In a community that decided to fire sprinkler all of its homes, demonstration underscores the "why"

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jun 19, 2018

In the Canadian town of Calgary, astonishing things are happening. Brookfield Residential, a developer for the town's newest development (called Livingston), has decided to place fire sprinklers in all of the new community's homes. That's 10,000 single-family homes and 5,000 multi-family units protected by this feature. Anticipating the installations, NFPA was in Calgary in 2016 offering free training on NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes to buiilding inspectors and plan examiners. 


More recently, a live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration occurred at Livingston that reaffirmed the developer's decision. According to a news story on the event, there have been more than a dozen major home fires in Calgary within the past month. "Customers who do buy one of these homes will see the value of the homes, especially when they choose to sell it. There's an embedded value there, with this additional, life safety system," Kurt Kadatz, Brookfield's communications manager, told the news station.


Watch the news clip featuring the new Livingston community and burn demonstration. The clip begins at the 4:50 mark.