The issue of cost has long deterred many homeowners from considering a residential fire sprinkler system to protect their new homes. An article on Explorernews.com, a weekly newspaper serving Tucson, AZ, reminds its readers of a study that shows the price of residential fire sprinkler systems has actually dropped significantly in recent years.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation report compared current home fire sprinkler system costs against its 2008 study to gain a better understanding of how increasingly widespread adoption of sprinkler ordinances impacts system cost. In the new report, the average cost for sprinklers in new homes is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot. In the 2008 report, the average cost per sprinklered square foot was $1.61.
Tucson, incedentally, is home to the newest VISION House®, the latest in Green Builder® Media's series of sustainable homes being built around the country. Among the home's many features: home fire sprinklers, which have been proven to reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment if a fire does occur.