Council vote confirms need for life-saving technology in new homes.
Voting members of the
International Code Council
overwhelmingly (73 percent) supported
a residential fire sprinkler requirement for all new one- and two-family homes
and townhouses. Fire service and building code officials united to approve the
requirement and countered opposition. According to code officials, the code
proposal, RB64, easily overcame a procedural requirement that mandated a
super-majority of two-thirds approval. This represents an unprecedented step
forward in advancing home fire safety in the United States, ICC reported.
The IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition
, an association of
more than 100 fire service, building code official and safety organizations
representing 45 states, assumed a leadership position and secured unified
support for this issue over the past 18 months.
worked hard to rally support throughout the United States for a residential
fire sprinkler requirement, but our supporters deserve the recognition for
showing up en masse in Minneapolis,” said Ronny J. Coleman
president of the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition, in a statement. “They know from
experience that sprinklers are the answer to the nation’s fire problem.”
The sprinkler mandate will first appear in the 2009
International Residential Code (IRC),
which will be published by the end of the year. A total of 46 states use the
IRC as the basis of regulating new home construction.
was a historic moment in residential fire safety – and is a significant step in
a long journey before sprinklers are installed in every new home,” noted
Coleman. “We’re now going to move forward at the state and local level to
ensure new code requirement is adopted.”