Will We See You In Kansas City For The ICC Hearings?

Will We See You in Kansas City for the ICC Hearings?

Here is an update on the submittal of the tiny house construction code we recently sent to the ICC (International Code Council) for inclusion in the 2018 IRC  (Residential Building Code). Our proposal has been officially accepted and entered into the hearing schedule. This is exciting news. There are still many hurdles to clear but we’re now on a solid launching pad. If you want to read all about the code proposal and what it means, please click HERE.

Since this approval, we have assembled a powerful team of eleven tiny house professionals to help us defend the proposal at the hearings. This team consists of Andrew Morrison, Macy Miller, BA Norrgard, Zack Giffin, Meg Stephens, James Herndon, Martin Hammer, David Latimer, Jeremy Weaver, Christopher Flener, and David Eisenberg. We have also been able to raise the money to purchase transportation and lodging for the entire team. The outpouring of support and donations from this wonderful community helped raise these funds in very short time. Thank you to each of you that contributed and/or gave your support by sharing the GoFundMe page over 3,600 times on Facebook.

What Happens Next?

We want to personally invite all our readers (you!) to come and join us in Kansas City, MO for the hearings. We have received permission from the ICC to extend an invitation to the tiny house community to come and stand in support. Only the team of ten presenters will be able to speak in defense of the proposal but you’ll be able to grace the room with your presence. We’ll be asking the tiny house community to stand in support while we introduce our case. Our vision and hope is that there will be as many people present as possible so that we can show the ICC how important a tiny house code is.

Here are the details:

Location: Kansas City Convention Center in KC, Missouri
Dates: October 22 – 24th (We won’t know the exact date of time)

We want to mention six important points:

1) The hearing can happen anytime from 8am-10pm between Oct. 22-24. They call on each case numerically so once the hearings begin, we’ll all have a better idea of when we’ll likely receive our turn.

2)  The team is granted two minutes to give an opening statement. After this, we must receive a majority vote from ICC officials in attendance before moving to the next stage. If our request to be heard is denied, this will be the end of the road for this proposal until the next hearings in 2019. We have been advised that an initial denial is highly unlikely since tiny houses are such a priority for the ICC. We just want to make this clear so you understand the risks.

3) We are all guests of the ICC. The proceedings are serious business and seem rather like court hearings. We’ll expect everyone in support to be quiet, respectful (no matter what the outcome), and timely when our turn comes up.

4) We won’t know the full outcome of the vote on the tiny house measure until several days (maybe weeks) after the hearing. There will be an initial vote placed by all ICC members in attendance but there will also be a remote secondary vote by all those in absence.

5) Finally, we will have a meeting sometime on the 22nd, early in the day, to discuss the process. We want everyone on the same page before we go into the hearing.

6) If you can’t make it to the hearings but want to support the effort, please take less than a minute to sign THIS petition which we will present at the ICC hearings.

Contact Andrew@TinyHouseBuild.com if you plan to attend. We need to give the ICC a rough estimate of numbers so they can make sure there are enough tables and chairs for us all!

We hope you will join us. This is a unique opportunity to not only support the tiny house movement in a powerful way, but also to get a glimpse at how the code process works. This should be educational, exciting, and hopefully, a historic moment in the story of the modern day tiny house movement.

Stay tiny my friends!

Gabriella and Andrew

p.s. If you have specific questions about the code itself, please refer to all comments below THIS article. We are on a tight deadline and have limited time to answer questions that have already been asked. Thank you for respecting our tight schedule.

8 Responses to Will We See You In Kansas City For The ICC Hearings?

  1. James Weaver October 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    Thank you for your efforts in moving forward the Tiny House agenda in the 2018 IRC updates. I am an advocate for Tiny Homes in Washington State and am proposing local legislation for allowing tiny homes in the 2017 legislative session. I am ICC member, CBO certified, and serve as the Building Official for a local Puget sound jurisdiction.

    Looking forward to how my advocacy, my ICC vote, and my assistance can help toward this effort in October. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at westsoundconsulting@gmail.com and thanks again.

  2. Karen Heet October 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Thank you SO much for getting this started! I am super excited about Tiny Homes and am advocating for changes in land use ordinances to allow Tiny Homes in Kanab, Utah. Keep up the good work!

    • Gabriella October 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks for your support and all your good work Karen!

  3. Brad October 14, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    What happens to MOBILE tiny houses with this amendment?

    What happens to Tiny Houses, mobile or not, built prior to this amendment, if it goes through?

    • Andrew November 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Brad. This proposal does not specifically include THOWs. We were told we were not allowed to include that aspect of the industry in this proposal and that we would have to come back with that another time (3 years from now).

      For houses built prior, we don’t address that either. It will be up to the local building officials and will be handled on a case by case basis. There was o way to specifically address that in the appendix this go around.

  4. /bob October 15, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    I would imagine if you are considering your THOW as a RV, use it as a RV, and are able to get it certified as a RV then this amendment doesn’t apply. The ICC and published IBC/IRC regulations don’t apply to RVs. There is another regulating code that does.

    But if you are considering your THOW as your permanent home and not a RV, then that is just what this amendment is all about. Also for Tiny Houses on a permanent foundation of some sort. It’s just that certain parts of what many would like to be included in the proposed amendment cannot be included at this time so it would seem to not include THOW by the exclusion of those details. Please read further Andrews post on the proposal itself. I think that explains it well.

  5. Bob west October 17, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    Andrew, do you need another couple of bodies at the hearings. I am local and a tiny builder as well and I would like to attend. Please let me know what I can do. Thanks, Bob West 660-351-3736

  6. Kim Smith October 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi, i would like to sign your petition, could it be emailed to me at kimms34@yahoo.com. Link would not work. Thank you, Kim.

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