Days after a new law went into effect in Minnesota that requires sprinklers in new homes of a certain size, the opposition has responded.
News reports are filtering in that the Builders Association of the Twin Cities has asked a court to delay implementation, citing exorbitant installation costs. The association's action comes at a time when fires are wreaking havoc in Minnesota; according to an ABC affiliate, there have already been five fire deaths in the state during January.
The battle for sprinklers in new homes has been raging on for years in Minnesota. More recently, fire service officials and safety advocates have publicly backed the decision of the state's Department of Labor and Industry to sprinkler homes larger than 4,500 square feet. The builders association states that the sprinkler requirement will ward off homebuyers, but that goes against a recent survey conducted on behalf of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) that notes the majority of homeowners surveyed said they are more likely to buy a home with fire sprinklers than without them.
Check this blog for updates to this story. In the meantime, use these new tools created by HFSC and NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative to convince builders that sprinklers make sense.