Illinois city rejects international code due to home sprinkler requirement

Macomb, Illinois aldermen voted to recommend that the city not adopt 2012 international building and residential code standards requiring the installation of overhead sprinkler systems in newly constructed one-family and two-family homes.

March 15, 2012

Macomb, Illinois aldermen voted to recommend that the city not adopt 2012 international building and residential code standards requiring the installation of overhead sprinkler systems in newly constructed one-family and two-family homes.

City Building Inspector Dale Firof estimated that a sprinkler system might add as much as $3,500 to the cost of a new home. Macomb might not be able to avoid the requirement, though, as the state is considering adopting a life safety code.

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