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Eric Gleason

 

How home fire sprinklers can be beneficial for homebuilders

Eric Gleason with the National Fire Sprinkler Association discusses how home fire sprinklers can be beneficial for developers during a presentation at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Phoenix

Who better to offer sage advice on the benefits of home fire sprinklers to homebuilders than a former homebuilder?

With 20 years of experience in residential construction and land development, Eric Gleason showcased how home fire sprinklers can be beneficial to a homebuilder's bottom line. Some examples highlighted during his presentation at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Phoenix included an increase in the number of developed lots, reduced street widths, and increased distance between hydrants if sprinklers are present. (NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have developed a complete list of these "trade-ups.") All of these lead to a larger net profit for the builder.

While opposition groups view sprinklers as yet another expense, Gleason said the same was said for other items that are now commonplace in homes, including double-pane windows, interconnected smoke alarms, and copper wiring. 

Gleason, now a regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, pointed to articles penned by the National Association of Home Builders highlighting double-digit gains in the housing industry. "If they're saying they can't afford [sprinkler installation], it's not true."

Download Gleason's summit presentation for more information.