Should All New Homes Have Fire Sprinklers

Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania
09-24-09
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHOULD ALL NEW HOMES HAVE FIRE SPRINKLERS?

Erie, PA – A group of local builders and developers met yesterday at the Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania to discuss changes occurring to Residential Building Code. Included in that is the possibility that all new home construction would require mandatory fire sprinklers by 2011. Both state and local officials are analyzing what the impact of this new law may mean.

Additional cost may harm potential sale of new construction and think of all the potential for water and mold damages resulting from accidental discharge some builders would argue. On the other side there is no dollar value you can place on a saved life fire officials would argue, insurance premiums would fall as a result of the sprinkler system offsetting cost.

“Political lobbying from both sides of the table is occurring. It will be a fight until the end of the year to see if this is a part of the final code or not,