Opponents of home fire sprinklers failed in their initial effort to eliminate the requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes from the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). All five anti-sprinkler proposals considered by the IRC Committee at their April public hearing in Louisville, Kentucky, were rejected, but the committee recommendation for Proposal RB129-16--which would place the requirement to sprinkler new homes into the IRC's annex--has been challenged and could be overturned when ICC’s voting-governmental members use online voting to determine the final outcome.
We need your votes.
The future of home fire safety in America hinges on winning the final action vote. Home fire sprinklers represent our best chance of striking at the heart of America's fire problem. We won the home fire sprinkler issue in the IRC eight years ago, culminating a 30-year effort, and have successfully defended the requirement in the 2009, 2012, and 2015 code editions. Losing this year’s vote would be a terrible setback for home fire safety. In a recent review of agencies that are ICC voting governmental members, many jurisdictions are shown as either:
• not eligible to participate in final action voting on ICC code change proposals because they have not completed the required annual re-validation process for voting designees, or
• not using all of their votes because voters are not assigned to each of available slot.
Please see the attached document for detailed instruction to be sure you’ve completed the required annual re-validation process for your voting designees and will be eligible to vote in November. Deadline is September 19, 2016.
If you are not a voting member, please help us spread the word about this crucial vote.