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.