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Shelter Designs 03-04-2014 04:41 PM

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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!

Jafo 03-04-2014 05:01 PM

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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?

djspn 03-04-2014 06:15 PM

Re: Any successful New York State Code Divisions Approvals
 
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.

Shelter Designs 03-04-2014 07:05 PM

Re: Any successful New York State Code Divisions Approvals
 
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!

Kiwassa 03-16-2014 09:38 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Surely Yurts - Steve (Post 3112)
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.

Jafo 04-19-2014 11:17 AM

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BTW, somebody answered this on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...=share_comment

klhandler 04-19-2014 01:29 PM

Re: Any successful New York State Code Divisions Approvals
 
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!

CoraJ 07-23-2018 09:19 PM

Re: Any successful New York State Code Divisions Approvals
 
How did this work out? We're wanting to build a yurt in Schoharie County NY, just meet with code officer and he's open but concerned about insulation and NYS code.

Jafo 07-23-2018 09:30 PM

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It depends. Are you planning on living in it full-time or as a camp?

CoraJ 07-24-2018 08:34 PM

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Full time.


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