In his column in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal, Jeffrey Sargent, details the Alabama Energy and Residential Code Board’s consideration of a proposal to remove the requirement of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) from the state’s Residential Building Code. The proposal, supported by a homebuilders group, would affect new construction of one- and two-family homes. AFCIs were simply too expensive, the homebuilders argued; by their own estimate, AFCI installation in a typical home costs about $300.
In the column, “Sweet Home Alabama,” Sargent, a regional educational code specialist at NFPA, details the fight, what’s at stake, and how opponents of the measure to change the code are rallying against it.
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