On December 11th the New Hampshire State Code Review Board voted to adopt the International Residential Code - 2009 edition including automatic fire sprinkler systems in one- and two- family dwellings effective April 1st, 2012. With this action NH becomes the second state to adopt the requirements, albeit, with a delayed implementation date.
Tim Travers, NFSA Regional Manager informs that the N.H. Home Builders Association vehemently opposed the adoption while there was widespread support from the NH Association of Fire Chiefs, the Board of Architects, Board of Engineers, NH Building Officials Association, Board for the Licensing and Regulations of Plumbers, and the NH Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association.
According to Travers: 'the adoption is but one step in the process as several pieces of legislation have been filed for 2010 to prohibit the state building code, or any local amendment, from including a mandatory fire sprinkler system. This will severely impact "home rule", which is sacred in NH and the NH fire service has vowed to prevent its passage.'