Against mandating residential fire sprinkler
(Update: On July 22, 2009, following a public hearing at which the overwhelming majority of speakers were opposed to a fire sprinkler mandate, the Michigan Building Code Review Committee voted 10-2 against mandating fire sprinklers in new home construction.The committee’s recommendation will be considered by the state director of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, who will make the final decision.) On July 22, members of the Michigan Building Code Review Committee will consider whether to make mandatory the installation of fire sprinklers in one- and two-family homes and townhouses for all new construction in Michigan.Schwartz questions the idea of forcing people to pay for something that they may not want in the first place.“That’s money that you can use for improved health care for your family,” Schwartz observes.The overwhelming majority of states have decided that installing the systems should be an option, not a mandate, for home buyers.And the overwhelming majority of home buyers have decided that the systems are not worth the additional expense.Voting members of the International Code Council will once again consider an amendment to move the requirement to install fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-family homes from the main body of the International Residential Code – where it has been since 2009 – back to the appendix.It makes a difference because when a requirement is part of the main body, it’s much easier for states, counties and local jurisdictions to adopt it lock, stock and barrel when it comes time to update the building codes.
That’s money that you can use to buy a newer, safer car. There are all types of uses for that money, and you’re taking that money away from them and making them use it in a way that do.” In the meantime, Ken Bensen says sprinklers can be installed in homes built by Habitat for Humanity Michigan at the families’ request.
When it’s in the appendix, the jurisdiction has to decide to amend the model code to include the requirement.
That’s not been an issue for fire sprinkler requirements, though.
1 member service that is provided by the National Fire Sprinkler Association is the creation of new markets for sprinkler products through laws, ordinance and code changes.” When asked, “Is there any mention on their Web site about the goal of saving lives?
” Schwartz replies, “On the section of director of regional operations, where they talk about what the member services [are], there isn’t one word about public safety.” To be fair, the association’s mission statement, listed on a different part of its Web site, is “[t]o protect lives and property from fire through the wide-spread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.” Still, according to a 2008 report by Fire Smarts LLC and Residential Fire Sprinklers.com, mandating the fire sprinkler “concept” could also mean a market share hike from 0 million to as much as billion, which the report calls a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.
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According to Bensen: “We would be willing — if a family needs it or feels that they need it — we would be willing to put sprinklers in any house.