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Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletterThe new issue of Fire Sprinkler Initiative News, NFPA's monthly e-newsletter, features Chief Brian Black, who tells a compelling story about a fire that destroyed his home. We also look back at last month's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, where NFPA President Jim Shannon said that NFPA is in the fight for sprinkler for the "long haul", and where Canadian homebuilder Murray Pound said that installing home fire sprinklers is part of being a responsible builder.

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Guests at the new VISION House® exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® are learning that there are lots of ways to be "green". The new exhibit, presented by Green Builder® Media, officially opened to the public on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), and was designed to inspire homeowners with solutions for contemporary green living.

As guests were led on guided tours of the VISION House, they learned about the major themes of green building, including energy generation and efficiency, water conservation, as well as the positive environmental impact of home fire sprinklers, which have been proven to reduce greenhouse gases released by burning buildings by 98 percent.

Ron Jones, President of Green Builder Media, considered to be one of the fathers of the green building movement, spoke to NFPA during the VISION House launch event. He said that for as long as he's been in the industry, he's thought of fire as both a safety and environmental issue. 


As a partner for this innovative exhibit, NFPA provided messaging from the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, to educate Epcot visitors about home fire sprinklers.


As reported on, the Yakama Nation Housing Authority is building a $27 million development and part of that money will pay for fire sprinkler systems in all new homes.

Located in Toppenish, Washington the Yakama Indian Reservation covers 1,573 square miles in the south-central Washington counties of Klickitat and Yakima. The Yakama Indian Reservation has 8,870 members.

The Yakama Housing Authority hopes the investment now will save lives and property for years to come. The article quotes James Berg, of the housing authority: “The cost of that new technology is such, its attainable, that it makes a great deal of sense." Speaking about the project, firefighter Andy Babcock adds: "Its protecting your most vulnerable people, people that are elderly, people under 10."

WA_FSIThe State of Washington allows local jurisdictions to adopt home fire sprinkler requirements. The life safety community is very active, and united under the umbrella of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition. The coalition is a group dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in the State of Washington.

To learn more visit the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition website. For more information about fire sprinkler systems in Washington State contact NFPA Fire Sprinkler Specialist Jeffrey Hudson.

Maria Figueroa

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