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Sprinkler System Required in a New Texas House? WHAT????

DId you know that we have a new International Residential Code (minimum standard for the building code followed in Texas) is going to require fire sprinklers in single and two family homes and townhomes for homes built after January 1, 2011? 

When I first read this I thought they were referring to the sprinkler systems in the yard – NO WAY! This is talking about the INTERIOR of homes! 

What did the National Association of Homebuilders (NAH) think? They were not in favor of the mandate. NAH said the additional cost and maintenance was not justified. Habitat for Humanity agreed! It is too costly!

The National Fire Protection Association sponsored a study and reported this will increase costs from $.38 to $3.66 per square foot – averaging out at $1.61 per square foot increase.  There may be some insurance discounts but not enough to cover the expense –

About the only good thing is that it is not retroactive!

Susan Hilton

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