A new rule proposed by the Minnesota Dept. of Labor and Industry would require a sprinkler system in all new homes over 4,500 square feet, including manufactured and modular homes, according to redwoodfallsgazette.com. During a tour of Schult Homes with state legislators, Mark Brunner, president of the Minnesota Modular and Manufactured Housing Association, said although most manufactured homes would not be that large, the addition of a basement might put one in that category. Not only would it add to the cost of the home, which would then be passed on to the consumer, the requirement would put homes manufactured in Minnesota at a disadvantage when selling outside the state. Additionally, sprinkler systems may add to the possibility of freezing pipes and to insurance costs. MHProNews has learned Schult sells in 12 different states.
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