More expensive homes with new building code?

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 7, 2012 - 6:14 AM

The debate is over whether proposals would make new houses better or just add to cost.

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refurnishMay. 6, 12 8:53 PM

I can't comment on the cost increase to the construction and hence the new homeowner. I can comment on the additional cost which results for suc spinkling system ~ the annual testing & flushing of the system, the monthly monitoring fee, the required separate telephone line, the annual RPZ valve inspection, and periodic RPZ valve rebuilding. You are TALKING about adding, on average, $2,000.00 a year to the cost of the new house. It seems unfair to burden and hinder the home construction industry with these increased costs. This is an anti- new housing action.

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buthead2May. 6, 12 8:55 PM

A Dayton veto? That's surprising.

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birdpeepMay. 6, 12 8:57 PM

more insanity from insurance companies and their brain damaged toadie, Mark Dayton. There is NO reason to sprinkle a private rresidence. House fires, while sometimes trragic, are extremely rare. Newer houses have fire resistive construction which lready inhibits the threat from internal sources. I would wager hat 95% of serious injuries and deaths have occurred in housing built more than 30 years ago. if you want a belt and suspenders and a rope to keep your own pants up, wonderful , sprinkle your house. leave mine alone.

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onelesscarMay. 6, 12 9:05 PM

This over-regulation will really hurt the already hurting housing market. If they keep growing the government, I will no longer be able to afford to vote democrat.

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oat777May. 6, 12 9:13 PM

We must protect everyone from everything....

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strat1954May. 6, 12 9:37 PM

Who pays the bill when you accidently burn the toast and the whole house gets doused with water?

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hughkaresMay. 6, 12 9:38 PM

What about new construction for homes that aren't serviced with city water and depend on private wells? No power = no water. Home generator systems would add even more costs. It is hard enough getting appraisals and qualified buyers to come together as it is. Why add more unnecessary costs? What will be next? Foam walls and floors to protect everyone from falls?

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doots799May. 6, 12 9:40 PM

Fire sprinklers in every home? Sounds like the pipe fitters union is looking for work.

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Lifeguard06May. 6, 1210:13 PM

Hey the pipe fitters will have lots of work when the new Vikings stadium gets approved. But this is nannysota at its finest.

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guffmanMay. 6, 1210:29 PM

Leave government out of the home sprinkler debate. If a home owner wants it, let them put it in. Otherwise, LEAVE ME ALONE!

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