Is anybody aware of any local requirements (like building bylaws) or incentives for residential sprinkler installations? I know OBC only requires them over 3 storeys but what about smaller (like single family dwelling) buildings that are below the requirements?
I’m not aware of any jurisdiction that requires them and I don’t think there will be any change until the insurance industry changes their mindset first. I just built a new home a year and a half ago. I wanted to install sprinklers and was told my premiums would go up if I did. They are more concerned about water damage than smoke damage and because they insure the property have no consideration of the occupants. It’s unfortunate and hopefully this will change.
I’ve heard that about premiums before, my Chief just told me about a report out of Arizona that tracked fires in sprinklered homes vs unsprinklered and the repair costs were in the 5% range on average. Interesting position your insurance company has – kinda reinforces the perspective that they only care about money and ignore the life safety aspect of it.
Too bad the insurance industry can’t see the big picture.