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RE: [penn-permaculture] Fwd: National Straw Bale Building Code is a Go

From: Jean
Sent on: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:50 PM

No, it does not. The International Residential Code falls within the parameters of the International Building Code. The IRC provides simple proscriptive solutions for basic building construction of one and two family dwellings. The IBC is a more thorough construction code. I would suggest looking into the IBC to see if any of these methods are referenced. Each jurisdiction (that is, municipality) adopts the IRC and IBC at their discretion. Although these codes are pretty much used everywhere, the version can vary. Currently most jurisdictions have adopted IRC and IBC 2009. Some are still specifying IRC and IBC 2006. There is an IRC 2012 afloat, but most jurisdictions haven’t adopted it yet, even though we are in 2013.

 

So DON’T assume that in 2015 you can reference IRC 2015 to pass local code. It might be several more years before your local jurisdiction adopts it. However its inclusion means legitimacy, and you can always reference it to push your local jurisdiction to allow you to build a straw bale home. And once you have done this, you have paved the way for others in your jurisdiction to also build.

 

Hope this helps –

 

Jean Gajary, P.E.

Structural Engineer

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Fred Kittelmann
Sent: Tuesday, November 05,[masked]:08 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [penn-permaculture] Fwd: National Straw Bale Building Code is a Go

 

Anyone know if said national building code mentions anything about earth masonry: cob, adobe, rammed earth, compressed earth blocks, earthbags, the rammed tires in earthships...?


From: [address removed]
Subject: [penn-permaculture] Fwd: National Straw Bale Building Code is a Go
To: [address removed]
Date: Fri, 1 Nov[masked]:48:39 -0400

FYI Some of you may find this of interest 

 

National Straw Bale Building Code is a Go

In This Issue...


 

Straw Bale National Building Codes

A historic day for straw bale construction!

Thankfully, we’ve never had to worry ourselves about local building codes, but there are many, many more folks who regularly struggle with codes when attempting to build a natural home in their area. And so the following news is very welcome, not just for those folks, but for a potential ecological/cultural tidal shift, as well. Earlier in October, an appendix on straw bale building was approved for inclusion in the 2015 International Residential Code for one and two-family dwellings. The IRC is basically the foundation for building codes all across the US. Wow!

 

Here’s more details and commentary from Andrew Morrison of strawbale.com about this great news:

The IRC is the basis for the Residential Building Code in virtually every jurisdiction in the US.   So once these jurisdictions adopt the 2015 IRC, there will be a straw bale code for almost every jurisdiction in the United States. No more convincing building inspectors that your idea isn’t crazy. No more wondering if the plan checker will allow you to build the house of your dreams. You will be able to site the national code and move forward with your construction process, with a permit.

It should be noted that appendices in the IRC are not integral with the body of the IRC, and must be explicitly adopted by jurisdictions using the IRC.  But it is expected that the vast majority will adopt the straw bale appendix because it fills a great need.  Even if your jurisdiction does not adopt the appendix, you could cite it in the NATIONAL model code, which would carry enormous weight, and likely be used as the de facto code.

There are some restrictions within the straw bale appendix, most of which are appropriate for the proper use of straw bale construction; however, others are a bit conservative as a means of gaining acceptance in ICC’s approval process.   The appendix is a living document, and will evolve over time through ICC’s review process every three years. It was an important step to get “in the door” and now we can allow the appendix to evolve over time.

Very exciting news. Congrats to all folks who had a hand in making this a possibility, and now, reality!

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