While I am in total support of sound building practices, the article "Expanded AFCI Requirements Spark Controversy" (In the News, 9/07) raises issues that are somewhat hypothetical and exaggerated. What I do not support is the use of our building codes as a conduit for sales. (The easiest way to get a product into the market place is to have it required.)

The idea of a company promoting its product through the design community or code review panels is nothing new. According to some building officials and designers I've spoken to, this is becoming more the norm. But how will housing ever be affordable if we continue to raise its price with new code requirements?

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