March 7, 2011
-- The much hyped Sprinkler Bill requiring mandatory installation of sprinklers in residential homes was repealed today in the PA House of Representatives. Now the bill goes onto the state Senate. With housing starts at record lows and banks holding fast to funds for new home construction the requirement that all new homes be fitted with sprinklers is another hurdle to recovery.
Construction of new homes is a panacea that can work to fix our ailing economy. When a family, an individual, builds a new home they are fulfilling the American Dream and generating income in the local economy. When homes are constructed there are transfer taxes for the state, permit fees for the local municipality, landscaping and construction work for local trades, and an increase in sales of new home furnishings. With homebuyers already having difficulty securing financing the fire sprinklers are another cost to be added to the bottom line.
While we are not opposed to sprinklers if an Owner requests they be installed, we are against their installation being mandatory. We applaud the state House for removing a road block to economic recovery and await the vote in the Senate.
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Hanover Homes North Corp. is a Northeast Pennsylvania custom home builder located in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The company has been in business for 50 years, and has built quality homes for generations of Northeastern Pennsylvanians.