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IRC fire sprinkler requirement survives NAHB objection

from Custom Home Online

During the International Code Council's (ICC) Code Development Hearings in Baltimore last month, the ICC's Residential Building and Energy Committee voted to retain a new mandate for residential fire sprinklers that was approved for the 2009 and 2012 versions of the International Residential Code (IRC) in September 2008. The vote shot down a proposal by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to strike the fire sprinkler mandate from the IRC. The mandate, which will require fire sprinklers to be installed in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses, is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2011, unless it is rejected in a final vote during the ICC's conference in May 2010. more

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