Longmont is reviewing the 2015 international building codes, but a group of building professionals is not suggesting any new and expensive requirements for residential construction. In fact, the group is recommending the current code be amended to push back the residential fire suppression sprinkler requirement until 2019.
City staff and the professionals had concerns about the cost, design, and warranties of these systems. Apparently in cities where the sprinklers are an option, buyers rarely choose to install them. Chairman Ed Regel participated in the group on behalf of LAR. The recommendations will be presented to various City boards and commissions before it is considered by the City Council later this year.