1) Who is Pacific West Associates and what do they do?
Pacific west associates is a certification agency that deals with Recreational Vehicles, Recreational Park Models, Commercial and Special Commercial Modular buildings, Manufactured Housing. PWA is also a full discipline engineering firm including Mechanical, Electrical, Forensic and Structural divisions. Chuck Ballard is the President and Director Of Standards for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and is a principle member that writes the codes and standards for the RV Industry.
RVIA is an industry association with the capability of introducing and regulating building code, along with the ability to inspect and affirm compliance to accepted building codes. Pacific West Associates is not an industry association, but an accredited inspection and certification agency with the qualifications to administer and assure compliance to the building codes.
3) Who governs and recognizes PWA as an authority to certify?
States and national jurisdictions recognize Pacific West Associates credentials to certify the product that bears our tag.
4) What is the difference between an inspection company and certification company?
Inspections companies are able to oversee product being built, but only a certification company is allowed to apply a label that determines compliance.
5) Define ANSI A119.5, NFPA 1192 and NFPA70 Sections 551 and 552
ANSI A119.5 is a nationally recognized standard that defines the building codes for Recreational Park Models. NFPA1192 is for recreational vehicles. NFPA70 National Electric Code sets the standards for electrical requirements of all buildings, with sections 551 and 552 pertaining to Recreational Vehicles and Recreational Park trailers respectively
6) Define ANSI
American National Standards Institute. The American National Standards Institute is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States.
7) Define ASTM
ASTM International, formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.
8) What does it mean when a ASTM standard is withdrawn?
ASTM standards withdrawal means the standard is no longer printed, or referenced or overtaken by a different standard still in publication.
9) What types of recreational vehicles does PWA certify?
Recreational Vehicles covered under NFPA1192, including Type A, B, and C motorhomes (including skoolies and van conversions)
Towable RVs including Fifth-wheel travel trailers, Folding Camping Trailers, Travel Trailers, Truck Campers, Expandable Travel Trailers, Horse trailers (livestock) and Sport Utility Trailers (toy haulers)
We certify Recreational Park Models under ANSI A119.5
Tiny Homes can be certified under either of these 2 categories
10) Does HUD Regulate Park Models?
No Hud does not regulate park models. Statement from HUD.
Regulation And Use Of Occupancy Of RVs Is In The Purview Of State And Local Authorities
Initially, as stated in this preamble, HUD is not regulating use of manufactured homes or RVs. More specifically, how individuals decide to use their manufactured home or RV unit after purchase—and, in some cases, after receiving a Manufacturer’s Notice about the unit’s compliance with RV standards—is beyond the scope of this final rule. The regulation of use and occupancy of RVs is the purview of state and local authorities, not HUD.
11) To Become A New Builder That You Certify, What Is The Criteria?
New builders are inspected by one of our inspectors so their QA process and building practices comply with ANSI or NFPA requirements. Generally a consultation period previous to the on site inspections and ongoing communication with the builders to keep up with changes.
12) Who Is Pacific West Tiny Homes?
Pacific West Tiny Homes, Inc. is a subsidiary of Pacific West Associates, Inc. which is an accredited third party agency that has been recognized in the industry for over 30 years. PWA is composed of licensed electrical, mechanical, structural and forensic engineers. The evaluation and certification staff meet the requirements of the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) E699-16, which is for agencies involved in testing, quality assurance, and evaluating of manufactured building components. ASTM E541-10 is the previous standard that has now been withdrawn.
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Adopts Small Home Specialty Code to regulate construction of homes
Not more than 400 square feet in size Effective October 1st, 2019
Written By Janet Thome
Photo: Oregon Cottage Company
”Small House Specialty Code” – Means the specialty code adopted under section 2 of this 2019 act. It means a code of regulations adopted under ORS 446.062, 446.185, 447.020 (2), 455.020 (2),455.496, 455.610, 455.680, 460.085, 460.360, 479.730 (1) or 480.545 or section 2 of this 2019 Act.
Section 2 Of HB243 : Including But Not Limited To Appendix Q
1) As used in this section, “small home” means a single family residence that is not more than 400 square feet in size.(2) Not withstanding ORS 455.020 and 455.030, the 2018 International Residential Code, including but not limited to Appendix Q of that code, is adopted as a Small Home Specialty Code applicable to the construction of a small home.
Requires amendment of Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code to provide that Small Home Specialty Code supersedes conflicting provisions of Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code.
Authorizes municipal building official to alter, modify or waive specialty code requirements for small home if strict adherence to Small Home Specialty Code is impractical or infeasible.
Requires that building permits and zoning permits for small home designate small home as single family project.
Requires that certificate of occupancy for small home allow occupancy only for residential use as single family dwelling.
Specifies application of fire sprinkler head and fire sprinkler system design criteria to small homes.
Authorizes municipal building official to allow increased detection and occupant notification in lieu of fire sprinkler head or fire sprinkler system.
Requires that small home be built with listed heat detector unit alarm or listed photoelectric smoke alarm.
Sunsets Small Home Specialty Code and small home fire sprinkler design , heat detector and smoke alarm provisions on January 2, 2026.
Thank you for the call. On and after October 1, the Reach Code path and the R329 ORSC amendments (temporary rule) are no longer applicable or available. As you correctly pointed out, links to the Reach Code have been removed from our website. Starting October 1st HB 2423 will become effective. Thus, the bill creates the “Small Home Specialty Code” that governs the construction of “small homes” which are defined as not more than 400 square feet in size.
The local building department where the home is to be located is the best resource for any specific local requirements to be discussed. I encourage you to reach the local building officials for specific small home projects and policies.
Francisco Ramos-Building Code Specialist-Policy And Technical Services
Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 197.493: Placement And Occupancy Of Recreational Vehicle
1) A state agency or local government may not prohibit the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle, or impose any limit on the length of occupancy of a recreational vehicle, solely on the grounds that the occupancy is in a recreational vehicle, if the recreational vehicle is:
(a) Located in a manufactured dwelling park, mobile home park or recreational vehicle park;
(b) Occupied as a residential dwelling; and
(c) Lawfully connected to water and electrical supply systems and a sewage disposal system.
(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not limit the authority of a state agency or local government to impose other special conditions on the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle. [2005 c.619 §12]
Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that eliminates the Department of Consumer and Business Services from regulating RVs.
Oregon Duplicative Compliance Seal Eliminated
With the enactment of this new law, the need to attach an additional and duplicative Oregon insignia of compliance or seal to RVs is eliminated and Oregon joins the vast majority of states which do not regulate the manufacturing of RVs.
Removes Requirement For PMRV Manufacturers To Use Licensed Plumbers And Electricians
Additionally, the new law removes the requirement for PMRV manufacturers in the state of Oregon to use licensed plumbers and licensed electricians to make installations and repairs. The bill, OR SB 410, takes effect January 1, 2020.
Related: Jurisdictional Gap Between Two Oregon State Agencies
The Oregon DMV, meanwhile, said state law until recently prohibited it from providing titles to park model RVs because they’re not street-legal and aren’t considered a vehicle. The Legislature passed House Bill 2333 to expand the DMV’s responsibilities to include park model RVs, but that law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1st, 2019.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed four housing bills into law Thursday designed to address the state’s housing crisis.
Senate Bill 5512, House Bill 2003, HB 2006 and the controversial HB 2001, now signed into law, each address Oregon’s housing crisis.
“This session, we committed to significant investments that will help every Oregon family have a warm, safe, and dry place to call home,” Brown said in a news release. “No one single solution will address our housing crisis, and this legislation tackles the whole spectrum of issues, from homelessness, to stable rental housing, to increasing home ownership.”
Hawaii high school students build tiny homes May 10th, 2019
Hawaii High School students are trying to be part of the solution.
Students from Moanalua and Waipahu High Schools took part in the tiny house design challenge hosted by engineering company SSFM.
They had to build half-scale model tiny homes using just $100,000.
“This house can be our future,” said Moanalua High School student Kara Yoneda. “It can help solve the housing crisis in Hawaii. It also incorporates a lot of our sustainability features along with our living wall and planter boxes.”
Update: Tiny House Big Island Home On Wheels Begins Pre-Sales Dec. 18th, 2019
“These tiny homes will hopefully offer solutions to this island’s housing issues and will begin creating jobs in Ka‘ū!” said Christine Kaehuaea, Stargazer Industries founder and CEO
“Each of our seven models allows the owner to move beyond the worry of adding anything except for sun and water,” said Kaehuaea. “These are not shells. There are no hookups. They are complete homes with solar, propane, a Honda generator and more. We have done all the legwork, including interactions with local vendors and the county, state and federal governments to provide units that adhere to the 2018 International Residential Building Code Appendix Q: Tiny Houses, Hawai‘i waste management and transportation laws, including having our plans stamped by a licensed architect, construction from a licensed general contractor, with professionally licensed and non-licensed construction crews.”
Operation Tiny Home has a down payment assistance program to help those that are eligible and are in need of housing. The down payment is often the biggest hurdle that someone is faced with in planning a tiny home purchase.
The first step in applying for a down payment assistance grant is to contact an Operation Tiny Home professional build partner. You will work together with your builder to discuss your specific tiny home living needs and obtain pre-approval for a bank loan.
Once you have been pre-approved for your loan and your builder has determined that you are eligible for down payment assistance, your builder will contact us to request that we send you a grant invitation from Operation Tiny Home.
If you are interested in working with another builder that is not listed above, please ask your builder contact Operation Tiny Home.
Who Will Qualify?
The process consists of an application, background check and phone interview. Operation Tiny Home considers applicants without regard to race, religious preference, gender, handicap, familial status or national origin.
Criteria Needed To Qualify
You must be pre-qualified for financing and working with an Operation Tiny Home approved professional tiny home builder
The purchased tiny home must be your primary residence;
You must be a US citizen or permanent resident;
You must have a verifiable long-term legal location secured to build or place your tiny home
Who Can Apply: The applicant must demonstrate that they are in need of housing and fit the following criteria:
Military and Veterans
Emergency Medical Personnel
Pre-K – 12th Grade Teachers
People Struggling with Hardship:
You Live In An Area That Was Affected By A Hurricane, Wildfire, Or Any Other Natural Disaster;
Aging Out Of Foster Care;
Surviving Spouse Of A Military Member Or Public Protector.
Application Process: Once we receive your application we will review your information and contact you within 14 business days. You may be asked to provide additional information (including, but not limited to the following):
Become A Sponsor Of Operation Tiny Home Welcome Home Down Payment Assistance Grant Program? Learn More Here!
Gabrielle Rapport is the Founder and Executive Director of Operation Tiny Home, a national nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life with dignity through custom, high-quality tiny housing solutions, and empowerment training programs.
Operation Tiny Home is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life with dignity through custom high-quality tiny housing solutions and empowerment training programs. We are grateful to our rapidly growing base of volunteers and many partners including Milwaukee Tool, Wells Fargo Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, and many others.
Additional National Operation Tiny Home Programs Include:
Building A Better Future for Veterans – Tiny Home Building Workshops,
Dignity Housing for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives,
Tool Distribution for Tiny Housing Community Development and Empowerment Training Initiatives,
Disaster Relief – Tiny Homes to Support Rebuild Efforts
Rafter B Tiny Homes is a family affair, owned by two brothers in Bluff Dale, Texas. Gerald Barton is the CEO and brings his expertise in finance, business development and the real estate industry and J.J. Barton is the builder.
With almost 20 years of various types of construction experience, J.J. can bring creative ideas to your Tiny House build. Although the construction industry can sometimes come with a few stigmas, J.J. has stood out head-and-shoulders above most. Because of his honesty, integrity, and reliability, J.J. has been working with many of his subcontractors for years. Because of these long-term relationships, J.J. can ensure that each of the trades offer superior quality. J.J. also manages his own multi-talented crews that will be used for a portion or all of your project, depending on the specific trade needed.
Strong Customer Service
The Barton brothers pride themselves with exceptional customer service and want to build you the tiny home of your dreams. They have several standard floor plans to offer and also specialize in custom building as well. They regularly update customers with videos and photos of your exciting home as the building of your tiny home progresses and welcome your questions.
Yes There Is A Story To Their Name
Rafter B started as the Barton family’s cattle brand back in 1972. The brand was registered in Tarrant County in the State of Texas to identify the livestock that belonged to the Barton family. It was only fitting to keep the family brand name as part of our Tiny Home business. Gerald and J.J. have each built a reputation of honesty, integrity, and reliability in their professional careers. They have brought these same qualities together to run a family business building Tiny Homes. The Barton Brothers have a passion for helping people. They are excited to combine their unique skill sets to bring an excellent product to the Tiny Home movement.
Available For Your Tiny Home Village Or Development
Rafter B Tiny Homes is available to build tiny homes for your resort, Tiny Home Village or development. Rafter B Tiny Homes has been chosen as the exclusive Tiny Home Builder to bring tiny home accommodations to the Members of the Sundance Club.
Club Members will have the unique opportunity to own a Tiny Home that will be located in the heart of the Club in the area known as Camp Sundance. These top-quality 10’x30’ luxury Tiny Homes will feature covered patios, golf cart parking, optional outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and more. These unique Tiny Homes coupled with the World Class Facilities and beautiful natural surroundings will be unmatched in the Tiny Home Industry.
A Tiny Home For Our Veterans
Each year, Rafter B Tiny Homes will build at least one Tiny Home and donate the home to someone experiencing homelessness or a Veteran. They are looking for partner organizations to help move this effort forward. If you’re interested in helping us to make an impact, please reach out on our Contact Us page.
You Are Invited To An Open House Celebration
Rafter B Tiny Homes wants to invite you to an all day open house celebration at their Tiny Home retreat on Nov 2nd, 2019 from 10 AM to 9PM.
Their Tiny Home Retreat is located on beautiful Waumpii Creek Ranch in Bluff Dale, TX. This Ranch has been in the Keith Family since the 1960’s. Waumpii Creek Ranch is a 105 acre working ranch. It is also the home of Rafter B Tiny Homes, a professional Tiny Home construction company.
The Ranch offers a true glimpse into country living. While on the Ranch, you might see wildlife such as deer, turkey, wild pigs, and a variety of birds. You might also see more domesticated animals such as Ranch dogs, chickens, cattle.
In the evening and at night, the sounds of the city don’t exist out here. The Ranch offers a unique chance to hear the pure and peaceful sound of country! Stargaze. Relax on a hammock. Sit around a campfire. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the picnic table. Go on a hike. Visit a natural spring.