The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) has just released its Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment – 5 Year Update. This latest report reveals that the national average cost per sprinklered square foot has decreased to $1.35, down from the $1.61 average in 2008.
In 2008 Newport Partners conducted a study for the FPRF to provide a national perspective on the cost of home fire sprinklers by developing data on system costs as well as cost savings for ten communities, distributed throughout the United States. At that time sprinklers were mandated in some communities, but not others. And, although sprinklers were becoming more common in one- and two-family dwellings, adoption was not widespread.
Sprinkler system application in homes has steadily increased in recent years, driven in large part by building codes, outreach, and education. Two states - California and Maryland - have sprinkler requirements in place for all new one- and two-family dwellings with numerous others in the process of partial or full adoption of the provision.
The goal of the project is to review the current costs of home fire sprinkler systems against the 2008 benchmark study to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost (installation, materials) and total costs, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and other innovations.
- by NFPA's Maria Figueroa