Working with Developers

Incentives Can Be Used When Home Fire Sprinklers Are Not In Local Codes

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. Incentives offered to developers to build with sprinklers can reduce construction costs and increase profitability.

See What Members of the Fire Service and Local Officials Have to Say About Working With Developers

How to talk to developers about fire sprinkler incentives.

Take the time and sit with a developer and discuss how they can lower costs.

The fire service can work through AHJs and other stakeholders to communicate the benefits of building with home fire sprinklers.

We have to start educating the public, officials and AHJs.

What are Fire Sprinkler Incentives?

In jurisdictions without home fire sprinkler code requirements, AHJs can work with planners, builders and developers to provide cost-saving trade ups or incentives when the entire development is protected with home fire sprinklers.

Trade ups or incentives often allow better utilization of land and infrastructure cost savings. They can include:

Street-Width Reduction—Traffic lanes may be narrowed, substantially reducing the amount of pavement in every linear foot of street in the development.

Longer Dead-End Streets—Dead-end streets may be increased in length, allowing additional building lots to be accessed.

Tee Turnarounds Permitted—The permitted use of tee turnarounds in sprinklered developments can create at least one additional lot per cul-de-sac.

Increased Street Grades and Building Setbacks—Steeper street grades and building locations allowed further from where the homes access leaves the main road.

Additional Units Permitted—Development plans that allow homes to be closer together.

Expansion of Existing Water Supply May Not Be Needed—Required fire flows for fully sprinklered developments can be greatly reduced compared to non-sprinklered developments.

Increased Hydrant Spacing—Supply mains may be reduced and hydrant spacing can be increased.

Subdivision Single Access Point—A fully sprinklered subdivision allows for a single public access road. This decreases infrastructure costs and significantly increases the number of single family dwellings allowed.

Gated Communities—Gated communities can delay Fire Department Access. A fully sprinklered subdivision provides mitigation for this impact allowing developers to utilize this security option when desired.

Reduced Basement Windows—Fire sprinklers reduce rescue openings in every basement sleeping room.

What Incentives Will Work in Your Community?

Every community has their own attitude toward development. Some eagerly welcome it for the economic benefits. Others are wary of it changing the character of their town. Learn more about what fire sprinkler incentives will work in your community 

Create Your Fire Safety Team

Fire safe communities start with planning. Work with local officials, planners and developers before plans are submitted. Communities can choose which incentives to offer that are specific to community needs. They are not one size fits all.

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