Resources

  IRC Text Related to Residential Fire Sprinklers
  Click Here to view the IRC code text requiring residential fire sprinklers in new homes.
  Original 2008 Code Change Proposals (See "Videos" below for testimony) 

Summary:
 Click Here to download Summary 2007-08 ICC Residential Spklr. Proposals.

Public Comments:
 Click Here to download Comment RB64-07/08 (dwellings).
 Click Here to download Comment RB66-07/08 (townhouses).
 Click Here to download Comment RP3-07/08 (prescriptive design).

Proposals:
 Click Here to download Proposal RB64-07/08.

 

  Articles & Books
Click Here to download Information Bulletin on Federal "No Lead" Regulations and NSF 61
      Requirements for Residential Fire Sprinklers
, by Julius Ballanco

Click Here to download Alpha to Omega, by Ronny J. Coleman, the history of
      residential fire sprinklers, (out-of-print, but now available in electronic format).

Click Here to download Residential Sprinkler Design Made Easy by Marshall
      Klein and Julius Ballanco, reprinted from September 2008 Plumbing Systems
      and Design
Magazine.

Click Here to download The Time Has Come to Win the Sprinkler Battle by
      Chief Ron Coleman, reprinted from March 2008 Fire Chief Magazine.
 Click Here
to download three articles on residential sprinklers:
          A Paradigm Shift The: Future of Residential Sprinklers
            by Azarang (Ozzie) Mirkhah, P.E., EFO, CBO
          Piping a Residential Sprinkler System
            by Julius Ballanco, P.E.
          One Sentence to Change the Course of Fire Safety in America
            by Jeffrey M. Shapiro, P.E., FSFPE

 

  Presentations
 Click Here to download our residential sprinkler seminar handout.

 

 Click Here to download PowerPoint presentation for public and Realtor
     education programs (no instructor guide - intended for use by qualified
     trainers who can supplement presentation with personal knowledge).
(80 MB)

 

  Press Releases
 ICC Board of Directors Unanimously Upholds Residential
      Sprinkler Requirements - 2009 International Residential Code Requires
      Fire Sprinklers
.

 

  Reports & Coalition Documents

Click Here to download Prince George's County, Maryland 15-year Experience Report on
       their residential fire sprinkler ordinance.

Click Here to download a report on Performance of Composite Wood Joists Under Fire
       Conditions, and the performance of fire sprinklers in protecting this type of construction.

Click Here to download a report on Integration of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems with
       Public Water Distribution Systems.

Click Here to download a Comparative Analysis of Housing Cost & Supply Impacts of
      
Sprinkler Ordinances.

Click Here to download the Insurance Services Office position paper on residential fire
       sprinkler systems.

Click Here to download National Fire Protection Research Foundation's 2008
       report on costs associated with installation of residential fire sprinkler systems.

Click Here to download U.S. Fire Administration's October 2008 report on
       residential structure and building fires.

Click Here to download National Institute of Standards and Technology report providing
       a cost-benefit analysis for home fire sprinkler
s.

Click Here to download a Talking Points and Discussion Guide regarding the
       IRC requirement for residential fire sprinklers and the Minneapolis hearing

Click Here to download the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition's response to NAHB's
       appeal seeking to overturn the IRC fire sprinkler requirements.

Click Here to download the Scottsdale Report documenting Scottsdale, AZ's first
       10 years of experience
with residential fire sprinklers.

Click Hereto download the Reese-Carr Report documenting the net cost of
       home fire sprinklers in Scottsdale, AZ after infrastructure incentives are applied.

 

  Resolution Supporting Residential Fire Sprinklers  
 Right Click Here to download Model Resolution Supporting Residential Spklrs.
     
(Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

 

  Tools
 RIght Click Here to download a simple Excel spreadsheet that is useful in
      performing hydraulic calculations associated with residential fire sprinkler
      systems
.
      (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

 

  Videos 

Marble Mountain Demonstration Burn
      
Courtesy Orange County, CA Fire Authority.  Includes a side-by-side
       comparison of fires with/without sprinklers.
       
Right Click Here (WMV - 34MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

Living With Sprinklers, Courtesy of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (www.homefiresprinkler.org)
       Learn why sprinklers are important, how they work and how to maintain a home fire
       sprinkler system.  Click Here (WMV - 23MB) to view or right click to download the video.
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

Fresno Sprinkler Public Service Announcement, Courtesy Fresno (CA) Fire
       Department.  A humorous approach to putting a firefighter in every home 24/7.
       Click Here to view online and access a link to download the video.

Homeowner's Guide to Residential Sprinklers, Courtesy Oak Hill & Westlake (TX) Fire
       Departments.  A review of the need for and benefits of residential fire sprinklers.
       Click Here to download the video (WMV - 68MB).

ICC Minneapolis Hearing Testimony

       RB64 Right Click Here - IRC proposal submitted by the IRC Fire Sprinkler
       Coalition to provide residential sprinklers in all new one- and two-family
       dwellings and townhouses with no new incentives. Proposal mandates
       sprinklers for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses with an effective
       date of 1/1/2011.
(WMV - 136MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

ICC Palm Springs Hearing Testimony  Code Proposals are listed below by the
       order of the Public Testimony at the Hearings on 2/25/08

       RB67 Right Click Here - IRC proposal submitted by IAFC to provide
       residential sprinkler incentives.  Does not mandate sprinklers.
(WMV - 115MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

       RB66 Right Click Here - IRC proposal submitted by Avalon Bay
       Communities to provide residential sprinkler incentives for townhouses.  
       Mandates sprinklers for townhouses. (
WMV- 30MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

       RB65 Right Click Here - IRC proposal submitted by City of Lenexa, KS, to
       require residential sprinklers in new townhouses with no new incentives.
      
(WMV - 66MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

       RB62/63 Right Click Here - IRC proposals submitted by NASFM (RB62)
       and ASPE (RB63) to provide residential sprinkler in all new one- and two-
       family dwellings and townhouses with no new incentives. Proposal would
       mandate sprinklers for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses.
      
(WMV - 60MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

       RB64 Right Click Here - IRC proposal submitted by the IRC Fire Sprinkler
       Coalition to provide residential sprinklers in all new one- and two-family
       dwellings and townhouses with no new incentives. Proposal would mandate
       sprinklers for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses with an effective
       date of 1/1/2011.
(WMV - 34MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

       RB69 Right Click Here - IRC proposal submitted by NAHB to provide
       residential sprinkler incentives in IRC Appendix P.  Proposal does not mandate
       sprinklers in the body of the IRC.
(WMV - 37MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

       RB70 Right Click Here - IRC proposal submitted by NAHB to provide
       residential sprinkler incentives in IRC Appendix P.  Proposal does not mandate
       sprinklers in the body of the IRC.
(WMV - 9MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)

ICC Rochester 2007 Hearing Testimony 

       RB114-06/07 Click Here to view online. IRC proposal submitted by IRC Fire
       Sprinkler Coalition to require sprinklers in all new homes.
(WMV - 137MB)
       (Right click and choose "Save Target/Link As" to save to your hard drive)