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New Residential Sprinkler Requirement

Tuesday February 9, 2016

Attention Homebuilder Members:

In this morning’s Wilmington News Journal there is a Letter to Editor regarding new requirements surrounding residential fire sprinklers in Delaware. We are sending this eblast to make sure you know we are aware of the requirement and will keep you posted before the provisions embodied in the law takes effect.

This law, to mandate that builders offer residential sprinklers as an option to new home buyers, was enacted last summer (2015) by the Delaware General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Markell. (There are other details regarding the mandate that you should be aware of. Use the link below to review the requirements which are detailed in the sprinkler legislation HB 133.)

As we reported to all members last summer, builders will be required by this law to price and provide the option, and install the sprinklers if the buyer chooses and pays for the sprinklers. As a prerequisite to the law taking effect, the State Fire Marshal is required to prepare a consumer booklet detailing sprinklers before the law takes effect.

We met with the Fire Marshal last Fall and spoke with him again last week. The booklet preparation is underway and we expect to hear more soon.

We will keep you apprised as documents and further information become available.

A copy of the final sprinkler option legislation which lists the specific requirements (HB 133) can be found here:

Click here for (HB 133)

For reference, a copy of today’s News Journal Letter to the Editor can be found here:

Click here for Letter to the Editor

If you have any questions, please email me at


Howard Fortunato
Home Builders Association of Delaware

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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