According to TheStar.com, Vaughan, Ontario developer Tony Guglietti, president of Townwood Homes has been including innovative features in an estimated 10,000 homes he has built during the past 40 years; but after he watched his 26 year old house burn to the ground, he decided to install fire sprinkler systems in all of his new projects.
Recently unveiled McKenzie Ridge Terraces will include 136 executive townhomes and six semi-detached single family homes. They are the first production (spec) home project to include fire sprinklers as a standard feature in Ontario. The homebuilder added that the fire sprinklers did not increase the sale price of the homes.
The article quotes Mr. Guglietti: “I was so shocked at what an overwhelming feeling it is to see your home destroyed by fire. I knew right then that I was going to include a sprinkler system in my own new home.” He has also decided to make fire safety history by being the first production home developer to protect his home buyers with fire sprinklers.
A press conference to make the announcement, covered by Global News included a side-by-side live burn demonstration to show the life safety and property protection benefits of home fire sprinklers.
Co-operators Insurance will offer buyers of McKenzie Ridge Terraces a minimum ten-percent discount on their insurance policies because of the fire sprinkler system.