NOAH Certified – Pioneers for Safe Tiny Houses on Wheels

Published On October 27, 2017 | By Maria Fredgaard

A while ago we got the chance to talk to Andrew Bennett from NOAH Certified. A national inspection company for tiny houses on wheels. Andrew Bennett and his crew are first movers in America when it comes to certifications of tiny houses on wheels, and they are really filling a huge gap in the market.

We were super excited about getting more insight into tiny house certification!

Always prepare for a hurricane on the road

The work they do in NOAH Certified is very important and needed. A tiny house is just can’t be compared to building a traditional house.

The foundation has to withstand a lot more during travel, and Andrew Bennett knows what he’s doing. When calculating these forces, though there’s a lot of parameters to consider.

A trip down the road 70 mph (113 kph) during a rainstorm can effectively give the same feeling as a hurricane. Your foundation can be shaken, so it has to withstand a 3.5 Richter scale earthquake, and lastly G-force influence how much the tiny house can withstand.

Long-needed regulatory guidelines

Andrew Bennett started a long time ago, building tiny houses on wheels, and back then there were no regulations.
A lot of times new tiny house builders are very competent in building a regular home, but they may not have the knowledge on how to build up a home that is sometimes on the move.

He saw so many tiny houses being built just as a small version of a regular house and from regular standards, which just isn’t responsible for a tiny house on wheels.

A wide range of experience

Andrew Bennett has experience from 7 years of building campers, he has built 25 tiny houses and was an engineer in the military. All of which he used in his work to try to foresee as much as possible.

A lot can go wrong on the interstate and can cost lives if the construction is poor.

That’s why he developed some standards which are all voluntary but extremely good to follow. They are based on all the right regulations (the international residential standard codes, travel codes, fire safety and so on).

The way it works is that the construction companies pay Noah Certified to be put through five to seven stages of extreme inspection during the construction, which certifies the integrity of the building company.

Not only will you have a home, you will know for sure that it is safe, but you will also have an easier job selling later in life.

Insurance is now possible

It has also seemed impossible to get your tiny house insured, but now because of our standards, you can actually get an insurance policy if you have a NOAH certification.

NOAH Certified was actually contacted by a big insurance company who wanted to cooperate. And after two months of vetting, they wanted to stand behind Noa Certified and came up with a whole new insurance policy.

If you have a NOAH certified house, you can get a real full-time tiny house complete comprehensive liability insurance policy in your house. A policy that covers everything from travel, theft, fire, accidents in the home and for a competitive rate.

Next agenda

Besides building companies, Andrew also does consult work for municipalities around in different states, where he consults on subjects like how to allow tiny houses both legally and safely. An importing discussion that will help to make some changes that are going to help keep the movement in the right direction.

Next step is to help empower the tiny house people with the right tools they need to get a “yes” to park they tiny house. It can be a challenge to find a place, but with a little help the municipalities will come around and permit parking of the tiny houses.

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