Pennsylvania builders unhappy with state-imposed sprinkler mandate


Caroline May
The Daily Caller
January 11, 2011

While many Pennsylvanians celebrated the arrival of 2011 on New Year’s Eve, home builders in the state likely did not blow their bugles and pop their poppers with quite as much exuberance. That is because this year marks the beginning of a new government mandate in Pennsylvania requiring that all new one- and two-family homes have an automatic fire sprinkler system — a feature that costs thousands of dollars.

Home builders say they have no problem installing sprinklers, but that the decision should be left up to the consumer, and with the economy struggling and business down, the added cost will be exceptionally burdensome.

“It is a private property issue, it should be the consumer’s choice, not a government mandate,” Pennsylvania Builders Association spokeswoman, Melissa Etshied, told The Daily Caller

Advocates for the mandate argue it is a safety issue.

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