What Is A Park Model?
A Park Model falls under a building code CSA Z241, this building code is the national building standard that must be met by all manufacturers producing Park Models. The CSA Z241 Park Model Code is designed for the Recreational use category, where you may occupy the Park Model in each season of the year, but not consistently as your primary resident. Alternate building codes have been designed and established within the CSA regulatory body for full time living Or anything larger than 538 Sq ft.
A Park Model can be 538 Sq. ft. or less. Two common footprint sizes or floor plan dimensions are within a 12’ X 44’ or 14’ X 39’, with the addition of bays and bump outs are included within the sq. footage and overall width for transportation. Bays do shorten the Park Model home to stay at 538 Sq. ft. MAX. Park Models that fall legally under the required building restrictions will carry a CSA/Intertek sticker and product number. To build larger than the 538 SQ ft. or CSA Z241 code, different building code and licensing must be met.
Park Models can be built at multiple different levels of quality, Paneling and wall thickness can be one sign of how quality and inferior units are usually built. Park Models will generally be found with siding, house wrap, 7/16 OSB sheathing with 2X6 studded walls holding an R20 Insulation rating, interior vapor barrier, ½ inch drywall and dual pane low E vinyl windows. Many Park Models do not fall under this level of efficiency, as you may know these small hidden qualities create a longer lasting energy saving, comfy, cozy recreational escape and in most cases, these qualities can be found in select Manufacturers without adding overall additional cost to the product. CSA Z241 Code is designed to accommodate any month of the year, if built by a reputable and knowledgeable Park Model provider, sales staff will help with the understanding behind the drastic difference between a quality built recreational escape vs, optional standards that exist behind many suppliers.