Governor Tom Corbett signed H.B. 377 into law Monday, April 25, which eliminates the sprinkler mandate in new one and two family homes.


Governor Tom Corbett signed H.B. 377 into law Monday, April 25, which eliminates the sprinkler mandate in new one and two family homes.
The bill, which was originally introduced by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming County), was recently amended in the Senate and passed 33-17. It then went back to the House for concurrence and passed 129-68.
The amendment to reform the way that construction codes are adopted in PA was sponsored by Senator John Gordner (R) from Bloomsburg, PA. The reformed process will ensure that future adoption of new provisions to the code in PA are approved in a more collaborative and consensus-based way. The provision to adopt sprinklers was part of the International Code Council's recommendations for the 2009 code, but ultimately was only enacted in California and Pennsylvania. With the new process in place, only provisions that have a strong consensus and truly make sense for PA should be adopted into the state code.
In addition to removing the residential sprinkler mandate from new one and two family homes, the law takes proactive steps to improve safety standards by requiring increased fire protection for lightweight floor assemblies, and requiring builders to offer sprinkler systems to buyers at point of sale. To view the legislation, click here.
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"Consumers have been saying that the sprinkler mandate was excessive and infringed on their consumer choice and personal liberties since it became law on January 1" said PBA President Ray Venema. "We are grateful to our state lawmakers that the decision to install sprinklers is now back in the hands of the consumers where it belongs."
PBA serves its membership by providing proactive leadership on state regulatory and legislative issues and by offering products and services to its 38 local associations and chapters that enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of its members. PBA serves Pennsylvania communities and consumers through its steadfast efforts to protect homeownership rights and advocate for affordable housing options. PBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders.