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At the ICC Board meeting today, the decision of the appeal board to NOT overturn the sprinkler code change was upheld by the ICC Board of Directors. The decision on CO detectors so the original decisions stand and the appeal was denied.

posted by Jack J. Murphy
12/19/2008 11:57:00 AM

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Blogger Reskudawg said...

A local building code official brought up an interesting problem concerning residential fire sprinklers. What about those homes that are on a well system for drinking water. We have quite a few homes in the area that are in that situation. According to several installation contractors, well water systems just do not have high enough water pressure to insure a reliable flow to the farthest sprinkler head. I am a strong proponent for residential fire sprinklers and will be retrofitting them to the house that we just moved into early next year but, I'm concerned how to ensure that the citizens are protected to the fullest extent possible. We are on city water so that pressure isn't an issue.

Tue Dec 23, 07:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Maria Figueroa said...

The example you have cited is covered in NFPA 13D; "a well with a pump of sufficient capacity and pressure to meet the sprinkler system demand" is considered an acceptable water supply for the residential sprinkler system. This will increase the price of the system. Some communities have opted to exempt homes on well water from the requirement. This may not be a good idea as these homes may be found outside of the urban development boundary, and further away from the nearest suppression unit response. I hope this answers your question.

Fri Dec 26, 08:26:00 PM EST  

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