The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) developed a new free educational resource AHJ’s can use to educate all stakeholders involved in the local planning process about developer trade-ups or incentives. These resources include case studies, with videos, downloadable presentations, statistics and economic data gathered from several communities.
HFSC’s sprinkler incentive program partners the fire service with builders or developers and has great potential to deploy a local plan that will help protect communities for decades. The key to success in any jurisdiction is early participation by fire officials in the planning process to encourage more developers to take advantage of incentives, resulting in more sprinklered developments.
With growth of developments across the state of Wisconsin, this program provides AHJ’s the tools to work together with developers to understand and use the incentives for their developments. Common incentives 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 house lots to be built.
- 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 are allowed further from where the homes’ access leaves the main road.
- Additional Units Permitted: Development plans 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 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 the number of required rescue openings in every basement sleeping room.