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PSP and Building Permits

 
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Has anyone ever gotten a building permit for a PSP house?  I will (when the time comes) go to the building department here and talk to them about it (before settling for straw bale), but would like to know if anyone has ever done it, and if so, what requirements were necessary to meet codes.

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Based on what I have read of Glen's posts.  You would need an engineer to approve and sign off on the plans at the very least.  You would have to use a lot of concrete also.  It would be very expensive.
 
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I have a friend who is an engineer, also a brother-in-law.  So that part I can do.  Glenn, where are you, LOL!

Guess I'd better hike over to the other forum he frequents....

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I don't know if this helps at all but I've been researching on how to get a PSP structure into code. Upon searching I found this site and thread and I wanted to post a reply as well as give you any info I've found so far. I'm fairly new to building to code (or trying to) and have always built structures that were sound and never worried about inspectors. Now that I'm trying to build my first house (using PSP) I want to make sure I'm doing it right. Here's a site that I found that gives me hope that it can be done.

http://www.nachi.org/permanent-wood-foundations.htm

I know that a permanent wood foundation is not the same thing. The thing that I find appealing here is that they are using untreated wood (plywood) that is directly in contact with a polyethylene barrier. I've read that a lot of the argument for inspectors is that they aren't sure about the polyethylene's integrity when below grade. Here's a quote from Mike Oehler on http://www.amazon.com/review/R3G2K7KS5WVGC0

It is possible to pass the code with underground housing. A guy named Bill Howit did it in Washington state. There is nothing in the code to prevent it. But since he was building with my Post/Shoring/Polyethylene method which uses wood as the main material (protected from the earth with a polyethylene sheet, or EPDM) the inspectors insisted that it had to meet the code for wooden basements which meant pressure treated lumber -- poison. He went before the variance board armed with testimonials from those of us living in P/S/P housing as to the durability of polyethylene underground. You wouldn't have to go that route even if you built with rock or concrete. --Mike Oehler, author of the book.

I hope this gets the ball rolling. I'd love to hear further discussion as well so that I can get more information on getting my future homes building permit.

Joshua
 
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In one of his videos, I remember him stating to find a place that just DOESN'T have a building code. any place like that in America? Im a prospective PSP builder also. The concept draws me
 
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Gary Russell wrote:In one of his videos, I remember him stating to find a place that just DOESN'T have a building code. any place like that in America? Im a prospective PSP builder also. The concept draws me




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There's no building codes in Montana if you're outside of town/city limits.
 
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