NORWICH – Despite opposition from the Southern Tier Building Officials Association, a proposed building code regulation could soon require all newly-constructed homes to have automatic sprinkler systems.
The regulation is proceeding through the International Code Council (ICC) on the federal level and, if passed, would automatically become a part of New York’s Uniform Fire and Building Code. The state’s legislature has no authority over uniform code mandates.
Chenango County Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Bates told members of the Safety and Rules Committee last week that the regional organization is alone in its stand against the bill. The New York Building Officials Association, the New York State Fire Marshalls and insurance-related organizations all favor sprinklers, he said.