To hear backers of sprinklers in new residential construction, you'd think the system is a low-cost add-on to new construction that will dramatically reduce fire deaths. The reality is much different. Consider:
IAR has prepared a 12-page report, The Impact of Mandating Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems. Download the report to learn more about this issue of importance to IAR's membership.
Want to install a sprinkler in a new, four bedroom, two-story home? IAR sought bids for a standard 3,100-square-foot home to see what the cost might be. The bid came in at a whopping $10,200, and the builder said there might be an additional $3,000 needed to accommodate the system.
Most important, independent surveys show homeowners don't favor sprinkler mandates. The poll conducted in 2010 showed that 88 percent of residents in the Chicago area thought homebuyers should have the right to purchase the sprinkler system as an option. A similar poll in Central Illinois found that number jumped to 94 percent.
Learn more about this effort by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® to protect members' interests throughout the state.
IAR fields a team of govern-
mental affairs directors that work in local communities through the RVOICE program. They are on the front lines of efforts to protect property rights
RVOICE and other advocacy efforts make sure REALTOR® issues get heard, whether it's in your community, in Springfield or in Washington, D.C. Protect your livelihood by learning how to take part in RPAC.