Michigan removes fire sprinkler requirement from building code
Published: Saturday, November 20, 2010
The state’s revised building code will be free of a mandate that new homes have fire sprinklers. Fire safety groups lobbied to include the requirement during the state’s regular three-year review of the code, but home builders and affordable housing advocates opposed it.
The state Building and Code Committee recommended removing the mandate from the code of the International Code Council, which Michigan and 45 other states use as a basis to set construction codes.
The final stage of the review wrapped up this month when the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules accepted the code without objection. The code takes effect in March.