Several proposals that would have provided exemptions to the fire sprinkler requirement in the International Residential Code (IRC) were withdrawn by the proponents during the recent committee action hearings in Dallas, Texas.
“The effect (of the proposals) was to eliminate the mandate by allowing sprinklers to be optional vs. other features. In one case, the proposals would have allowed a fire extinguisher or sprinklers...,” said Jeff Shapiro of the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition. According to Shapiro the proposals would have provided an "easy out" for builders to exclude fire sprinklers from new home construction.
Because they were withdrawn, the proposals will no longer be considered at the IRC final hearings in Atlantic City, NJ. The fire sprinkler requirement for one- and two-family homes and townhomes will remain intact in the 2015 IRC.