Thursday, April 14, 2011


Who says the your elected officials never listen to you after you vote for them?  Every new home builder and modular factory in PA is smiling this morning after the PA legislature voted to repeal the sprinkler law that went into effect January 1, 2010 that required all single family and two family homes to have sprinklers.

The cost to add them to new homes ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 and some were even more.  Home buyers didn't want them and appraisers really couldn't add anything to the appraisals.  Twice as many buyers ordered their new modular homes last December than usual just to avoid the price increase.

Let's give a big round of applause to everyone in our industry that worked with elected officials to repeal this law.

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Roger said...

Its about time! We lost alot of business waiting for the state to stop dicking around and finally voting on this. Alot of protential homeowners could not take on the extra cost of a sprnkler system.

At least the Republicans are good for one thing: repealing the sprinkler law.

Nathan George said...

this is a great win!! good job all who participated!!

Nathan George, Traba Homes

Heywood said...

Coach, as of this note (Friday AM) the Governor has yet to sigh the bill.
And while I agree that the fire sprinkler requirement needed to be retracted, the bill does much more than that. It totally muddies the review committee so that in future years, the building code in PA will be a nightmare. If I were on the review committee, I would resign.
There were better ways to repeal sprinklers.

Anonymous said...

Heywood is right. This execise started because the RAC process was flawed. This new bill has provsions for way the RAC will operate in the future, but I am not certain it is enough.