Incentives for the Use of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Published on March 27, 2012

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Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Incentives for the Use of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems in U.S. Communities"
Author:
 Newport Partners LLC
Date of issue: October 2010
 

Foreword

Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Incentives for the Use of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems in U.S. Communities"
The use of residential fire sprinkler systems in new U.S. homes is becoming increasingly common due to building codes and ordinances, as well as recognition of the life safety benefits which these systems provide. As a mechanism to expand the installation of fire sprinkler systems in homes, the presence of “incentives” in a jurisdiction can potentially have a considerable impact on the building market and the overall cost of a sprinkler system.

To evaluate the nature and impact of incentives, this research identified, characterized, and estimated the approximate value of sprinkler system incentives found in communities across the U.S. In-depth interviews were conducted with 16 communities that each offered one or more incentives to encourage the use of sprinkler systems in new single-family homes. Incentives were categorized as Financial Tradeoffs, On-Site Design Flexibility, and On-Site Design Flexibility, while the beneficiaries of different incentives were the homeowner, builder, or developer. Overall, this research demonstrates that incentives have good potential to increase the use of residential sprinkler systems. The communities included in this study and their collective incentives help to establish a “toolkit” which other jurisdictions can draw from, as they consider strategies to encourage the use of residential sprinklers to improve life safety systems in new homes.

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