Working with Developers
Building New Developments With Home Fire Sprinklers Can Increase Fire Safety for the Entire Community. Resources that might have gone to fighting fires can be focused on Community Risk Reduction (CRR). They can help reduce municipal operating expenses through lowered water demands.
Building a home fire sprinkler incentive program takes planning. Starting by working with developers →
Other Local Officials
In some communities the city planner or planning department handles all aspects of development for the town. In others the city manager, mayor or city council may be involved. Your city planner should be able to let you know who you should work with.
The local water purveyor or department is also critical to the success of the program. Many water purveyors do not understand the difference between commercial water sprinklers and NFPA 13D systems. As a result they sometimes impose fees and restrictions that make sprinklers financially impractical. By presenting the facts, particularly about water usage, you can avoid this potential problem.
See how building with home fire sprinklers has benefitted developers with HFSC fire sprinkler incentives case studies →.
Inform the Community
In many communities residents watch over new developments very closely. If they hear that you are allowing developers increased density or reduced water infrastructure they may oppose it. Reach out to community residents to explain how putting fire sprinklers in new developments makes everybody safer.
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed Developer Tradeups and Incentives Educational Resources that you can dowload for free →