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Compare attic insulation to fire sprinklers:
Insulation is also good for society, saves energy, saves money in the long run.
And like sprinklers it is easier, cheaper to install during the original construction.
But the direct benefit is to the owner, not the builder, so the builder has a tendency to put in less. Only when California adopted a law, Title 24, which made a certain amount mandatory did builders of spec homes install it up front.
James Art, Fire Protection Engineer, Livermore, Ca.

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