With 20 years of experience in residential construction and land development, Eric Gleason showcased how home fire sprinklers can be beneficial to a homebuilder's bottom line. Some examples highlighted during his presentation at NFPA's recent Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Phoenix included an increase in the number of developed lots, reduced street widths, and increased distance between hydrants if sprinklers are present.
While opposition groups view sprinklers as yet another expense, Gleason said the same was said for other items that are now commonplace in homes, including double-pane windows, interconnected smoke alarms, and copper wiring.
Gleason, now a regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, pointed to articles penned by the National Association of Home Builders highlighting double-digit gains in the housing industry. "If they're saying they can't afford [sprinkler installation], it's not true."
Review this list of "trade ups" for home fire sprinklers, including some examples of communities across America offering incentives for home fire sprinklers.