Pennsylvania House Throwing Water on Sprinklers

As reported on, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is on the verge of passing a bill rescinding the sprinkler mandate that came into effect January 1, 2011 for all new homes constructed under the 2009 International Residential Code.  Mary Gaiski, Executive Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association (PMHA), says once the bill passes the House, it will move on to the Senate where it is virtually assured of passing.  Governor Tom Corbett has said he will sign the bill.  Manufactured housing is currently not covered under the sprinkler mandate because HUD Code preempts local and state jurisdiction, and does not require sprinklers.  Rescinding the law will save Pennsylvanians thousands of dollars and help remove the threat of it applying to manufactured housing.

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