Building a Yurt in Iowa
To build a yurt in Iowa, there will be some local regulations that you will need to work within in order to construct a yurt while remaining in code. These codes will vary from each town, city, and county. For example, the City Council of Iowa Falls recently altered their city code, reducing the minimum required house size from 600 square feet to 500 square feet.
You will also need to construct your yurt with appropriate insulation in order to be within the Iowa residential building code, which should not be an issue, as additional conductive insulation can easily be added to your yurt during the construction process. Additionally, as these are permanent structures that are being built, they will meet up to most codes and regulations regarding the construction, insulation, and heating.
You will also want to evaluate factors such as wind speeds, seismic ratings, snow loads, and fire safety in the region you intend to build your yurt. You will need to check with local zoning and ordinances to determine what requirements your structure will need to meet in order to secure a construction permit.