity. In the midst of a world that seems like there is only chaos, with devastating news everywhere, the tiny home movement is becoming a focus that is creating real world solutions to immediate problems and needs and fueling so much needed hope.
I was especially touched to learn about the economic and social effect that Airbnb’s have had in civilizations that were on the brink of being lost that have revived not only benefits for the host-but in some cases-entire towns. Towns prosper by creating tiny home destinations that are on the beaten path and in some cases not even on a map. To the delight of their guests, the hosts can share their beautiful cultures and preserve a legacy for future generations. Creating tiny home destinations also impact so many other industries, Airlines, Ubers, shopping, events, etc……….resulting in the demand for tiny homes.
Demand For Tiny Homes
The demand for tiny homes is on the rise and supports so many industries, including local manufacturing, materials, builders, engineers, architects, work trades, inventors, craftsmen, business developers, online businesses including website design and hosting, trade shows, events and more. I have barely scratched the surface in naming the trickle effect of the tiny home industry.
The Best Way To Know Our Future Is To Create It
One of the most immediate needs I am sure most would agree is to give hope to our youth- which I want to cover in depth at a later time. The future is in our hands and molding our youth and giving them inspiration is a task we need to take on. Students are learning Math by building tiny homes in school which leads to a trade with a future. Kids are building homes for our heroes and the homeless and learning empathy and compassion-resulting in self esteem and pride which could just be the key -a change of destination and direction NOT to seek out drugs that devastate us all which often is chosen because their is no sense of hope.
There are so many articles that I have documented that restore my faith in humanity, that is a truer picture of who we are. Affordable housing is the hottest topic and cities all over the nation are tasked with finding solutions for the homeless, veterans, children aging out of foster care and seniors. Tiny Homes are always in the conversation. We need to create communities to support each other.
If you are tired of the daily bad news, head on over to THIA and you will be rejuvenated.
What’s Your Tiny Story?
What’s Your Tiny Story? THIA wants to know. We want to know your story, it could be the key to help someone else to keep forging on! I cannot wait to tell you about a woman and a the changes she made to a county that is behind her all the way that will open many doors for more tiny home dwellers. I spent 3 hours on the phone with her and learned about her entire journey.
We are waiting to get documents from the county to support her story. She is such an amazing advocate and she was forced to live under the radar for many years and now she has the backing of an entire county behind her. She will be able to live in her tiny home on wheels on her newly purchased land as a single family dwelling that will close in early October.
They are going to be classifying her home as a dwelling, which means a permanent residence, she can keep the wheels on and come and go as she pleases! They will require tie downs, allow her compost toilet and she could even add another tiny home as an ADU if she wanted as long as it supports the septic.
This lovely woman worked with the zoning, health department, building inspector and tax assessment office to make this happen, not only for herself but for the future of other tiny home dwellers. She will have full approval by next week and then we can celebrate her name and help open doors for others. A lot of land is available at reasonable prices. Stay tuned.!
At this time, new members are free. Please join the movement and help us Make Tiny Possible! We have a Resource and Events Page, an Appendix Q Page in progress and we are aiming to be one of the best sources for tiny home industry news. Visit the Blog.
A Tiny Home Start Up is seeking a Tiny Home Manager in New Mexico, 30 miles south of Albuquerque at River Edge Tiny Village on 17 acres.
Jill has acquired a former mobile home park along the Rio Grande River. The existing sites all have services.
Riveredge Tiny Village offers a great central location to all of New Mexico. The elevation is approximately 4200′ and the land is considered high desert, makes for striking contrast against the Monzano Mountain Range 10 miles away.
Requirements Of Manager
Typical requirements for position may require some or all of the below:
Increase Tiny Home Occupancy
Tenant rental collections and reporting
Assist with sales
Pre and post tenant clean ups/outs
Responding to marketing leads
Working with team to plan for tiny village expansion
Ensure community rules/policies are maintained
Expand AirBnB program
Housing will be provided as base salary ( MH OR lot + utilities if own Tiny Home), Bonuses/Commissions based on results.
Long Term Residents Sought
The goal at River’s Edge Tiny Village is to seeking long term residents, they are a startup so they are able to allow people to come and build their tiny home on site (with a construction time limit involved of 60 days), they can offer supervision over your Tiny home if you choose to leave it for extended periods of time, they can provide rental income if you want to place your tiny home in our Vacation Rental program, or you can live happily full time in this quiet little oasis near the river.
Riveredge Tiny Village is near an 18 hole golf course that is open year round, and there is an on demand bus service that can take you into the local town or to the highspeed rail for fast cheap transit to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. You would never know you were so close to the largest metro area in NM! This area is winter home to many migratory birds and fills the dusk skyline with wondrous sights of sand hill cranes flying in formation….or sorts!
Those who love to garden and long for community are welcomed!
There is an industrial park down the road that is offering new business opportunities to the area and Facebook is building a brand new facility 10 miles north. High speed internet is available from several vendors and our extensive hike/bike/ride trail system along the river goes for hundreds of miles.
I have a new financing opportunity to offer our customers. Nationwide financing up to $50,000 dollars that is unsecured with no money down. The loan is available up to five years.
We all ready have the best financing for tiny homes, however they will not loan on a shell, they will only loan on a completed unit. So, if you are only wanting a tiny home shell that you finish yourself, this could be the perfect loan.
Help With Down Payment
This new bank could also help to add to your down payment, if you are buying a tiny home that is completed.
Application Is Easy
When you first apply, it only creates a soft pull that does not affect your credit.
This is an eligibility inquiry or what’s also known as a “soft credit inquiry” to obtain information and will not affect your credit score. However, if you choose a loan product and apply for a loan, Lenders and their service providers will request your full credit report from one or more consumer reporting agencies.
You will receive a full disclosure of the terms of your loan for review before you become contractually obligated on your loan, and you are not required to accept the loan if you do not agree to those terms.
Loans up to $50,000
Affordable monthly payments
Easy online application
No pre-payment penalty
If you have 10 to 20% down and would like a ten year loan, we also have Nationwide financing with an excellent rate for those who have good credit, a low debt to income ratio and the income that can meet the lender’s requirements. With excellent credit, the lender has occasionally loaned 100%. See Details
Senate Bill ESSB 5383- Tiny Houses bill went into effect July 28th, 2019, sponsored by Senate Housing Stability & Affordability. It was originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Palumbo, Nguyen, Short, Van De Wege, Wilson, C., and Wilson L. First read 2/14/2019.
Focusing On Section One And Section Six Of ESSB 5383
Note: There has been some confusion regarding ESSB 5383. Many have assumed that this bill meant that Appendix Q, which was added to the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) relating to tiny homes on a foundation under 400 square feet was adopted in Washington state. If you get a copy of the original bill, 2/14/2019, it actually was going to be adopted.
Section One: Tiny House Villages
Individual cities and counties may allow tiny houses with wheels to be collected together as tiny house villages using the binding site10plan method articulated in chapter 58.17 RCW.
Appendix Q Can Provide A Basis For The Standards Requested In The Act
The legislature recognizes that the International Code Council in 2018 has issued tiny house building code standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code, which can provide a basis for the standards requested within this act.
Section Six: By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses
Sec. 6. RCW 19.27.035 and 2018 c 207 s 2 are each amended to read as follows: The building code council shall:
(1) ( A ) By July 1, 2019, adopt a revised process for the review of proposed statewide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW ; 19.27.031 and ;
(B) Adopt a process for the review of proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.
(2) By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses
After reviewing ESSB 5383 and also speaking to Richard Brown, the Managing Director of the Washington State Building Code Council, he has confirmed that Appendix Q has not been adopted. There is still a chance that it will be adopted, but it has been heavily amended. July 31st, 2019 is the launch of the new review process to adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses and the possible adoption of Appendix Q that has been amended.
Technical Advisory Groups ( TAGs )
The Council periodically initiates a process for review of code amendment proposals and new code requirements. The TAGs are a key part of the review process. The Council appoints experts and interest group representatives to serve on the TAGs to assist the Council by providing detailed information on state building code changes and other issues.
If you would like to be a part of the process, the public is welcome and participation is encouraged. You can participate in person, listen in or there is a WebEX option. Richard Brown sent me a copy of the amended document, the title is IRC Appendix Q. Tiny House: Sleeping Lofts. There will also be an opportunity in the future to speak in person or submit comments in writing.
If you have any further questions, please contact Richard Brown at (360) 407-9277.
Washington State Building Code Council
Post Office Box 41449
Olympia, WA 98504-1449
Phone: (360) 407-9277
Fax: (360) 586-9088
Residential Code Technical Advisory Group 2018 Code Cycle
The TAG is scheduled to begin reviewing the changes for the 2018 Washington State Amendments in the fall of 2018. The anticipated effective date of the 2018 WSEC is July 1, 2020.
Appendix Q: Tiny Homes On A Foundation
If you are interested in leaning more about Appendix Q and the states and jurisdictions that have adopted it, please visit the Tiny Home Industry Association and the ongoing work in progress titled Appendix Q: Tiny Homes On A Foundation.
Airbnb Founded In 2008 In Response To The Recession
Airbnb-Founded in 2008, in response to the economic collapse and recession. People turned their own home, their greatest expense as a means to survive in a devastating time and are now thriving, some single hosts are making a million a year.
Affordable housing is a problem in every city and homeowners are being taxed out of their own home because they cannot afford the yearly taxes. Precious Homes that have been in families for decades are being lost because the heirs cannot afford the taxes. Airbnb to the rescue.
Are you still wondering if you need to utilize your backyard or extra land for tiny home or ADU rental? Here is why you should jump on board.
The extra revenue helps you pay your mortgage
Helps with all the expenses of the property, taxes, insurance, utilities, upkeep
Could possibly prevent foreclosure
Gives the homeowner extra money to travel
Creates Financial Freedom
Airbnb Has Created A Boost In Economies In Over 30 Countries
Income for hosts
New Management Careers
Demand for materials, products and services
Demand for builders
Demand for architects and designers
Maintenance jobs such as cleaning and landscaping and tradesmen
Demand for webdesigners
Transport services such as Uber
Airbnb Started In San Francisco
Airbnb started in San Francisco and has grown into a global community with hosts across more than 6 million listings in 191 countries and 100, 000 cities. Airbnb helps visitors reach urban and rural destinations.
Airbnb 2018 Survey
According to new survey findings and an analysis of internal data released in July, 2019, Airbnb’s host and guest community generated over $100 billion in estimated direct economic impact across 30 countries in 2018 alone.
Additional Revenue For Communities
According to an Airbnb survey of more than 228,000 responses from our host and guest community around the world:
84 percent of Airbnb hosts say they recommend restaurants and cafes to guests.
69 percent of Airbnb hosts say they recommend cultural activities such as museums, festivals, and historical sites to guests.
51 percent of Airbnb hosts say hosting has helped them afford their homes.
On average, Airbnb guests say 42 percent of their spending occurs in the neighborhood where they stay.
50 percent of guests say they spent the money they saved by staying on Airbnb in the cities and neighborhoods they visited.
70 percent of guests say wanting to explore a specific neighborhood matters in their decision to use Airbnb.
86 percent of guests say the location being more convenient than hotels matters in their decision to use Airbnb.
Guests who say Airbnb impacted the length of their stay on average added 4.3 days to their trip.
His Ticket To Breaking $1 Million: Renting Villas On Airbnb June 26th, 2019
Ask Jan Jens, 27, how he would describe what he has built in his profitable, multi-million-dollar luxury-villa-rental business in Miami and he sums it up in two words: “Whatever. Whenever.”
That was in 2015. As a solopreneur, he broke $1 million in revenue within ayear-and-a-half after starting Jatina Group, he says. He has since built it to $7.5 million in revenue for 2018. After hitting $2.5 million a year as a sole proprietor in 2017, he has hired six people. He projects $10.5 million in revenue for 2019.
Airbnb Gets Swanky With Chateaus and Beach Homes Costing Up to $1 Million Weekly June 25th, 2019
Prices for the accommodations range from $1,000 to nearly $150,000 nightly, for an average around $2,000. Luxe also offers guests a “trip designer,” an around-the-clock concierge who can help guests plan their trips, from finding their dream vacation home to local activities.
Airbnb Estimated Direct Economic Impact Exceeds $100 Billion in One Year July 1st, 2019
This growth has come as Airbnb helps spread the benefits of tourism to some of the least visited destinations in the world, as well. Between 2016 and 2018, guest arrivals of travelers on the Airbnb platform increased substantially in places like Moldova (190%), Vanuatu (187%) and New Caledonia (175%).
100 Billion is a staggering amount, but what is more mind expanding is the fact that this does not include the hosts who did not take the survey, or account for the other types of rental businesses
There are also private owners that only advertise on craigslist as well that have short term vacation rentals from a room, a whole house, a tiny home, ADU and house boat. And now there is Hipcamp. So 100 billion does not even scratch the surface of of the revenue being generated! One of those cool facts.
Ready To Jump On Board the Airbnb train? Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins can help you create a backyard cottage, single studio, assisted living cabin, duplex, triplexes or tiny home village or development.
I do not normally engage in this type of subject, but I have actually been refraining from speaking regarding this subject for over 4 years. This has taken an amazing amount of strength not to comment and I was trying to take the high road.
I need to speak up because it has affected consumers and many businesses. It is time to speak up.
I believe in fair competition and gaining business by your own merits, not by trying to gain an edge over someone else by purposeful lies. All names will remain nameless.
The agency that inspects and certifies our cabins is Pacific West Associates. PWA has been unfairly targeted by a competing inspection agency to gain an edge in the tiny home industry. They gained a relationship with an Insurance company that for a long time was exclusive with them which is actually a restriction of trade. My insurance was personally canceled almost 5 years ago after having the policy for over 2 weeks because they said my park model ( which they normally insured ) was a tiny home. Now they insure both park models and tiny homes.
After I was canceled, I was in a bit of a panic, because I needed insurance for myself and others. I went on a massive search and almost 5 years later, insurance has now become a buyers market. Every need can be fulfilled in the tiny home industry, from DIY, owner occupied, tenant occupied, Airbnbs, during construction, commercial, builders risk, etc………..
Damage Caused By The Lies
I have been so saddened by this insurance lie mainly because I have had great insurance for all this time and a lot of damage could have been avoided. Examples:
Just two years ago, there is a review on Yelp roasting a builder, because a customer had a loan- but no insurance
I have seen comments under articles with people saying ” I do not know what to do, I just had my tiny home built and I found out I cannot be insured unless I am certified by………..
There was a recent house fire of a DIY tiny home and the woman said” We could not get insurance because of the tiny home industry”
Called By The Competing Company
I was called by this competing company in May. I was shocked by the lies I was told. I listened carefully as I said, I believe in honest, fair competition. What makes the lies even more damaging is that they had made the rounds and spewed this purposeful disinformation to every builder of PWA, countless municipalities and at festivals and we later found out in a blog post.
They claimed that PWA had lost their accreditation because of a withdrawn standard. See my article ASTM E541-10. Not true, in fact it is a bit humorous because this company which I only call an inspection company, though they say they are both an inspection and certification company cannot even meet the ASTM standards because they have not followed the steps to become accredited by the states. They are a company that is self regulating, with no oversight. The fox guarding the hen house.
They claimed that they were going to be the last agency standing – all others would be shut down.
They claimed PWA was turned down by this insurance company. My answer was we have no need for them, I replaced them years ago. The funny thing is through the help of an amazing insurance agent, I found the app displaying PWA all ready on the app for insurance.
They claim their label is the door that allows people to live in their home full time. Not true
It is ironic that they claim PWA cannot meet the requirements because of the withdrawn standard because of a withdrawn standard whose requirement they could not themselves meet.
In truth, the PWA website just had not been updated reflecting the change, because they had been traveling all over the country and working very hard to certify their customers.
Blog Post Lies
We later found out that there had been an actual blog post saying all the above lies. I have been trying to figure out why they have told everyone that their inspection process and label would allow people to live in their home full time. They make this claim at all the festivals and in every every sales pitch.
I was sent the blog post yesterday and finally I understood. Here it is:
”It is up to each local jurisdiction to determine how long you can live in your tiny home on wheels. Because …………..digitizes and stores the inspection of the build and adds structural and energy to the ………… Standard, ………………. Inspected tiny homes maybe more likely to be accepted to be lived in full time as a residence as well as to obtain proper insurance.”
Let’s dissect this claim.
Finally Some Truth
Yes, it is up to each local jurisdiction to determine how long you can live in your tiny home.
The Tired Old Insurance Claim
For the record, of all the insurance companies I have listed , there is only one company that has a certification requirement. Certification is needed usually if you are going to be living in a RV Park.
Why I Had To Speak Up
Pacific West Associates has over 30 years in the RV Industry and the President, Chuck Ballard is a principle member on 5 committees that write the codes and standards for the RV Industry. PWA has never had much of an online presence, they are busy working like the noble people they are, they have families and dreams and goals like the rest of us. Yes, sometimes it takes a few days to get back to you. They are not sitting on their phones plotting on how to get an edge on their competitor, they are out there providing their much needed service and opening doors for the rest of us.
More To The Story
There is more to the story, but this is all I can say for the moment. There might be a Part 2.
1)Who is Pacific West Associates and what do they do?
Pacific west associates is a certification agency that deals with Recreational Vehicles, Recreational Park Models, Commercial and Special Commercial Modular buildings, Manufactured Housing. PWA is also a full discipline engineering firm including Mechanical, Electrical, Forensic and Structural divisions. Chuck Ballard is the President and Director Of Standards for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and is a principle member that writes the codes and standards for the RV Industry.
RVIA is an industry association with the capability of introducing and regulating building code, along with the ability to inspect and affirm compliance to accepted building codes. Pacific West Associates is not an industry association, but an accredited inspection and certification agency with the qualifications to administer and assure compliance to the building codes.
3) Who governs and recognizes PWA as an authority to certify?
States and national jurisdictions recognize Pacific West Associates credentials to certify the product that bears our tag.
4) What is the difference between an inspection company and certification company?
Inspections companies are able to oversee product being built, but only a certification company is allowed to apply a label that determines compliance.
5) Define ANSI A119.5, NFPA 1192 and NFPA70 Sections 551 and 552
ANSI A119.5 is a nationally recognized standard that defines the building codes for Recreational Park Models. NFPA1192 is for recreational vehicles. NFPA70 National Electric Code sets the standards for electrical requirements of all buildings, with sections 551 and 552 pertaining to Recreational Vehicles and Recreational Park trailers respectively.
6) Define ANSI
American National Standards Institute. The American National Standards Institute is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States.
7) Define ASTM
ASTM International, formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.
8) What does it mean when a ASTM standard is withdrawn?
ASTM standards withdrawal means the standard is no longer printed, or referenced or overtaken by a different standard still in publication.
9) What types of recreational vehicles does PWA certify?
Recreational Vehicles covered under NFPA1192, including Type A, B, and C motorhomes (including skoolies and van conversions)
Towable RVs including Fifth-wheel travel trailers, Folding Camping Trailers, Travel Trailers, Truck Campers, Expandable Travel Trailers, Horse trailers (livestock) and Sport Utility Trailers (toy haulers)
We certify Recreational Park Models under ANSI A119.5
Tiny Homes can be certified under either of these 2 categories.
11) To Become A New Builder That You Certify, What Is The Criteria?
New builders are inspected by one of our inspectors so their QA process and building practices comply with ANSI or NFPA requirements. Generally a consultation period previous to the on site inspections and ongoing communication with the builders to keep up with changes.
12) Who Is Pacific West Tiny Homes?
Pacific West Tiny Homes, Inc. is a subsidiary of Pacific West Associates, Inc. which is an accredited third party agency that has been recognized in the industry for over 30 years. PWA is composed of licensed electrical, mechanical, structural and forensic engineers. The evaluation and certification staff meet the requirements of the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) E699-16, which is for agencies involved in testing, quality assurance, and evaluating of manufactured building components. ASTM E541-10 is the previous standard that has now been withdrawn.
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