Price of residential new construction just went up!

Prices for new residential construction in Pennsylvania will be rising by an estimated $1.00 to $1.50 per square foot, thanks to a new Pennsylvania mandate.

Pennsylvania will be the first state to make automatic fire sprinkler systems mandatory in all newly constructed one- and two-family houses beginning, Jan. 1, 2011.

Firefighters support the code change saying that the death rate of firefighters in sprinklered homes is 80 percent lower. And the American Insurance Association says property/casualty losses in sprinklered homes are about 45 percent to 70 percent lower compared to non-sprinklered homes.

Neither the National Association of Home Builders nor the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® supported mandatory sprinkler systems.

This may not be the best time to increase the cost of residential housing.

It seems to us that it would have been better to allow the consumer/new home owner to make the CHOICE, rather than mandate it.  What do you think?

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