Minneapolis to Require Residential Sprinklers Beginning in January

July 30, 2014

A new state requirement for the home building industry was published this week in Minnesota.

It means a sprinkler system is required for new houses larger than 4,500 square feet beginning in January.

Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen says houses today are built with lighter materials and include more synthetics than older homes. He says the materials burn like gas or petroleum when ignited. Firefighters have overwhelmingly supported the rule.

But, Builders Association of the Twin Cities Executive Director David Seigel tells WCCO-TV new homes are safe, given other current fire precaution codes. Seigel says the requirement won’t necessarily save lives, but will cost builders $9,000 to $20,000 a home.

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  • July 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    Gordy says:
    First the cost to this is closer to the $9,000 which is about $2 per sq foot. On a 30 year loan is about $25 per month. Your homeowners insurance is more likely to go down tha... read more
  • July 31, 2014 at 8:56 am
    txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
    I think you mean 120%
  • July 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm
    Dan says:
    Could someone please clarify is this a state law or just for the city of Mpls?
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