State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis, facing stiff opposition from policymakers and state residents, withdrew an effort to get a joint legislative panel to approve rules that would mandate the installation of fire sprinklers in new homes and older high-rise residential buildings.
Said Matkaitis in the article:
In the course of this process, it’s become clear that any proposed state rule needs additional refinement.
The Life Safety Code changes were filed with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). While a JCAR hearing date had not been set, the fire marshal had planned his own public hearing in Springfield on Aug. 6. The fire marshal’s hearing has now been cancelled.
If passed, the change would have:
- Forced all new homes to have the sprinkler systems, a measure that could have added $10,000 or more to the cost of a home. The change would have been particularly expensive for those in rural areas where water pressure guidelines might have required the drilling of additional wells.
- Required all pre-1975 high-rise residential buildings to be retrofitted with sprinkler systems. The move would have cost millions per building in many cases, and would have forced rents and condo assessments to increase significantly.