Connecticut Is Considering Adopting Appendix Q

Connecticut Is Considering Adopting Appendix Q

Connecticut Has Announced Their Intent To Adopt The 2018 IRC Editions

Written By Janet Thome

The State Building Inspector, State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee announce intent to adopt the 2020 State Building and Fire Safety Codes based on the 2018 editions of the International Code Council (ICC) documents.  Technical review of these codes will be conducted by the Committee’s Codes Amendment Subcommittee (CAS) along with DAS staff.  This review will begin April 2019 and is planned to be completed August 2019.

Proposed Codes
  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2020 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
  • 2009 ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
The Process:

Work groups made up of CAS members and DAS staff, have been established to review specific portions of the proposed codes for changes from the current code and to update the current amendment documents.  Each of these work groups will provide a report of their review, identify issues that require additional discussion or research, and present their amendment document changes.

Appendix Q Is Being Considered

Joseph V. Cassidy confirmed that Connecticut is considering adoption of Appendix Q as part of their  2020 State Building Code. They are in technical development portion of our process now.  There will be a public comment period for the completed draft code early next year.

Joseph V. Cassidy, P.E. | State Building Inspector

Office of the State Building Inspector

Department of Administrative Services

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 1303

Hartford, CT 06103

Office: (860) 713-5705

Appendix Q: Tiny Homes On A Foundation

Appendix Q-Adopted into the 2018 International Residential Code ( IRC ) building code to provide regulations and standards for tiny homes on a foundation that is 400 square feet or less
Appendix Q relaxes various requirements in the body of the code as they apply to tiny houses that are 400 square feet or less.
Attention is specifically paid to features such as compact stairs, including hand rails and headroom, ladders, reduced ceiling heights in lofts and guard and emergency escape and rescue opening requirements of lofts.

The International Residential Code is a comprehensive, stand alone residential code that creates minimum regulations for one-and two family dwellings of three stories or less.

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Connecticut Tiny Home News

Connecticut Tiny Home News

TinyLifeNHV is an initiative to amend the New Haven zoning ordinances to permit the development of tiny homes, tiny house villages, and backyard accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Article Source Tiny Life NHV

Take a Tour of Some of Connecticut’s Tiny Homes Sept. 26th, 2019

Tiny homes that have been constructed on wheels fall into the “Camp Trailer” category and are registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“They’re not considered a structure, which is sort of the foundation of local land use regulation,” said John Guszkowski of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association. Guszkowski said that the flexibility of a tiny home on wheels can come with a catch. Where you can park it – and for how long – is not really clear; at least not yet.

Meanwhile, a tiny home on a foundation would fall under the same building codes as a typical residential home. The Office of the State Building Inspector told NBC Connecticut Investigates that the agency is in the process of adopting codes specific to tiny houses. The amendment to the residential building code would derived from Appendix Q of the 2018 International Residential Code. If approved, the new code requirements would be effective in October 2020, according to Joseph Cassidy, the Cassidy, the State Building Inspector. 

A town’s zoning rules would have to allow for a tiny home to be built in the first place.

“Every town in Connecticut, all 169 municipalities, do it differently,” said Guszkowski. Step one, he said, would be to go to the municipal planning and zoning offices in the town in question.

At the Connecticut Realtors Association, some believe tiny homes could help with our state’s lack of affordable housing. They say it is time for cities and towns to look at writing the rules so the state can be a part of a trend already taking off in other parts of the country.

“Connecticut does not have the zoning to accommodate this and they need to start considering that,” said Joel Grossman of the Connecticut Realtors Association.

Reviving cities must include the excluded Sept 19th, 2019

That has changed. With 1,500 new apartments completed or in construction, a new UConn branch, new transportation options and minor league baseball, the downtown area is coming back to life.

Former industrial cities that were thought dead have risen like Lazarus, drawing young people, small businesses and trendy amenities. But the revivals of Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and (even) Detroit, as with Hartford and New Haven, have been uneven within their boundaries. Some downtown districts thrive; many other neighborhoods, almost invariably poor, minority enclaves, are left behind.

Article Source CTMirror

Tiny homes a solution to big problem? April 29. 2019

Werner and his team have been campaigning for years to secure a parcel of land in Park City where they can build a community of tiny houses which he hopes will kickstart interest in city and state officials looking to deal with need-based housing demands.

“The biggest problem in Connecticut is that the exclusionary zoning that we have engaged in in many towns over the last (several) years with big lots and big houses … has caused us to not consider alternative means of housing,” said valley land use attorney Dominick Thomas.

Article Source CTPOST

Stratford company caters exclusively to ‘tiny house’ craze January 29th, 2019

Husband and wife team Ken and Tori Pond were in the contracting business when the downsizing craze first started. Their company, Craft & Sprout, is currently working on a tiny home that has a fully functioning bathroom with hot water, full kitchen amenities and the comforts one would expect from a modern home. The 300-square foot home is on a set of wheels and ready to head to the Catskills next week.

“It really puts things in perspective for a lot of people of what’s important to them,” says Tori Pond.

The Ponds say they design their houses to the customers’ specifications. The homes are all on four wheels for the convenience of a mobile home, with the look of a house.

Article Source News12

Tiny Homes, Co-ops And Land Trusts 2018

Rosenblatt, a co-founder of the HartBeat Ensemble theater group in Hartford, Connecticut, had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in local activist communities. The year was 2003, the United States had launched a war in Iraq, and the post-9/11 environment was making her think differently about what kind of life she was going to have for herself and her family. An initial group of about 20 people liked the idea of creating an intentional community: living together with a shared set of goals and values to have a life that would be more meaningful, less harmful to other communities and the environment—and more affordable.

Shirlene Stoven, 81, organized her fellow senior housing residents in the Applewood mobile home park in Midvale, Utah, and formed Applewood Homeowners Cooperative. They fended off developers and were able to work with the city and nonprofits to buy the land their homes sit on.

The spread of videos and TV shows like “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House, Big Living,” though, shows that the movement has tapped a desire among Americans to try to downsize and live more simply.

Yet despite the lower cost, small carbon footprint, and potential for DIY construction, cities and communities have been slow to change their zoning codes to allow tiny homes as infill development or transitional or emergency housing. Most cities, for example, make it illegal to live in a vehicle outside an RV park.

Article Source Geo Coop

‘Tiny house’ trend could mean big things for housing market May 2018

t’s what the Trumbull resident and his partners have been seeking support for from local and state officials as he spreads the idea of using tiny homes to solve the plethora of housing issues facing the city and state. In addition to Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford and even Greenwich have each dealt with affordable housing shortages.

Tiny House Co. stands to fall into that role indirectly as Werner and partner Rashell Davis continue to seek support and seek funding from the city and state.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-5, recently took a tour of the company’s facility to express his support for the company and its potential impact on all of southwestern Connecticut.

Article Source CTPost