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Sprinkler Mandate Repeal Now Law, Causer Says

Measure also ends automatic adoption of international building code changes


Legislation to repeal a mandate that would have required the installation of sprinklers in all new single-family home construction has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today.


“This mandate was another example of government overreaching its bounds,” Causer said. “The decision about whether or not to have sprinklers installed in a home should be made by the homeowner, not some bureaucrat.”


Installing a sprinkler system could add anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 to the cost of new home construction. The cost tends to be higher in rural areas where people rely on well water and additional work would have to be done to ensure adequate water pressure to support the sprinkler system, Causer said.


The sprinkler mandate became part of the state’s Uniform Construction Code in January when it was adopted by the International Codes Council (ICC) family of codes. Under House Bill 377, any future updates made to these codes will not automatically become part of the state’s building code. Instead, the new law requires a two-thirds vote by the 19-member Review and Advisory Commission (RAC) to accept any future updates of the ICC codes.


“Because of the uncertainty surrounding the sprinkler mandate, new home construction has slowed down across the state over the last four months,” Causer said. “By being proactive in reviewing the proposed changes to the ICC to determine if they are appropriate for Pennsylvania, we can prevent these types of problems in the future.”


The law takes effect immediately, and the mandate repeal is retroactive to Jan. 1.


State Representative Martin Causer

67th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Patricia Hippler


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