Fire chiefs want sprinklers in all new single-family homes

The construction industry balks at the expense of the safety requirement

By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2011

 

BRYANT FUKUTOMI / BFUKUTOMI@STARADVERTISER.COM

Protecting single-family homes with fire-protection sprinklers makes good sense when it comes to safety, but is it worth the cost?

That’s the question local government and building industry officials are wrestling with in an initiative to require sprinkler systems in all new single-family homes and duplexes built in Hawaii.

A state panel responsible for updating building codes in Hawaii is considering adopting the regulation, which would make homes safer but could add $5,000 to $6,000 to the cost of a 1,000-square-foot house.

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