Developers need to know that installing fire sprinklers in their new homes can be a financial win. Serious dollars can be saved via reducing construction and infrastructure costs if sprinklers are included in new homes. If you're lacking the tools or strategy to pitch these incentives to your local developers or decision makers, new resources can help.
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has developed a new package underscoring nine steps for promoting home fire sprinkler incentives. In turn, these incentives and increased fire protection play a vital role in addressing community risk reduction. Communities with or without a requirement to fire sprinkler new homes will benefit from this approach. The new site includes resources, videos, and tactics for promoting fire sprinkler incentives during each step of the process. In a nutshell, here are the nine steps:
1. Understand NFPA 13D. Helping developers and decision makers learn the facts about NFPA's residential sprinkler standard will help combat popular myths on this technology.
2. Identify home fire sprinkler incentives. Discuss the financial savings reaped by developers if they sprinkler their homes (less hydrants, more homes permitted to be built, etc.)
3. Explain how incentives benefit developers and communities. A developer, for example, that embraced sprinkler incentives saved $1 million.
4. Discuss how home fire sprinklers are tied to community risk reduction. Each new home built without sprinklers makes the community less safe for all. By protecting new housing stock, existing resources can be directed at high-risk populations and existing unsprinklered structures.
5. Understand your new housing forecast, and get involved. You need to be in contact with a developer as they are designing their project. Additionally, get to know your city planner.
6. Identify your stakeholders. Know and reach out to your local officials, water purveyors, and anyone else with a stake in new home construction.
7. Understand the incentives that will work in your community. One size will not fit all. Before offering any particular incentive you need to develop an understanding of local preferences and politics.
8. Use HFSC's free resources during your pitch. There's a PowerPoint presentation, videos, and other tools.
9. Agree on an incentive offer. There's guidance on the pre-application meeting, preliminary plan, and final plan.
Visit the HFSC's website and learn how to follow these nine steps when promoting home fire spinklers to developers and your community.