Initiatives

HPBA has a variety of initiatives to champion the interests of its members, and help grow their businesses and raise public awareness of the fireplace, stove, heater, barbecue, and outdoor living industries. Learn about each and every active initiative, or select from the three filters above to delve into a specific aspect of HPBA's work. 

    Industry Advocacy Initiatives

    HPBA champions the industry's interests through lobbying on Capitol Hill, establishing reasonable technical standards, preventing restrictive regulation and policy, facilitating community-based programs, and leading grassroots member efforts. Each of HPBA's government affairs efforts involves working closely with various key stakeholders to make each initiative a success, whether it be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Energy, state governments, or other nonprofits with common interests.

    Consumer Education Initiatives

    HPBA works to elevate the industry's profile through media relations and public education campaigns. Grilling and smoking can happen anytime or anywhere. HPBA has campaigns to encourage consumers to barbecue in the winter and for breakfast, and to create the best outdoor living space for them. For the hearth industry, there are annual efforts that kick off in October, National Fireplace Month, which extend through the entire fireplace, stove, and heater season.

    Business Growth Initiatives

    HPBA facilitates business growth for its members not only on the HPBExpo show floor, but by providing insider knowledge through market research and elevating the industry’s profile to the public. Members get first access to industry research, analysis and insights, and can participate promotions that reach media and consumers throughout North America.

    Wood Stove

    EPA's NSPS for New Residential Wood Heaters

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), the program which governs emissions for woodburning appliances, was updated for the first time in over 20 years February 2015. Initiated in 1988, the NSPS controls the manufacture, sale, and import of "wood heaters," and only affects new products not already installed in residences.

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    Zero Net Energy

    Zero Net Energy

    Wind and solar power options are the latest buzz among energy conservation building circles in the quest to build or retrofit homes to be Zero Net Energy. HPBA won’t let policymakers forget that hearth products provide valuable zone heating benefits that play an important role in reaching the policy goal of a home producing as much energy as it consumes.

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    Wintercue

    Wintercue

    Wintercue celebrates all-weather barbecuing with mouthwatering recipes, tips, and photos no matter what the mercury reading. Even during the coldest of months, from the Deep South to the Great Lakes, barbecuing knows no season.

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    Codes and Standards Management

    Codes and Standards Management

    Building, fire prevention, and general safety codes are reviewed regularly, and HPBA is very active in ensuring what's implemented is fair while keeping the consumer in mind. HPBA delves into the technical, legal, and policy details so that you can spend more time focusing on your business. Our codes and standards team works tirelessly to ensure your interests are represented at the decision-making table―at the International Code Council, standards development organizations, and at government agencies of all levels. 

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    Wood Stove Changeout Woodstove

    Consumers may not realize how older woodstoves and wood heaters can impact air quality. Likewise, constituents could be impeding policymakers’ efforts without even knowing it. HPBA, with the help of its regional affiliates, helps policymakers facilitate voluntary programs initiated at the local, state, or regional level that provides eligible communities incentives to positively impact air quality throughout North America.  

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    Continuous Pilot Lights

     

    Pilot Lights

    The U.S. Department of Energy had been considering a regulatory action for pilot lights intended to conserve energy for all heating and decorative gas appliances. At the same time, HPBA has been advancing a revision to the standards for vented gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts that would achieve these same goals while considering the unique attributes, functions, and technical considerations of each appliance category. 

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    Biomass Stove Tax Credit

    Tax credits are powerful incentives for potentially hesitant consumers to invest in new biomass-fueled freestanding stoves and energy conservation technology. For nearly a decade, HPBA has worked in Washington, D.C. to maintain a tax credit for purchasers of new biomass stoves so that communities and individuals can reap the financial and environmental benefits that newer, more efficient technology provides.

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    Glass Safety Standard

    Glass Safety Standard for Gas Hearth Appliances

    Are you a manufacturer, installer, or retailer? As of January 1, 2015, all glass-fronted gas hearth appliances - that means gas fireplaces and glass-fronted gas heaters - require a protective barrier if their glass surface temperature exceeds 172 degrees Fahrenheit (F).

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