I have a township building inspector requiring me to put in a sprinkler system into my house that we are rebuilding and it is a single family residential on a 2.5 acre lot. Why would I need this?!
Sometimes on rebuild, not sure what you mean by that, the amount of work or dollar amount kicks in requirements to meet present codes.
With that said ask the nice inspector for copies of the code sections or code section numbers,,
So you can see how the sections read
Is the inspector/ city applying them correctly
if you get them and want to post here, might be some interesting reading
Pennsylvania has been a leader in this effort, becoming one of the first states to adopt the 2009 IRC, which includes the residential fire sprinkler requirements that will take effect January 1, 2011. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) have made several attempts to block the sprinkler requirement. When voted on by the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Review and Advisory Council the sprinkler requirements were upheld. Further legislative attempts by NAHB and PBA have been denied. The latest attempt is PBA’s filing of an application for summary relief which will be heard during a June session. Despite these attempts, the 2009 IRC is in effect today in Pennsylvania and the residential fire sprinkler requirement is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011.
By Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements in Pennsylvania – Residential Fire Sprinklers
Many cities have specific ordinances or laws which state that if a building is damaged, it must be rebuilt to meet certain specifications or construction codes. Since the new PA construction code now requires a sprinkler system be installed for all newly built homes, any older homes that are rebuilt would also have to conform to the new sprinkler code. For example, if your 2000
square foot home built in 1995 burned in a fire and it needed to be rebuilt, you would be required to install a sprinkler system.
By The New PA Sprinkler Law That Impacts All Homeowners - Baron Insurance Group
I built a new home in PA in 2017 and my Township had NO requirements for residential sprinklers. However as a retired fire chief and living in an ISO class 10 (>5 miles from a fire station) I opted to put in a system. My builder had no understanding of residential sprinklers although he now sees their value. I had to bring in a contractor from nearby MD where residential sprinklers are required statewide. They are absolutely not in PA and it's up to the AHJ. There are over 2000 separate municipal entities in the Commonwealth of PA so there are many options/exceptions to the code mandates. I built a 6000 sq. ft. dwelling and provided complete coverage including water storage tank and a pump ( on a well) and it was only $7200.00 or about $1.20sq/ft. My insurance is lower than my previous home which was in an ISO Class 3 fire protection district with a hydrant <500'. I have used my story as a testimony for others in my area and hopefully the local AHJs will see the value in this> The mostly volunteer fire services are becoming more challenged with resources and staffing and with UL/NIST studies showing flashover occurrence in < four minutes residential sprinklers should not be an option. I highly recommend spending less than what an appliance upgrade costs in the interest of life safety!
Michael W. Robinson Sr., MA, CFO, MIFireE
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