Many of you may be wondering if we’ve heard anything regarding the results of the ICC vote on the proposed tiny house appendix. Rather than continuing to post replies to social media sites and blog comments, I figured it was high time for a blog update to keep everyone informed.
The ICC Vote window was extended an additional week and voting just closed last night at midnight, Pacific Standard Time. I connected with one of my contacts at the ICC (sorry…that’s the International Code Council if you don’t recall) today and he confirmed that the results are still on track to be released on December 6th. As soon as I see the results, I will post them here and on all of our social media platforms. This is no less of a big deal now then it was when we first started on the journey. Believe me, I’m just as excited and nervous (if not WAY more so) than all of you.
ICC Vote Process
As a reminder of what we need to accomplish, I want to share how the voting process works. We won the first vote in Kansas City. As a result, the public comment was heard. Immediately following that victory, we won an even bigger vote: the 2/3 majority to approve the public comment, which contains the appendix Martin and I wrote. The third and final round is the electronic ICC vote for all voting members. That is what closed last night.
There is the potential for up to 20,000 voting members to cast their ballot. We have to win a 2/3 majority of those votes to succeed. That 2/3 majority is required no matter how many people voted. In other words, if 20 people voted, we need 14 of them to have voted yes in order to win. If all 20,000 members voted, we would need 13,334 of them to have voted yes.
There is More Work to Do
Regardless of what happens, the process doesn’t end here. Let’s assume we win the final vote. We then need to move on to supporting the appendix at the local level to make sure that every jurisdiction adopts it into their next code cycle. Adoption is a key to the success of the appendix.
After that, we need to start writing the code proposal for movable tiny houses. Notice that I don’t call them tiny houses on wheels. That’s important from a code perspective and I’ll share more on that another time. Further, we will need to make improvements to the appendix as currently written. I hope you’ll continue to support this important work with your energy and voice, both with us on the national stage and in your local jurisdictions across the country.
Think Positive Thoughts
In the meantime, cross your fingers, think positive thoughts, say a prayer or two, and/or otherwise do what you do to support the vision of a national tiny house code becoming a reality. December 6th is the day we find out just how close we are to bringing that dream to life!