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Tiny Homes Cracking The Code
Original Comment:
At the most recent ICC code development hearings, the tiny house construction appendix received the necessary 2/3 majority vote required for inclusion in the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). As an appendix to the code, it is not an enforceable part of the code unless specifically adopted by a jurisdiction. However, the appendix provides useful information for code officials to reference and a stepping stone for future inclusion.

The appendix specifically defines the term “small house” as a building containing one dwelling unit and having a floor area of not more than 500 square feet. The appendix goes on to list several exceptions to the IRC for “small houses” including exceptions to the minimum ceiling heights, floor area, door sizes, and hallways.

We previous penned an article stating that tiny homes were not modular homes yet and specifically referenced certain exceptions to the IRC would have to be made. With the passage of this appendix, it seems as if some of the groundwork is being laid for tiny home compliance. Find our original article here.
Started on February 27, 2017 by Kellie McDonnell
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