Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pennsylvania residential sprinkler requirement; House Bill 377

Since January 1, 2011, all new houses built in Pennsylvania have been required to contain sprinkler systems. This requirement adds thousands of dollars to the cost of construction. The sprinkler requirement also creates potentially higher insurance costs for homeowners, as sprinklers that activate accidentally can create tremendous water damage within a home.

Pending now before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is House Bill 377. HB 377 would repeal the sprinkler requirement for new homes and would provide consumers with a choice at the time of the construction contract.

HB 377 is currently before the House Labor and Industry Committee and is expected to be reported out of committee shortly. A vote on the bill might occur in the full house as early as next week.
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