residential fire sprinkler

ICC Board Denies Home Fire Sprinkler Appeal

The International Code Council took final action Friday on the recent addition of residential fire sprinkler requirements to its 2009 International Residential Code, with the full ICC board of directors denying an appeal filed by the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB claimed there were procedural irregularities in the vote in Minneapolis last September that approved the requirement, but the ICC Appeals Board unanimously rejected the appeal Dec. 11 after a public hearing in Rosemont, Ill. The Appeals Board also sent a recommendation to the full board to reject the appeal, and the full board agreed.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs and other members of the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition celebrated the Dec. 11 victory. NAHB said in its appeal that firefighters should not have been allowed to vote, although the ICC had credentialed them as voting members. The coalition was founded in 2007 and includes more than 100 organizations that promote the use of residential fire sprinklers.

"The requirements will enhance the safety of Americans faced with residential fires," Alan W. Perdue, international director of the IAFC's Fire & Life Safety Section, said prior to Friday's decision. The requirements are contained in Proposals RB64 and RB66; they will require fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses. Forty-eight states plus the District of Columbia adhere to the International Residential Code in guiding new home construction.

Download Center

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2021

    November December 2021

    Featuring:

    • GAS DETECTION
      How to Streamline Gas Detector Maintenance
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2021
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      How PPE Can Help You Deal with the Harsh Condition of Winter
    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Tackling Hearing Protection in the Workplace
    View This Issue