Take a virtual stroll through Homestead at Hartness, a picturesque, cottage community situated on 35 acres in Greenville, South Carolina. Complementing a city already named one of America's best by Lonely Planet is this new development, ripe with amenities including a 90-acre park, fishing ponds, and boat docks. Why Homestead is getting the attention--and praise--from sprinkler advocates is the developer's decision to sprinkler the community's 140 new homes.
NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team visited the community in February to document how the local fire service and builder came to this decision, which was a win-win for all parties. A surprising find was that installation costs hovered around $1 per sprinklered square foot, proving home fire sprinklers are not the costly component to homes that sprinkler opponents say they are.
Watch the video, and use it to complement other builder resources created by the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to showcase how sprinklers can be cost-effective.