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    Exclamation Home Sprinkler Systems to REMAIN OPTIONAL!

    This once again has failed to get approval! The frigging home builders are moaning and groaning about the cost!!! Actually they really don't get a big one, as long as someone is buying the houses!!




    Home sprinkler systems to remain optional


    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Today, July 26, 2010, a debate came to a head...about what's "over" your head. At issue: whether indoor home sprinklers should be mandatory.

    Firefighters have been pushing hard to make sprinklers mandatory in all new home construction. But in a unanimous vote, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development decided to keep them optional.
    "The option will be, obviously, the customer's whether or not they want to put them in," said Warren Wakeland of the Homebuilding Association of Richmond.

    The homebuilding industry argued mandatory sprinklers would drive up the cost of houses.


    "When you're talking about between $4 and $5 a square foot, for sprinkler system installed in the average home, you take a 2,000 square foot home, you could be looking at an extra $10,000," Wakeland said.


    But firefighters say you can't put a price on saving lives. Sprinklers, they say, protect people getting out of a burning house, and, those going in.
    "In many cases they [sprinklers] will extinguish fires, and there will be very little left to do but clean up," said Ed Altizer, state fire marshal.

    Both sides agree properly maintained smoke detectors are a less expensive alternative. The debate will continue, though, as sprinklers become more affordable.

    "We still have quite a few questions on that, so as opposed to just killing the program, we've just moved it to the next code cycle," said DHCD Chairperson Brian Mullins.

    The building code of Virginia is re-written every three years, so the next time this issue would come up again is 2012. The code just adopted is considered the 2009 edition.


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    Too bad they can't or haven't used the arguments that sprinkler systems decrease insurance rates and add value to the home while buying time for escape should the house actually catch fire.The systems are not like the ones seen in comedies where they go off at the slightest hint of heat in the vicinity.
    Maybe the local government could give tax breaks to those having sprinklers installed in their homes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    Too bad they can't or haven't used the arguments that sprinkler systems decrease insurance rates and add value to the home while buying time for escape should the house actually catch fire.The systems are not like the ones seen in comedies where they go off at the slightest hint of heat in the vicinity.
    Maybe the local government could give tax breaks to those having sprinklers installed in their homes.

    Oh but they have said that. It's the builders and some on the panel that are in the builders pockets!!! You aren't going to vote in a law that someone has votes for you and not will go against you at the polling booth!
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    What I am waiting for is a lawsuit against a homebuilder for failing to utilize all available safety features in their homes and causing the death of someone. That will be the only way we will ever see lightweight construction be regulated and sprinklers mandated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcwops View Post
    What I am waiting for is a lawsuit against a homebuilder for failing to utilize all available safety features in their homes and causing the death of someone. That will be the only way we will ever see lightweight construction be regulated and sprinklers mandated.

    That probably won't happen, since there isn't a statue in Virginia saying that Sprinklers must be installed in new SFD!

    Now, if I was going to have a $250,000 or more expensive house built, you bet you arz it would have sprinlers installed.

    The prospective home owner, wishing to have a site built home erected, can specify what they want in the construction. Sprinklers included and better yet the use of materials other than lightweight materials, if they wish to pay more per square foot.
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