Home builders, sellers battle state's fire sprinkler requirement

Mar 6, 2010 Full story: Blairsville Dispatch 11

Single-family housing starts in Southwestern Pennsylvania*: 2009: 1,517 2008: 2,006 * Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

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Jennifer Poole

Sewickley, PA

#1 Mar 23, 2010
This is another fine example of how the government is limiting American Citizens Freedoms and worming their greedy hands into the private sector. This needs to stop if we want to continue to be a democracy. America is about choice and freedom; but slowly we are becoming very limited in the decisions we can make. I hope people realize what our nation is becoming.

Conway, PA

#2 Mar 24, 2010
and your point is ????

Warren, OH

#3 Mar 30, 2010
Point might be that this is ANOTHER costly addition to homeowners when they have to sell their homes. The government always has their hands in others pockets...and it will only be getting worse. My husband being a builder, I can tell you that the "government requirements" added to new homes have increased the cost by more than $30,000. Yes...I said $30,000.

Since: Mar 09

Butler, PA

#4 Apr 1, 2010
30,000 really...and just what are those specific requirements that cost 30k? a residential sprinkler system itself would not cost even close to 30k...

United States

#5 Jul 28, 2010
I believe it only applies to new construction
so it would have no impact on someone selling an older home.

Also if you've lost a loved one to a fire you
wouldn't be so quick to bad mouth it.

United States

#6 Jul 28, 2010
From the aricle
"The sprinklers are one element among hundreds ... in the new building code that are going to increase the cost of a new home by a minimum of $13,000," said builders association spokesman Scott Elliott.

A National Association of Homebuilders survey found 85 percent of consumers do not want a sprinkler system in their home, he said.


United States

#7 Jul 28, 2010
Ok If it would be 13,000 that spread over a 30 year mortgage is cheap.
I'm sure there will be cheaper insurance rates to go along with the sprinkler systems.
Also most people asked do not want it because they know little about it.
The same builders complained years ago about the hard wired smoke detector ruling.

United States

#8 Jul 28, 2010
Denny it sounds as if you're in the sprinkler business, $13,000 @ 5+ % is not cheap, your house insurance is also based on is there a fire dept nearby, a fire hydrant ect. people that build houses now adays do so in the country where there are limited fire and police protection. I see it as another move towards the nanny state

United States

#9 Jul 28, 2010
No I'm not in the sprinkler business.

I do know what it is to lose a brother in a
house fire that could have been put out rather quickly if available then.

Also your last comment makes no sense
people do build homes away from fire departments all the more reason to have the homes sprinklered.

Chicago, IL

#10 Jul 28, 2010
I see folks joining in from what appears to be various parts of the country.

Do your states have radon testing/mitigation requirements?

United States

#11 Jul 28, 2010
Denny, my condolences on your brother, I don't see anybody ''badmouthing'' only people stating their opinions, I can see where the additional cost would hamper some individuals and I can see where it would save lives and I also see that goverment has been and continues to mandate things they have no business mandating

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