In early 2010, the Pennsylvania Builders Association, among others, filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a new and updated Uniform Construction Code in Pennsylvania. Copies of the filing are available on the Builders Association website. Among the provisions objectionable to the Builders Association was a provision requiring new single family and townhomes in Pennsylvania to be equipped with sprinklers. The fire sprinkler requirement states that newly constructed townhomes built after January 1, 2010, and all newly constructed one- and two-family homes built after January 1, 2011 must contain a residential fire sprinkler system. The lawsuit sought an injunction asking for the implementation of the Code to be stopped immediately
The Commonwealth Court denied the requested for an injunction earlier this month, meaning that the case will progress and in the meantime, the requirement for sprinklers is in full force. For more details, see this article on the injunction.
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