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08/16/2013

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I don't know about the rest of the country But in Chicago-land this would not pass code by any means!

The clock to litigation is ticking and no one is listening
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At the risk of inviting great wrath, I have to put in my 2 cents. I think far too much reliance is being placed on sprinkler systems, rather than on passive construction techniques. Fire ratings are being reduced in buildings, buildings can be increased in height and floor area, etc. if there is a sprinkler system. In the past, what would have required a masonry fire wall can now be wood studs if there is s sprinkler system. What if the system fails? In the case shown, what about simply requiring all stairways to have a minimum fire rating?

It is important to note that all new homes are built with many lightweight components, not just stairs. Since Jan. 1, 2011, when the requirement was included in all model codes, any home built without fire sprinklers is below minimum code standard. This includes homes built in communities in Chicago-land; although this area leads the nation (outside of CA and MD)requiring sprinklers in new home construction

Mr. Frederickson,
Fire sprinkler failure rates are rare, and when it happens, it is mostly due to the system being shut off, or being shut off too soon. Lightweight/pre-engineered wood construction is here to stay because it is economical and has many benefits, except when exposed to fire. Even if we were to go back to masonry and wood studs, it is the contents in the structure that provide the fuel for fires. Especially in homes, modern contents burn faster, hotter and contributes to the fact that today's home fires are more deadly.

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