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Regina Executive Supports New Home Construction Fire Sprinkler Mandate – Regina


Regina executive committee members voted Wednesday in favor of a motion that would require fire sprinklers in all new residential homes.

Ward 10 Councilor Landon Mohl moved the motion to implement the sprinkler mandate. The committee favored the motion, with only two votes against.

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The executive committee spent several hours on Wednesday discussing various topics on the agenda. They made it clear that making new residences safer was a priority, as they extensively debated the costs and implications of mandating sprinkler installation in all new residential construction.

The committee heard from five delegations arguing for the need for sprinklers, citing safety and preventing deaths as vital reasons. Regina Fire Chief Layne Jackson was also a prominent voice in support of sprinklers, saying sprinklers save lives.

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“What a sprinkler system does is it activates when a fire is still in its early stages and puts it out and more often than not controls it and what it does is is that it prevents the formation of smoke and toxic gases and the fire itself,” Jackson said.

Stu Niebergall, president and CEO of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association, was the only delegation to oppose the sprinkler mandate. He argued that mandatory sprinklers in new construction would drive up housing prices.

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Affordability was something the committee considered when voting on terms of reference. Mayor Sandra Masters was one of two voices against the mandate and says she kept residents in mind.

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“We’ve heard from industry on both sides, but we haven’t heard from residents,” Masters said. “So when it comes to housing affordability, I know that’s the number one issue for residents of the City of Regina. It is therefore linked to affordability which can have important implications in the community.

The administration has now been tasked with developing the regulations. Once approved at the provincial level, it is expected to come into force in January 2023.

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