Evaluating the Installation Rate of Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Located in Laguna Beach, California [open pdf - 587KB]
"The problem was that no data had been collected to identify the effectiveness of the City's residential fire sprinkler ordinance limiting the ability to objectively review recommendations for future amendments. The purpose of the research was to determine the effectiveness of the City's residential fire sprinkler ordinance, and to analyze installation rates based on altering the existing valuation threshold. The evaluative research methodology was used in formulating this project, and the research was conducted through the collection and analysis of data. Three research questions focused on residential fire sprinkler system installation rates. The results demonstrated the correlation between valuation thresholds and saturation rates. Recommendations included reducing the City's valuation threshold to increase the rate of residential fire sprinkler system installations."
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/