The community of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, has been requiring home fire sprinklers since 2000. Since then, custom homebuilder Bill McNaughton has equipped new homes in this town with sprinklers, and is understanding that installation costs aren't as exorbitant as sprinkler opponents make them out to be.
"The installation cost is not significant when factored into a mortgage, and the system results in reduced insurance premiums as well," says McNaughton, who is so supportive of sprinklers that he decided to sprinkler his family's home, per a news story crafted by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB). "The peace of mind of having fire sprinklers outweighs the costs of the installation." (NFPA has placed the average cost per sprinklered square foot at $1.35.)
McNaughton also emphasized the importance of sprinkler education for both consumers and homebuilders as well as disseminating accurate information on sprinkler cost. "It's important that the consumer is getting the actual facts and completely accurate information, especially in regard to cost." Read NIFSAB's story for more details about McNaughton and his sprinklered home.
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has an array of free tools aimed at convincing homebuilders that sprinklers are good for business. NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site includes testimonials of pro-sprinkler homebuilders who have affordably included sprinklers in new construction. Spread the word.