Skip to main content

Builders seek delay in new home fire sprinkler rule

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Minnesota's home builders are still fighting a new law that requires home fire sprinkler systems be installed in all new homes that are 4,500 square feet or larger.

The law went into effect Saturday, but the Builders Association of the Twin Cities challenged the law in the Minnesota Court of Appeals last week, and asked for it to be put on hold for the time being.

The builders association says the new requirement will add up to $10,000 to the cost of building a new home of that size, and will price some potential buyers out of the market.

“Several parts of the new code are placing a cost on homeowners that far exceeds the benefit of the new code," said BATC Past President Shawn Nelson in a statement. "It is safe to say that the new code may create the largest regulatory tax on home buyers in Minnesota history.”

Firefighters in Minnesota have pushed for the new sprinkler requirement, saying it will save lives, KSTP reports.

The station notes that just this month, five people in Minnesota have already died in fires. But over the past 30 years, the number of fire deaths has declined from an average of 100 per year to 40.

Nelson says builders think homeowners should have the option of installing sprinklers if they want, and noted there are other fire safety features that can be installed in homes that are much less expensive.

The debate over the residential sprinkler requirement has been going on for more than a year, and it nearly derailed approval of the state's huge public works construction bill last year.

The building package originally included a measure that would have banned the sprinkler requirement and Gov. Dayton threatened to veto the package until the item was removed.

The Builders Association is also challenging other changes to the state's building code that cover new energy efficiency requirements, which go into effect next month.

Next Up

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.

covid

Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.

FKISmwPWUAYZJW6

Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 27

Cases remain very high but hospitalizations have been plateaued for the past week.

Related