ICC adds residential sprinkler requirements to appendix

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, October 20, 2005

PATTERSON, New York--The National Fire Sprinkler Association said "history was made" at the 2005 International Code Council Final Action Hearing in Detroit on Oct. 4, when the ICC voting membership placed fire sprinkler systems in all new one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses by adding the requirement in the Appendix of the International Residential Code.
To make this code change, voting members had to overturn a decision from the IRC committee, who previously denied the code change.
In order to enforce this code, a local jurisdiction must adopt the new appendix requirements. The new appendix will be included in the 2006 edition of the IRC.
John Viniello, president of the NFSA thanked the groups and individuals who've worked for years on the residential sprinkler requirement and predicted that residential sprinklers will soon be required everywhere.