After a series of discussions with Patriot Builders, LP and Travis County planners, all new homes in Destiny Hills – Phase II, a development of 26 homes, will include an NFPA 13D fire sprinkler system.
Texas is one of the states passing legislation prohibiting local jurisdictions from adopting home fire sprinkler requirements. It is for this reason that the requirement will be incorporated into the homeowner association’s restrictive covenant. Restrictive covenants are deed restrictions that affect a group of homes or lots in a specific development or subdivision and are included at the inception of the process by the developer/builder.
Patriot Builders, LP is “primarily an Austin based custom home builder and real estate development company…serving the Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park and Lakeway communities.” Their business philosophy, as stated on its website, “is to build your home with integrity while utilizing quality, skilled personnel.” Their commitment to the safety of their home buyers is additionally demonstrated by the inclusion of fire sprinkler systems in all new homes.
“One small step at a time,” said Chief John R. Durham, a home fire sprinkler advocate from Austin, TX. Because of strong opposition to the requirement, similar endeavors may need to start with something short and simple, as found in this particular initiative.
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said; “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” No journey is ever accomplished if it isn’t started. Starting something is by far the most difficult part. Once you get started, one step at a time – even one small step at a time as portrayed in this particular example - will get you to the finish line. Kudos to Chief Durham and all who made this happen.