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Brantley County, Georgia

Brantley County, Georgia and the Cities of Nahunta and Hoboken Entered into a 2016 Comprehensive Plan initiative to include Small Housing to address an Affordable Housing Issue within their county.

“Best Practices recommended for Brantley County and Hoboken and Nahunta: x Meet regularly with SGRC staff to discuss local priorities and projects and explore opportunities for assistance and coordination with regional efforts.

7. Housing Options Promote an adequate range of safe, affordable, inclusive, and resource efficient housing in the community. This may be achieved by encouraging development of a variety of housing types, sizes, costs, and densities in each neighborhood; promoting programs to provide housing for residents of all socioeconomic backgrounds, including affordable mortgage finance options; instituting programs to address homelessness issues in the community; or coordinating with local economic development programs to ensure availability of adequate workforce housing in the community. Best Practices recommended for Brantley County and Hoboken and Nahunta: x Consider creating an ordinance to allow cottage zoning to allow very small single family homes to fill the need for affordable housing, utilize vacant properties and keep cost down for construction and so eliminate the need for manufactured homes. x Provide education on home loan assistance to foster rehabilitation and revitalization. xDensity Districts: Identify and establish, by ordinance, districts of your community where higher density housing is appropriate and permitted, such as downtown and walkable neighborhoods near commercial districts.”

We are also aware that their are currently no restrictions on Container Homes anywhere in the County of Brantley.  There is no requirement to place them on a permanent foundation, they must meet electrical and plumbing permit requirements, the permit is around $30.00 per 1,000 Square Feet of living space.


Eccotemp iE-18 Electric Tankless Water Heater – New

Product Description

Eccotemp iE18, 18Kw Electric Indoor Tankless Water Heater

Ideal for a large apartment or townhome.

The Eccotemp iE18 18Kw Electric Tankless Water Heater can be used for up to two applications at once, with its compact design allowing for easy installation in any home. Rated at a 2.5 GPM flow rate, the iE18 can produce a constant and steady temperature from 86 to 140 F (30-60 C) that can be set on the front panel. This model requires a 240-volt electric service and has a max amp draw of 75 amps. 

Along with the iE’s sleek and modern design, this energy efficient model consists of multiple heating elements to share the workload and extend the life of the heater also ensuring that you enjoy a steady stream of endless hot water for years to come. The iE series electric tankless water heaters are 96% efficient, saves water and can use up to 60% less electricity than conventional tank water heater, making it cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Eccotemp iE Manual

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Additional Features

  • Rated at 2.5 GPM
  • Requires 240 volt electric outlet
  • Unit Dimensions are 12″x5″x20″
  • Self-diagnostics 
  • 96+% Thermal Efficiency
  • Requires no venting
  • Standard 3/4″ NPT plumbing connections with no flow restrictions
  • ETL Certified
  • Advanced temperature control avoids temperature fluctuations and scalding
  • Activates only on demand
  • 40 degree temperature rise @ 2.5GPM
  • 2 year limited warranty
  • Rust and corrosion resistant
  • Compact size


Please Note: Failure to clean and descale your water heater quarterly can result in lime and sediment build up within the heater, which can void your warranty! We recommend using our Eccotemp EZ-Flush System Descaler Kit to ensure a clean, energy efficient, long lasting heater!

Eccotemp 45HI-LP Tankless Water Heater

Product Description

This model has been redesigned to activate at a lower flow rate of .8 GPM as well as updated self-diagnostics

The Eccotemp 45HI-LP Indoor Liquid Propane Tankless Water Heater is the largest indoor model of the Eccotemp tankless line. Rated at an impressive 6.8 GPM and 150,000 BTU per hour, the 45HI-LP can meet all the hot-water needs of a standard home or apartment with one or two bathrooms, as well as smaller commercial applications. The compact, wall mounted 45HI-LP is powered by liquid propane. With its fully automated control system, the Eccotemp 45HI-LP is the ideal choice for any standard sized home.

45HI Manual

45HI Warranty

Product Features:

  • CSA certified for US and Canadian use
  • Hot water capacity range: .8 – 6.8 GPM
    • 45-degree rise: 6.8 GPM
    • 50-degree rise: 5.0 GPM
    • 70-degree rise: 3.4 GPM
  • Activation Flow .8 GPM
  • Liquid Propane Powered
  • Digital display with simple controls and diagnostics
  • Energy Factor: 0.80
  • Energy rating: 82%
  • Maximum / Minimum gas rate: 19,800 – 150,000 BTUs
  • 3/4” Water Inlet & Outlet
  • 3/4” Gas Inlet
  • 4” Venting

Eccotemp 45HI-LP Dimensions:

  • Height 28″
  • Width 15″
  • Depth 7.5″
  • Weight approx. 38 lbs.
  • Shipping weight 39.7 lbs.

What’s included:

  • 110 volt UL listed power cord
  • 10-year warranty on heat exchanger
  • 5-year warranty on parts
  • T&P Relief Valve
  • Gas Shut Off Valve


IMPORTANT NOTE: Not recommended for elevation above 3,000 ft. and cannot be used for HYDRONIC SYSTEM, RECIRCULATING, or FLOOR HEATING. 

Please Note: Failure to clean and descale your water heater quarterly can result in lime and sediment build up within the heater, which can void your warranty! We recommend using our Eccotemp EZ-Flush System Descaler Kit to ensure a clean, energy efficient, long lasting heater!  Click here for details.

CSA 2714806

Class 2901 85

Class 2901 05

Class 2902 93


Hemp House Construction – Is there a value?

During my research of topics to write about I have noticed many people discussing Hemp House Construction over conventional construction techniques. Many homesteaders obviously want something unique in where they live and what they want to live in. The question typically is this. How can I build my own little place to live in that’s more affordable, stable enough to be safe, and provide enough insulating value that i can handle the summer heat or the cold in the winter? They also want something that they can build with their own hands and use natural products from the earth instead of chemically treated lumber, Fiberglass insulation, and other products.

Let’s start by understanding what Hemp is and it’s many uses. Wikipedia has a great explanation of what is it and the many uses other than construction.

Hemp Farming in France

 Hemp, or industrial hemp explanation can be found HERE

Hemp or Industrial Hemp has many uses such as foods, textiles, Plastics composites, paper, jewelry, shoes, ropes, animal beddings, weed control, water purification, and biofuels. While the hemp plant stems are used for fiber, the seeds are used for medicinal and food uses. Below is an example image of the Hemp stem fibers from the plant.

Industrial Hemp fibers

Using Hemp in Construction:

Hempcrete is a natural building material. It is breathable and has excellent thermal qualities in construction.

Hempcrete fill  Photo Credit : Alex Sparrow

This is a Hempcrete fill used in the construction process.

Photo Credit: Alex Sparrow

Hempcrete or Hemplime is bio-composite material, a mixture of hemp hurds (shives) and lime (possibly including natural hydraulic lime sand, pozzolans) used as a material for construction and insulation. It is marketed under names like Hempcrete, Canobiote, Canosmose, and Isochanvre. Hempcrete is easier to work with than traditional lime mixes and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It lacks the brittleness of concrete and consequently does not need expansion joints.

Hempcrete has been used in France
since the early 1990’s to construct non-weight bearing insulating
infill walls, as hempcrete does not have the requisite strength for
constructing foundation and is instead supported by the frame. France continues to be an avid user of hempcrete; it is growing in popularity annually.
Like other plant products, hemp absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows, retaining the carbon and releasing the oxygen. Theoretically 165 kg of carbon (or 363 pounds) can be absorbed and locked up by 1 m3(or 264 Pounds) of hempcrete wall during manufacture. Keep in mind, like most things related to heating and air and insulation, it’s in BTU’s or British Thermal Units.

The typical compressive strength is around 1 MPa (or around 145 Pounds per square inch), around 1/20 that of residential grade concrete.
It is a low density material and resistant to crack under movement thus
making it highly suitable for use in earthquake-prone areas. Hempcrete
walls must be used together with a frame of another material that
supports the vertical load in building construction, as hempcrete’s density is 15% that of traditional concrete.

While it may be the desired choice over concrete products here in the United States, in many places permits are needed to purchase Hemp based products or bi products. Many of the plants grown in the United States under permit have a relatively low THC concentration and have no adverse side effects on humans. Hempcrete construction however can be a very hands on process in mixing and applying the mixture in your construction projects.

HERE is a video about Hemp and its many uses.

The Benefits of Hemp and Hempcrete Construction

1. Hemp stops the Carbon Emissions in your Home

Hemp is the only building
material that can actually remove carbon from the air. Other methods of
insulation, like fiberglass, have a significant carbon footprint. Hemp
in your home can actually help to reduce the carbon emissions made from
our daily lives.

We spend so much time and money building and
rebuilding our homes, so why not include a resource that protects our
planet? Imagine your home being able to clean the air for you!

2. It’s Safer for Those With Environmental Allergies or Sensitivities

The products used in and around homes make a massive impact on our health and our lives, so its important to make sure they are safe to be around. Hemp is a very clean and non-toxic plant, due to the fact that it requires little to no pesticides or herbicides to grow. Hemp can also be harvested and processed in a safe manner without the use of harsh chemicals. Using Hemp in your home can protect you and your loved ones from environmental issues and illness that result from other building materials.

3. Hempcrete Breathes Well

due to the plant’s porosity, can soak up water from the air and release
it when the moisture level decreases. Like we mentioned earlier,
hempcrete can sequester carbon, but it can also absorb a substantial
amount of heat and humidity when things get hot. And we think that’s
pretty cool.

4. It’s a Bonus!

Hemp is typically
grown for it’s seed or fiber, with the hurd being left behind. This means
that while a large agricultural hemp grow can be turned into clothing,
rope, or even hemp seed oil, the remnants can also be utilized to make
hempcrete. While other plants and their processes create detrimental
waste, almost every part of the hemp plant can be used for something
incredibly useful.

5. Hempcrete is Super Strong

though hempcrete is not generally used for structural framing, it can
be added around the building structure to reap the benefits. When
hempcrete is used around studs, it can prevent them from buckling and
bending under significant loads. Hemp can truly be the backbone of a
structurally sound home!

The vast uses of hemp are pretty amazing,
and we certainly look forward to the future of hemp-centric home
building. Not only can you stay comfortable in your house, but you can
rest easy knowing your family is safe, while you’re reducing your carbon

Would you incorporate hempcrete into your future home? We would love to hear from you on this…

Tiny House Regulations Wyoming

Tiny House Friendly: 510

  • Tiny house regulations and codes vary by city, town, or county.
  • Casper, WY:
  • Tiny houses on foundations are defined as “efficiency dwelling units” and require a living room of not less than 220 square feet of floor area if the living room and bedroom are joined. Separate living room and bedroom shall be no less than 120 square feet. Read here for more.
  • Tiny houses on wheels fall under the definition of a trailer, and can only be placed in an R-6 (Manufactured Home (Mobile) Park) zoning district.
  • The City of Cody refers to tiny houses on wheels as recreational units (RVs), and they are not permitted to be used as accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Tiny houses in Wyoming are rapidly growing in popularity. Tiny house rentals are common in this state, particularly in close proximity to outdoor activities and mountain views. There will be an increase in the number of cities that include tiny houses in their regulations and codes in the coming year.


Tiny House Regulations Wisconsin

Tiny House Friendly: 310

  • Tiny house regulations and codes vary by city, town, or county.
  • Madison defines tiny houses on wheels that are no more than 150 square feet as “portable shelters.”
  • Dane County allows accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that are no more than 800 square feet.

Tiny houses on foundations can be classified as ADUs in most instances; while tiny houses on wheels may find the process far more difficult.


Tiny House Regulations West Virginia

Tiny House Friendly: 310

  • Tiny house regulations and codes vary by city, town, or county.
  • Jefferson County permits accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that are a maximum of 1700 square feet.

While tiny houses may be a solution in disasters such as flooding; tiny house regulations are difficult to navigate for full-time dwellers in West Virginia.


Tiny House Regulations Virginia

Tiny House Friendly: 410

  • Tiny house regulations and codes vary by city, town, or county.
  • Staunton County allows tiny homes with a minimum of 200 square feet.
  • Virginia Beach does not have specific ordinances for tiny houses, but will treat them like any other residential space if they meet the state building code.

Tiny houses in Virginia may be on the rise, but regulations in many of its major cities remain tight. It does seem that some of the counties in Western Virginia ( Not West Virginia )are allowing them. Be sure to check with your local municipalities before building or parking your tiny home.

Staunton and Augusta Counties Virginia are allowing Tiny Homes under certain criteria. The Link is below for more information.


Tiny House Regulations Vermont

Tiny House Friendly: 610

  • Tiny house regulations and codes vary by city, town, or county.
  • Burlington permits tiny houses as accessory dwelling units (ADUs) with no minimum square footage.
  • Williston allows tiny houses to have a maximum of 1500 square feet.

Vermont’s major cities are strict in regards to tiny houses; but in some cases, it may be possible to build as an ADU. It’s relatively common in Vermont to park a tiny house on wheels in rural areas to fly under the radar.


Tiny House Regulations Utah

Tiny House Friendly: 510

  • Tiny house regulations and codes vary by city, town, or county.
  • Washington County minimum square footage is under 300 feet. Tiny houses on foundations are allowed in residential areas as long as they are hooked up to utilities. Tiny houses on wheels are classified as park model recreational vehicles.
  • Salt Lake City permits accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that are either 50% of the square footage of the principal structure or 650 square feet (whichever is greater).
  • Salt Lake City Ordinance
  • Eagle Mountain City allows tiny homes on wheels in base and tier I residential zones.

Utah has been fairly slow to accommodate codes and regulations to tiny houses despite growing demand. However, there are a number of tiny house builders available for those who wish to join the movement regardless.