RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLER REQUIREMENT WILL REMAIN IN 2018 IRC
ICC just released their preliminary online voting results, and Proposal RB129-16, which attempted to remove the residential
sprinkler requirement from the International Residential Code, is shown as DISAPPROVED. Therefore, the requirement to
install fire sprinklers all newly constructed homes will remain in the 2018 edition of the IRC.
We were also successful in gaining approval of two changes that incentivize and support sprinkler requirements, Proposals RB89-16
and ADM36-16. However, we came up short of the required 2/3 majority to overturn committee recommendations on
Proposals RB51-16 (dealing specifically with stacked duplexes), and RB69-16 (dealing with protection of lightweight floor assemblies).
Many thanks to eligible voters who took the time to participate in online voting and to those of you who helped to educate and motivate voter participation.