Homebuilders Association "Pleased"
DESPITE EXTENSIVE EDUCATION AND LOBBYING by the Calgary, Alberta, Fire Chief Bruce Burrell and others, the Calgary city council's special committee decided to drop the proposed legislation that would mandate sprinklers in new, single-family homes.
Calgary City Council (CBC)
The Calgary Herald reports:
The decision was made following meetings between the housebuilding industry and a city council committee.
Carol Oxtoby, president of the Canadian Home Builders' Association-Calgary Region, was pleased with the decision. The industry supports customer choice and encourages its builders to offer sprinklers as an option," she says. "It also believes the new Alberta Building Code has increased protection against the spread of fire and it would be premature to layer another set of fire protection measures – in this case, in the form of sprinklers – while we are still evaluating the additional protection offered by these changes over the past two years.
"But if a homeowner is not comfortable, they have the choice to improve that by installing sprinkler systems."
The meek city council then announced that their recommendation is to continue to educate homeowners on the benefits of fire sprinklers while allowing them to make a choice. Whereupon Firegeezer exclaimed, "They don't HAVE a choice, you dunderheads. Who buys their house before it is built?"
Read the announcement in the Calgary Herald HERE.
Thanks to Mark D.
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