Home fire sprinkler costs a hot topic at NFPA conference

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jun 13, 2014

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Residential sprinkler panel: (from left) Tony Fleming, Metro Fire Protection; Paul Emrath, National Association of Home Builders; Tonya Hoover, California State Fire Marshal; Liza Bowles, Newport Partners

During a well attended education session at NFPA's Conference & Expo, a panel of experts discussed the evolution of sprinkler costs highlighted in two groundbreaking reports from NFPA.


Leading the discussion was Liza Bowles with Newport Partners, which conducted the sprinkler research on behalf of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. Numerous comparisons were made between Newport's 2008 cost study and its latest released in 2013. For the latter, researchers sampled a larger pool of homes and communities where sprinkler ordinances are in place. "Since the first study, California and Maryland enacted a statewide ordinance, so we wanted to see how costs may have changed," said Bowles, president of Newport Partners.

One of the more important findings was the average of a sprinklered square foot, down from $1.81 in the 2008 study to $1.35 in the 2013 study. Maryland and California, noted Bowles, have experienced significantly lower costs since its mandates were put into effect.


What did other panel members have to say about sprinkler costs? Find out by reading the post on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.</p>