Today’s post was written by guest contributor, Peg Paul, Communications Manager at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition:
Home fire sprinklers are a proven, long-term solution to the home fire problem. But the fire service often faces many challenges when working to protect new housing stock. In jurisdictions that do not have codes that require fire sprinklers in new construction, the fire service is taking a different path to improve community risk reduction. Fire departments from Washington State to New England are using home fire sprinkler incentives (sometimes called trade-ups) as valuable motivation to install NFPA 13D systems in new-home developments.
Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) are finding that developers and big builders who balk at sprinkler code discussions are all ears when offered financial benefits in exchange for installation. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has published a series of case studies on its website that summarize these successful AHJ-led efforts. The incentives are wide ranging, from bottom-line benefits like increased hydrant spacing, allowing higher density resulting in additional units, to infrastructure cost-savings, such as allowing reduced street width.
AHJs successfully negotiated with a developer in Camas, Washington.
Read their stories to learn how these AHJs found common ground with local builders and how you might do the same through your coalition.
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