Who Is Pacific West Associates?

Who Is Pacific West Associates?

Pacific West Associates FAQ

Written By Janet Thome

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.

Principle Member of the NFPA 1192 Standard On Recreational Vehicles
Principle Member of the NFPA 1194 Standard On Recreational Parks And Campgrounds
Principle Member ANSI A119.5 Park Model Recreational Vehicle Standard
Principle Member ANSI UPA (Uniform Plan Approval)
Principle Member ANSI/RVIA Low Voltage Standard

2) What is the difference between RVIA and PWA?

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.

Article Source: Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations; Clarifying the Exemption for Manufacture of Recreational Vehicles

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.

Services include DIY Built, Manufactured Built and Consultations.

Chuck Ballard President Of Pacific West Associates

Alex Ontiveros Vice President Of Pacific West Tiny Homes

Small House Specialty Code: Oregon HB243

Small House Specialty Code: Oregon HB243

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.

Text Bill HB243


Hi Janet,

Oregon Reach Code:  No Longer Applies

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.

A copy of HB 2423 can be located on the legislature’s website: Oregon State Legislature

Local building department contact information can be located on the division’s website:Locate A Building Department

I hope this information is helpful.

I’ve copied our technical team for consistent communication purposes.

Francisco Ramos Building Code Specialist|Policy & Technical Services

Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services|Building Codes Division

Office: 503-373-7542 Website

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]

Note: See note under 197.492 (Definitions for ORS 197.492 and 197.493).

Article Source Oregon Laws.Org

Related: Oregon Legislation For The RV Industry

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.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

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.

Article Source The Oregonian

Related: Governor Signs Four Housing Bills

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.”

Article Source Register Guard

Back Story On Oregon Titling Issues And Building Codes

Related HB 2737









Hawaii Tiny Home News


Hawaii Tiny Home News

State proposes permanent villages of tiny homes for the hardest to house March 14th, 2019

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Desperate to ease the homeless crisis, state leaders want to set up permanent villages made up of clusters of tiny homes.

The proposal comes two weeks after new data showed the number of homeless people living on the streets of Oahu had jumped 12 percent in the past year.

“This is the permanent housing answer for people who have otherwise refused to go to shelters,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

Tiny homes would create what the state has dubbed Kauhale villages.

Article Source Hawaii News Now

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.”

Article Source KHON2 

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.”

Article Source Big Island Now 

Operation Tiny Home

Operation Tiny Home

Operation Tiny Home


Written By Janet Thome

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.

First Step

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.

To get started please contact one of our Operation Tiny Home build partners: Tumbleweed Tiny Homes, Cornerstone Tiny Homes, California Tiny House, Tiny Mountain Houses, Tiny Idahomes, Far Out Tiny Homes, Liberty Cabins, Hummingbird Tiny Housing, Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins, Core Housing Solutions, or TruForm Tiny.

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:

Community Heroes:

  • Military and Veterans

  • Law Enforcement

  • Fire Fighters

  • 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;

  • Illness;

  • Aging Out Of Foster Care;

  • Disability;

  • 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):

  • Proof of Identity

  • Proof of Military Service

  • Proof of Disability

  • Signed Authorization to Release Information

Steps To Become An Approved Builder

Become A Tiny Home Builder Partner With Operation Tiny Home

Become A Sponsor Of Operation Tiny Home  Welcome Home Down Payment Assistance Grant ProgramLearn More Here!

Gabrielle Rapport

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

Rafter B Tiny Homes

Rafter B Tiny Homes Located in Bluff Dale, Texas

Written By Janet Thome

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.


Rafter B Tiny Homes is certified by Pacific West Associates.

For More Details Contact Gerald Barton  at (303) 549-6072

Waumpii Creek Ranch