California Sprinkler Law for Fire Prevention – Article by By MorrillJ, eHow Contributor
In 2010, the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) voted to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), which states that all one- and two-family homes and townhouses built after January 1, 2011, must be equipped with fire sprinkler systems.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems could save thousands of lives, prevent injuries and eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in property losses. Additional advantages to homeowners could also include assurance of a safer environment for their families, protection of their investment and irreplaceable family possessions, and 5 to 15 percent lower insurance rates.
The Fire Administration estimated in 2010 that the cost of a home sprinkler system would be about $1 to $1.50 per square foot in new construction. According to a spokesperson from the California Building Industry Association, the potential increase in costs to home builders is expected to be about $5,000 to $6,000 per home.
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