The Residential Fire Sprinkler Mandate
The International Code Council (ICC), the leading building code body in the U.S., passed a building code requirement to include residential fire sprinklers in new homes during a code hearing in Minneapolis on Sept. 21, 2008.
Now, all model building codes require installation of fire sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13D Standard or Section P2904 of the International Residential Code (IRC).
Implications of the ICC Vote
The code proposal, RB64, was passed by the ICC with 73% of members in favor. As a result, the following phrase is included in the 2009 International Builders Code: “Effective January 1, 2011, an approved automatic fire sprinkler system shall be installed in new one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses in accordance with NFPA 13D”.
The ruling encouraged many jurisdictions around the country to quickly join the cities, counties and communities who had already proactively adopted fire sprinklers as part of their residential building codes.