New Jersey Decides Not to Require Sprinklers in Residential Homes

Recently the NJ Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) made the decision not to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), which includes a requirement that one- and two-family dwellings be protected by sprinkler systems. The NJDCA cites the current poor economic climate as a major factor in their decision. A letter from the department’s Commissioner, Lori Grifa, states: “The imposition of an additional cost that might impede the recovery of the residential construction sector, however desirable the result might be, is a step that cannot be taken at this time.” The letter goes on to say that the Department will reevaluate the decision when the economy recovers. This decision was made based on input from groups for and against the proposed requirement at several “town hall” meetings held throughout the state.