This bill (A-Engrossed) adopts amendments to state building code to establish specified construction standards for small homes of 400 square feet and eliminates some building code safety standards. Sunsets January 2, 2024.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Choice of cheap housing for very few homeless that are healthy and able to climb loft stairs. Not a viable option for seniors. Perhaps a viable option for college students.
There is a Safety issue, which could put Oregon at Tort risk. There is not scientific evidence that it is safe to lower the standards, which may subject the state to a violation of Article 1 of the Oregon Constitution. To the contrary, evidence shows a greater risk of death from fires in loft sleeping areas.
Disregards fire safety concerns for inhabitants without thorough vetting at the State or National level putting inhabitants at risk. Bill puts micro-home building codes into statute specifying height and width of structure to be not less than 80" high and 35 sq feet minimum of 5 feet with specific loft requirements. The building codes adopted in Oregon are based on national standards directed by Oregon’s seven statutory boards made up of stakeholders who are in the best position to determine the effectiveness of code provisions. Oregon’s unique building code system has been around since 1974, and it is one of the most successful systems in the nation. Writing codes at the legislative level undermines the system that has placed Oregon as a leader undermining the professional and technical expertise of Oregon’s statutory boards and the experts who serve on those boards. Micro houses have difficulty meeting the existing residential building code developed for conventional houses for good reason.
The demand for micro houses is driven by factors contrary to future viability, including cost of materials, energy and natural resource conservation, housing density goals, and homelessness.