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Ottawa, Ill., approves new code, except for single-family home sprinkler requirement
Added costs of proposed sprinkler provision concerned city officials.
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Ottawa, Illinois approved the 2012 International Building Code and International Residential Code, but omitted a provision requiring fire sprinklers in new single-family homes. The single-family residential requirement uses plastic piping for the sprinklers, rather than the more heavy-duty systems mandated in commercial buildings. City officials nevertheless expressed concerns over added costs due to the proposed sprinkler provision.