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Old 03-04-2014, 03:41 PM   #11
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You are correct! When built by a reputable reputable builder yurts are very safe and energy efficient. We have yurts from Alaska to Maine and all points in between that people have effectively lived in during brutal winter conditions. Engineered yurts for snow and wind loading is something we have always offered, but

insulation

is always the sticking point when code officials get down to it. We have already upped the bar by introducing our Arctic

Insulation

package which combines the radiant barrier with flexible foam to add R-value to the yurt. This type of insulation works great for a quick setup, easily portable yurt that is in an area or situation where energy codes don't need to be met. If you are in a situation - residential, commercial, whatever- where this works, then stick with it!

We have tried for years to prove the effectiveness of radiant barriers to code officials, and are still working with others towards recognition of the effectiveness of the system. Many inspectors do say that a radiant barrier is a decent insulation, but they are confined by a rulebook that doesn't recognize it. At this point the long and short of it is that R values are the main factor considered in the currently adopted energy codes for residential dwellings. We are tired of seeing yurts shut down as recognized, viable dwellings because of only looking at one angle of insulation, so we decided to try to design something that met the codes. It took some innovative design work and lots of long hours at the drafting board, but we feel we have settled on a design that will work well and still keep our fabric yurts affordable, especially compared to conventional housing. This will be a game changer for the industry, make no mistake. It is very exciting!

I hope there will always be places in the world where people can make their own choices about how they live and what they live in. However, this is an increasingly regulated world, and we have had clients have to take down their yurt after trying to fly under the code radar, and it is horrible to see. We want people to be able to go into their local code office and say "yes, our yurt will meet your standards, and here is the documentation". We will update the forum as our project here in Montana goes along. Feel free to contact us with any and all questions too!
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:01 PM   #12
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I would love to hear how it turns out. Will your solution work on yurts from other major manufacturers as a retrofit?
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:15 PM   #13
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Great news SD....you have rekindled my enthusiasm for a yurt as full time home in WI.
It has been waning lately because of insulation and condensation concerns.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:05 PM   #14
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At this point retrofitting other manufacturers could be tricky. There are lots of small details that vary between manufacturers, and this is a pretty exact kit we are designing to fit our yurt measurements. But, it could happen in the future. One step at a time!

Glad to hear this sparks your interest again djspn. I think this is going to be a great thing for certain folks. Overall we are confident the yurts are going to be wonderful. Another added benefit of the super insulation is the acoustic barrier. Your neighbors won't be able to hear you so well any more!
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:38 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Surely Yurts - Steve View Post
VT has no zoning in rural areas and very lenient if any building codes outside of urban areas.
Most towns that I'm familiar with in Vermont do have zoning in rural areas. Some have no zoning code though.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:17 AM   #16
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BTW, somebody answered this on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...=share_comment
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Thanks Jafo! I'll have to check that out. I have been looking at houses out of desperation that no one will approve our yurt. This gives me hope. Because we really DON'T want a large house and massive mortgage with high utilities. You guys are the best!
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