Resolved that NAHB reaffirm its existing policy opposing mandating the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sprinkler systems in dwellings scoped in the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC), (one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height with their own means of egress) because it has not been demonstrated that residential sprinkler systems can meet, at a minimum, the following conditions:
- Significantly reduce the initial installation cost of the system versus current NFPA sprinkler systems,
- Enhance the safety of occupants without a significant reduction in housing affordability,
- Reduce the substantial costs associated with connecting to public water systems or providing water storage/delivery systems for homes not connected to public water,
- Address freezing concerns and provide low-cost solutions for homes in colder climates,
- Provide simplified design, installation and inspection requirements that significantly reduce the associated costs,
- Minimize the maintenance of the installed system required of home owners,
- Relieve builders of legal liability for malfunctions or failures, and
- Address insurance industry rate increases, policy exceptions or policy denials for sprinkler system malfunctions or failures.
Resolution originally adopted: 2006.9 No. 4
Committee with primary jurisdiction:
- Construction, Codes & Standards Committee
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