Tiny House Appendix Will Be Included In 2018 IRC

The International Code Council (ICC) reported that public comment RB168-16, the tiny house appendix, has passed the final round of voting, receiving the required 2/3 majority vote. As a result, a tiny house specific appendix will be part of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), allowing people to receive a Certificate of Occupancy (COO) for their tiny house when built to meet the provisions of the adopted code appendix. A lack of recognition of tiny houses in the IRC had been a hindrance to the creation of legal tiny houses in communities across the U.S.

The approval of RB168-16 is a culmination of the efforts of Andrew Morrison (www.TinyHouseBuild.com) and a team of architects, builders, designers, and educators. The team initially defended the proposed appendix at the ICC public comment hearings this fall at which time they received the first 2/3 majority vote necessary to place RB168-16 on the official ballot.

Tiny houses have gained popularity in the last few years as a result of historically high housing costs, flat lined wages, and a grassroots movement towards minimalism. A tiny house specific code helps not only those wanting to build tiny but also local building officials overwhelmed with applications for tiny house projects.

“RB168-16 brings much needed safety standards to tiny house construction,” says BA Norrgard, volunteer coordinator at Habitat for Humanity and founding member of the Tiny House Collaborative. “This is a breakthrough that holds potential for positive change in the housing sector, which is in crisis.”

The approval of RB168-16 is historic; however, each jurisdiction currently enforcing the IRC must now adopt the appendix for it to become law. That is the next step for the tiny house appendix and one that Morrison’s team intends to meet head on.

Morrison, a builder for over 20 years who leads tiny house workshops and has taught over 2,500 students to date says, “We have a group of enthusiastic people in the tiny house community and we will work together to continue the positive movement forward for the industry.”

North American Copper in Architecture Awards Contest Accepts Contest Submissions

For centuries, copper has been used on buildings not only for its beauty, but its durability, versatility and longevity. Now in its 10th year, the North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program is accepting submissions for innovative and unique copper or copper alloy building projects in the U.S. and Canada. Architects and sheet metal contractors can submit their projects for the 2017 awards campaign through the end of January.   

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) , is proud to recognize projects in the categories of Restoration/Renovation, New Construction and Ornamental Applications. Over the years, award-winning copper projects have come in the form of new and restored government buildings, educational facilities, museums, libraries, firehouses, single-family homes and places of worship.

With 2017 marking the program’s 10th anniversary, the copper industry is seeking the public’s help in selecting the top 10 projects from the last decade. Participate by voting for your favorite copper projects.

To celebrate the milestone, the top 10 copper projects, along with the 2017 award winners, will also be announced in April at the NACIA awards ceremony in Orlando.

For more information about the NACIA awards program, visit the Call for Entries Page. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

MidSouth Construction LLC Is Accepting Nominations for Roof Campaign

MidSouth Construction LLC announced it is accepting nominations for its No Roof Left Behind Campaign. This nationwide program provides free roofs to local community members in need.

Nominations are being accepted at RoofingbyMidSouth.com now through Dec. 31, 2016. The process is simple. Anyone can participate and nominate a friend, neighbor or family member in need of a new roof. Everyone is encouraged to get the word out and nominate those in need! From the submissions, four finalists will be selected for the final online public voting campaign.

The four finalists’ stories and photos will be displayed on Midsouth Construction’s No Roof Left Behind homepage. A direct link to this page will also be placed on their main webpage to ensure access for everyone. Starting on Jan. 15, the public will be able to vote for the finalist they feel is most deserving. The winner will be revealed online on Feb. 25, 2017.

Nominees must own the home they are living in and be a resident of Davidson or Rutherford County. Also, the free roof recipient must be current on his/her mortgage payments. Nominees will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2016. A team of local volunteers will review all the nominees and four will be selected as finalists. 

Midsouth Construction LLC joined the No Roof Left Behind initiative as a way to give back to the Davidson and Rutherford County that has brought them success as a roofing contractor headquartered in Nashville. Owner Austin Burton had this to say about the program. “We are proud to be part of No Roof Left Behind. The positive impact this initiative has on members of the community is something that can’t be described. It is an honor to be able to launch this here. We look forward to seeing our neighbors and customers come together to help one of our own in need.”

Other local businesses are invited to participate as sponsors or volunteers. “No Roof Left Behind is a great way to rally the community together,” said Austin Burton. “There is something for everyone to play a part. You don’t have to swing a hammer or even get dirty to help out. Whether looking to donate services, products or time just give us a call and we’ll find a place for you.”  

For more information about MidSouth Construction LLC and the No Roof Left Behind program, please call 615-712-8893 or visit here

Stanley Seeks Nominations for “BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016” Contest

Active Heroes Retreat Center is the first grand prize contest winner.

Active Heroes Retreat Center is the first grand prize contest winner.

STANLEY has launched its “BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016” contest where participants nominate and vote for a USA public charity or private foundation to be one of three grand-prize winners that will receive $10,000, and an assortment of Stanley Black & Decker products valued at $1,000 for use in completing a community project. This is the third year in a row in which Stanley has sponsored a contest to give back to the community. 

To enter, participants are asked to describe in 500 characters or less how they would like to honor their community by nominating a charitable organization to receive the grand prize. Participants and nominees are encouraged to share their stories to drive votes for their projects. 

“STANLEY BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016’s” grand prize winner for the July entry/nomination period is Active Heroes Retreat Center of Shepherdsville, Ky. Active Heroes Retreat Center is where veterans, active duty military, and their families come to heal through outdoor activities. 

“Active Heroes is excited to win the first Build Your America contest from Stanley Tools,” said Troy Yocum, founder of Active Heroes. “We will be able to use this cash donation and Stanley tools to help develop our welcome center at the Active Heroes Retreat Center to help thousands of visiting veterans and their families.” 

Active Heroes will be using their prize to build a new welcome center as an uplifting check-in destination and where visitors can be connected with additional resources during their stay.  

The contest has one entry/nomination period remaining (all times shown below are in USA Eastern Time):

  • Entry/Nomination Period – Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:59 AM – Nov. 22, 2016, at 4:59 PM
  • Voting Period – Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:00 PM – Nov. 29, 2016, at 4:59 PM

To be nominated in this contest, the charitable organization must be a public charity or private foundation that has qualified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. 

Participants interested in learning more about STANLEY and the “STANLEY BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016” contest are encouraged to visit the website, STANLEY Tools Facebook page for more information and Official Rules of the contest.