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The NOAH Standard for Tiny Houses on Wheels

 

Guidelines 8/12/18

Definition: A tiny house on wheels (THOW), for the purposes of these Guidelines, is:

  1. A structure that has at least 70 square feet and no more than 400 square feet of first floor interior living space. Lofts are not included in this square footage calculation.
  2. Is mounted on a movable foundation.
  3. Includes basic functional areas that support normal daily routines (such as cooking, sleeping, and toiletry)

Standard and codes for the construction of a Tiny House on Wheels.

  1. Meets the following National Codes and Standards:
    1. NFPA 1192
    2. ANSI 119.5
    3. NFPA 70 (National Electric Code)
  2. The home must be capable of withstanding a minimum of140 mile per hour winds, 50 pound per square foot snow load, and 6.5 seismic earthquake (zone 4)
  3. The home must be equipped with moisture barriers, vapor barriers, fans and vents to adequately control moisture in the home.
  4. The trailer must be engineered to support the weight of the home and contents. (locate axels to balance and track the home during towing. Rule of thumb 60/40 ratio, with 60% toward the tongue)
  5. The home must have a minimum insulation of R13 in walls and floor; and a minimum insulation of R-19 in the ceiling.
  6. All Windows and Skylights must be double pane.
  7. All entry doors must be equipped with weather stripping to prevent air infiltration.
  8. All sleeping areas (including lofts large enough for a bed) must have a primary and a properly labeled secondary means of egress.