Residential Fire Sprinkler System Mandates Being Challenged by Builders
Resistance to the national building code requiring fire sprinkler installation in new residential homes is facing stiff opposition as states attempt to comply with the code implemented in 2008 by the International Code Council which is due to be implemented in all states by 2011. The Georgia House of Representatives voted favorably Monday for HB 1196, a law that would "provide that no building code shall include a requirement that fire sprinklers be installed in a single-family dwelling or a residential building containing no more than two dwelling units..."
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) claim the proposed regulations would impose an additional $13,000 to the construction costs of new homes. They are concerend such increases can have a serious impact on the building trade.
The president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), John Viniello, says “Right now, we’re just fighting battles one by one.” At a meeting in early march between Viniello and the NAHB, discussions focused on states that have adopted the fire sprinkler code and how to adjust the zoning and the density requirements in a way that would benefit the construction industry.
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