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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Sprinkler Bill with Senate Amendment Approved by House
4/14/2011

Legislation contained in House Bill 377 that repeals a government mandate to have automatic sprinkler systems installed in newly constructed homes after Jan. 1, 2011, was modified and passed in the Senate 33 to 17,  and subsequently received House approval today, said the prime sponsor, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming). 

“The Senate enacted a change in the original bill which I approve of, and I am pleased with the broad bipartisan support in both chambers,” said Everett. “This is an example of government working for the benefit of our citizens in removing yet another mandate that only increases the cost of home construction, thus making it more difficult to buy a home. Making this optional puts the decision on the new home buyer, which is exactly where it should be.”

The Senate-amended version would, starting next year, stop Pennsylvania from automatically adopting the building code decisions rendered by the International Code Council (ICC), instead requiring the state to opt in to the changes adopted by that council. The new version includes a requirement that a two-thirds vote, instead of a simple majority, by the state’s Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council, known as the RAC, be cast to adopt building code changes. The RAC was established by the legislature in October 2008, and is comprised of 19 engineers, building professionals and safety inspectors.

A number of concerns prompted the creation of this legislation, including the issue of water pressure and infrastructure in some municipalities that would be strained by a sharp increase in the use of automatic sprinkler systems. In rural areas, the problem becomes acute in that many residents are wholly dependent on well water. Nearly one-third of Pennsylvania residents live in single-family homes in rural areas dependent on wells.  

Another factor in the repeal effort is the damage that a sprinkler system failure can bring to a home. Frozen or otherwise damaged pipes in a system can ruin walls, floors and belongings. 

Also contained in House Bill 377 is a provision that adds alternative energy proficiency standards to log homes. Log walls with a minimum average wall thickness of five inches or greater will be permitted in residential buildings if they meet energy efficiency standards. 

The bill goes to Gov. Tom Corbett for his consideration. 

State Representative Garth Everett
84th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
717.705.1834
RepEverett.com

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