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Home Builder Reminder about New Sprinkler Law


Now that the Delaware State law has taken effect 1/1/17 for builders to offer residential sprinklers as an option to all new home buyers, what implementation experiences are you facing as a home builder?  We have heard from two builders – one is perplexed and the other has been pricing around and finds the sprinkler costs “significantly higher” than suggested in the brochure prepared by the State Fire Marshal.  Tell us what your experiences are so far, we’re collecting the data.  Email your thoughts to


More importantly…

As you probably recall we distributed an information memo to builders in November.  If you need another copy of it, please let me know.  We also ask that you provide a copy to us of your signed buyer waiver addendums (to, so we can collect and gauge how popular sprinklers are to the public consumers.  This information will be extremely valuable in the coming months, as sprinkler proponents will push to make them mandatory in the next building code iteration.  Sprinklers are not free, they cost money, homes already have smoke detectors, not all areas in the State have central water systems to wells/backup systems/backup generators are needed, and all that costs money. And each $1000 price increase in a home prices out 852 households in 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.


One thought on “Home Builder Reminder about New Sprinkler Law

  1. Blenheim implemented the fire sprinkler addendum on January 1st. To date we have had no issues presenting the addendum and sprinkler booklet to our buyers. We have sold over a dozen homes and the Buyers have had no interest in purchasing the fire sprinkler option. Our retail prices range from $5,000 for townhomes and up to $8,000 for estate homes.

    Posted by Jack Hilaman | February 3, 2017, 1:07 pm

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