We need your help to defeat a code proposal that would eliminate a crucial requirement to fire sprinkler all new dwellings.
Final action voting for the next edition of the International Code Council's (ICC) International Residential Code (IRC) is occurring now. One of the proposals, RB129-16, would eliminate the code's requirement to sprinkler all new dwellings. Although the proposal was rejected by the IRC Code Development Committee in April and by ICC members attending the public comment hearing in October, these actions could be overturned by ICC members during online voting. To ensure that the sprinkler requirement remains in the IRC, it is necessary for ICC voting governmental members to vote against RB129-16 in the online voting process. The voting deadline has now been extended to November 27.
The future of home fire safety in America hinges on winning this vote. Home fire sprinklers represent our best chance of finally eliminating America's home fire problem. Moreover, sprinkler requirements have overwhelming support in states requiring them, according to this new study. We’ve been successful in defending that requirement in the 2009, 2012, and 2015 editions of the IRC. Losing now would set back home fire safety for decades.
For voting information, please see this guide created by the ICC.