The 2015 International Residential Code requires that all new one- and two-family homes require the installation of an automatic sprinkler system. Several jurisdictions across the country have adopted this code, including Maryland. As a result, it would be beneficial for builders to learn more about these systems in order to budget and plan appropriately for their future projects.
The residential fire sprinkler standard
Installation of fire sprinklers is in accordance with the NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. This standard ensures that a home sprinkler system will be provided to homeowners that will offer a high level of safety to their family and property, while also being affordable. It states that the sprinkler system should be designed to protect against a fire originating from one location. Under NFPA 13D, there is a water flow requirement that can be achieved by two methods. Most commonly, home fire sprinklers use the water main of the property for their water supply. However, if the water pressure is too low using this method, a tank can supply the system.
Sprinkler piping installation
Modern sprinkler piping is unobtrusive to the home and can be recessed into ceilings and walls, and some can be completely concealed with the use of plates. The installation of this piping will be unique to every home and will follow the hydraulic design for each individual structure.
What are the benefits for builders?
Builders and developers are presented with many incentives when it comes to the installation of residential fire sprinklers. These include:
- More residential units
- Longer dead ends
- Increased hydrant spacing
- A reduced street width
The most important benefit however, is that home fire-sprinkler trade-ups save builders money. They can achieve reduced construction costs while providing higher value homes for their customers.
Fire Tech Residential Sprinkler, LLC specializes in residential fire sprinkler systems for single family homes, townhomes, apartments and condominiums in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. We work closely with builders and developers to provide reliable products and efficient installation to fit the needs of your customers. Contact us today to learn more about our services!