ALL ICC MEMBERS: VOTE NOW TO DEFEND HOME FIRE SPRINKLERS. VOTING DEADLINE – MAY 26, 2016. The requirement for all new homes to have home fire sprinklers has been included in the International Residential Code (IRC) for the past three editions, and because of this requirement, over 100,000 families now live in sprinklered homes. Housing markets in these areas are thriving. Nevertheless, sprinkler opponents have repeatedly tried to eliminate the sprinkler requirement from the IRC in every code cycle since initial adoption in 2009.
Once again, with the 2018 edition code cycle underway, the IRC is under attack, with five proposals seeking to diminish or eliminate the home fire sprinklers. We are fortunate that all five proposals were rejected by the IRC Committee at the April 2016 public hearing. However, an “Assembly Motion” was made for Proposal RB129-16, which requires a supplemental vote by ICC members, and we need your help to oppose/defeat the assembly motion. To protect the public and firefighters, we must fight once more to support sprinklers, and with ICC’s latest rules, you can now vote online without having to attend the code hearings in person.