Our Tiny Homes are inspected and certified!
Here at Rafter B Tiny Homes, each Tiny Home goes through a thorough inspection and certification process to ensure they are built to high quality and safety standards. Our construction facility has also been inspected and certified, and we have annual facility inspections. Although we are not currently required to have these inspections/certifications, we feel this will become the standard in the Tiny Home industry, so we are simply getting ahead of the curve.
After reviewing several companies in the industry, we chose Pacific West Tiny Homes, a subsidiary of Pacific West Associates, Inc (PWA), as our third party inspection/certification company. PWA is composed of licensed electrical, mechanical, structural and forensic engineers. Their evaluation and certification staff meet the requirements of the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) E699-16, which is for agencies involved in testing, quality assurance, and evaluating of manufactured building components.
Chuck Ballard, President of PWA, brings 30 years of expertise in certification in the recreational vehicle industry. Chuck also serves on 5 Committees that write the codes and standards for the RV Industry:
Principle Member of the NFPA 1192 Standard On Recreational Vehicles
Principle Member of the NFPA 1194 Standard On Recreational Parks And Campgrounds
Principle Member ANSI A119.5 Park Model Recreational Vehicle Standard
Principle Member ANSI UPA (Uniform Plan Approval)
Principle Member ANSI/RVIA Low Voltage Standard
Our Tiny Homes are inspected throughout the build process by Pacific West Tiny Homes. Each build includes reviewing codebooks and checklists and involves a number of consultations. Once the final inspection and certification is complete, we are given a certification label to affix to the Tiny Home. Below is a sample copy of PWA’s certification label:
This certification label is a statement from the oversight authority that the product being inspected is manufactured to a certain set of codes and standards. In PWA’s case, they certify to NFPA 1192, 2015 Edition (Recreational Vehicles), the ANSI A119.5 2009 Edition (Park Models), and the National Electrical Code Sections 551 and 552.
PWA is accredited by each of the 50 state in the U.S., which is a requirement for a 3rd party certification agency.
PWA President: Chuck Ballard; PWA Vice President: Alex Ontiveros