Residential Sprinklers

by mobrian on September 22, 2008

This weekend 20 representatives from Michigan were involved in the code hearings for the 2009 proposed ICC codes.  The big vote RB 64 which would require residential sprinklers in all one and two family dwellings (after adoption of the IRC by the State and January 1, 2011) and townhouses in accordance with the IRC passed.  The IRC is the base document for the Michigan Residential Code and currently Michigan utilizes the 2006 edition.

This is a great move to help with the fire problem in Michigan and we have a lot of work to do.  This does not make it enforceable in the State.  Over the next year many of the fire service groups and interested parties will be working together to propose this code requirement in the State of Michigan.

In order to get this into the code in Michigan, every fire fighter and inspector will need  to understand these systems and support the action.  It was obvious to those in attendance that there is a lot of opposition (as many testified against)in Michigan from building inspectors, Michigan Association of Home Builders, and some select elected officials.  So it is time to make sure we become experts in residential sprinklers and make sure our communities understand what these systems are.

We are going to put together a comprehensive plan (education, training, advocacy, building partnerships, etc) to get this going in Michigan.  So thank-you for your continued support and thank-you for making sure the Great State of Michigan was well represented.

Representatives from Michigan Include:

Brighton Area Fire Authority
Burton Fire
Hartland Area Fire Authority
Kentwood Fire Department
Howell Fire Department
Novi Fire Department
Independence Township Fire Department
Soaring Eagle, Chippewa
Cold Water Fire Department
Taylor Fire Department
Kalamazoo Township Fire Department
Norton Shores Fire Department
(NFSA Jeff Hugo from Essexville)

If you would like additional informaiton on Residential sprinklers, check out the following links

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