Study: Sprinkler mandates don't affect new home construction

The National Fire Protection Association shot down an argument by the National Home Builders Association yesterday, with the release of a study that shows that residential sprinkler mandates do not negatively affect the number of homes being built. Here's the press release. The homebuilder/sprinkler rivalry is nothing new. For many years, the national and local home builders associations have actively opposed sprinkler mandates on the grounds that they're too expensive and/or will have other negative effects on the real estate market and homeowners. The NFPA has been working more closely with sprinkler advocates of late to promote the adoption of residential sprinkler mandates at the state and local level. In January they launched the Fire Sprinkler Iniitative. Click here for more information on that effort.