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Tiny houses on wheels (THOW) are gaining significant interest and momentum in Australia, as they offer alternative housing to the traditional housing model. A significant challenge for the acceptance of THOW relates to ambiguity on how they should be treated under regulations. The construction of THOW straddle both caravan regulations and housing regulations, which can raise significant debate in the tiny house sector, and a review of the National Construction Code Volume 2, Housing Provisions reviews how a THOW could be constructed to include the key elements of the Housing Provisions, or where dispensation maybe sought.
Click here to read more by Janine Strachan, ATHA VP of Planning and Safety Standards.
Can tiny houses on wheels comply with Australian housing provisions?
The fast-growing tiny house industry is a step closer to becoming an official downsizing option, with an Australian-first move underway to recognise the dwellings under State regulations.
Tiny houses are defined by the Australian Tiny House Association (ATHA) as being moveable dwellings which are capable of being used for permanent accommodation and less than 50 square metres in size.
In effect, they are miniature and towable versions of typical suburban homes.
According to the ATHA’s vice-president Janine Strachan, the tiny house movement began in the United States following the global financial crisis of the late 2000s, when they became an affordable housing option for people who had lost their homes in the market crash. She estimated that tiny houses have been in Australia for up to eight years.
Click here to read more.
Tiny houses making giant strides towards Australian-first legal recognition
The Morrison government wants to make tiny homes a bigger deal.
Industry Minister Karen Andrews, a self-described fan of tiny homes, says she wants to see the prefabricated building sector grow by $30 billion over the next five years. The sector currently makes up about three to five per cent of Australia's $150 billion construction industry, but Ms Andrews says it could grow to 15 per cent by 2025. Click here to read more.
Morrison government's bid to grow tiny home industry
Bunnings flatpack homes fly off the shelves – but only in New Zealand
Lisa Martin talks to ATHA about tiny homes in Australia and New Zealand. Click here to read more.
A Victorian tiny-house company has won an international award for helping to make cities safer, more resilient and sustainable.
Fred's Tiny Houses teaches do-it-yourself builders the ins and outs of design and construction, as well as selling completed dwellings. Click here to read more.
Off-the-grid DIY tiny house business wins international sustainability award
Talking Tiny on ABC News with Simon Marnie
One lucky couple has the chance to win a night at IKEA’s first bed and breakfast. It’s a tiny Scandi-inspired abode and it’s on the actual shore of Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The Tiny House is ATHA Member Designer Eco Tiny Houses’ Adventure Series 6000 tiny Home.
IKEA Launch Tiny BnB
Accessible tiny home helps elderly woman age in place gracefully
The Aussie builder leading the tiny house movement
Steiner Student Year 12 builds Tiny House
City of Fremantle Tiny House
On 28 March 2018 the City of Fremantle Council gave its final approval to the ‘Freo Alternative - Big Thinking about Small Housing’, formally known as Local Planning Scheme Amendment No. 63. The proposed changes to the City's planning scheme aim to stimulate development of a wider choice of housing in Fremantle’s suburban areas while still maintaining what people value about their neighbourhoods. Click here to see more details.
Think Small for Perth’s affordable living infill future
A focus on women who build Tiny Houses
Tiny homes all the rage, but they can come with a huge amount of red tape
Octogenarian's tailor-made tiny house offers a retirement home alternative
Business Insider Article
The Aim2 Flourish awards celebrate positive business innovations around the world. These include a huge range of business initiatives; from selling low cost solar lights in urban slums to promoting gender equality in one of the world’s largest companies. Read about Fred’s nomination here.
Tiny Houses Open on Sustainable House Day 16 September
Tiny Homes, Big Community
Cheaper land, better planning laws needed
Sunrise on 7 Showcase Tiny Houses
Homes of the Future
Nine News at the Melbourne Home Show
Learn how to construct a tiny house in Sydney.
Bower Reuse & Repair Centre in Marrickville is helping Sydneysiders take their small living dreams closer to reality, with their Tiny House Building Course open for enrolments. Click here for an article.
Melbourne Home Show
The tiny living trend is showing no signs of slowing – as realestate.com.au discovered last week at the Melbourne Home Show.
Grand Designs Australia host Peter Madison on the tiny home he designed
Why so many Australians are embracing the ‘tiny house’ movement?
Big Promises, Tiny Homes
Read this article featuring Jan Stewart (ATHA Secretary) and stories on a number of tiny house projects around Australia.
Sowelo Tiny Houses, Winner of Master Builder's Excellence in Regional Building Awards 2018
Great news to hear a Tiny House builder winning an award. Congratulations to ATHA members Shona and Barlo from Sowelo Tiny Houses. Their beautiful contemporary tiny house is leading the way for recognition for this alternative style of housing.
How a crazy idea led Fred Schultz to build and live in a tiny house
The ACT government is currently undertaking a housing choices project that is looking at a range of housing options available in residential areas and whether they meet the needs of the community.
Housing types such as tiny houses have been put forward by the community as possible options that could be considered as part of this project. Click here to read more.
Victorian Government defines affordable housing in planning legislation
VICTORIAN Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week announced that new regulations have come into force that better define 'affordable housing' and make it easier for Councils and developers to negotiate voluntary agreements to include affordable homes in residential developments.
Planning Officer to investigate North American Tiny House movement
City of Kalamunda in WA, planning officer Stephanie Brokenshire will travel to America to investigate the tiny house on wheels movement after being named the 2018 Local Government Professionals Lo-Go Scholarship winner. See article here.
Maroondah City Council Ruling
The Municipal Association of Victoria state council is urging the state government to amend the Victorian planning provisions to better support small affordable housing. Click here to see the State Council Motion.
Tiny becomes Big
Ruling in Camden
Tiny home movement gains momentum in South Australia
While the movement is huge in the US and other parts of the world, and rapidly growing in Brisbane and Melbourne, it is also starting to take hold in South Australia. Read this article on realestate.com.au for more information.
Brisbane ruling on Tiny House