Residential Fire Sprinklers – Coming soon to all new construction!

September 25, 2008 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

Today the International Code Council (http://www.iccsafe.org/) has voted overwhelmingly to include the requirement for fire sprinklers in its code for new residential construction.

This is from an article at Treehugger.com (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/09/fire-sprinklers-to-be-mandatory.php)

Excerpt: “This could be a real boon for greener, healthier houses. Currently, a lot of furniture, plastics and even bedding and clothing are treated with fire retardants like Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) that are building up in our bloodstreams and in women’s breast milk. As we noted earlier, “Once again, it is a design problem; it would be superfluous to add fire retardants to furniture or electronics if there was a fire suppression system in every house, and the most effective system of all is a sprinkler system.”

An even more thorough can be found at the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/24code.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin

I can completely agree with this code improvement as I have been in low income housing for some time and it is not only required in a lot of jurisdictions but is usually mandated by the financing sources. I can also personally attest that it saves lives and property.  Great Job ICC!

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