Firefighting

Germantown, Tennessee, sprinkler ordinance for one-family residences survives challenge

Issue 11 and Volume 150.

Germantown, Tennessee, sprinkler ordinance for one-family residences survives challenge Builders of a proposed senior-citizen housing “district” in Germantown, Tennessee, failed in their attempt to have the city council there revise a requirement of a 1990 residential sprinkler ordinance as it pertained to one-family structures. Under the ordinance, all structures in the development were to be sprinklered, since they would be built only seven feet apart. The ordinance stipulates that structures constructed less than 20 feet from each other must be sprinklered. The builders sought the exemption on the basis of cost. They estimated that it would cost more than $10,000 per home to install the sprinkler systems. Other arguments they used were that installation costs would be higher and insurance costs would rise as a result of damages caused by freezing sprinkler pipes. Fire Chief Dennis Wolf opposed changing the ordinance`s requirement for sprinklering each unit. He researched the topic…

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