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.


HPBA works for its members by advocating for the industry, educating consumers on the value of their products, and providing programming to help grow businesses. Select from the three targeted filters above, based your interest.

    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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    Your Best Backyard Initiative

    Your Best Backyard

    When backyards are at their best, consumers are more likely to be barbecuing year-round!

    Learn how this campaign promotes upgrading outdoor living spaces. 

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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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    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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    Barbecue Your Breakfast

    Barbecue Your Breakfast


    Breakfast (or brunch) is often the one meal that families with hectic summer schedules can carve out to enjoy together. HPBA's Barbecue Your Breakfast Campaign strives to substantially grow the 11 percent of grill owners who have reported using their grills or smokers for breakfast.

    In July and August, consumers can participate in a breakfast recipe contest for a chance to win prizes in four categories: 

    • Family Favorites
    • Healthy Creations
    • Meat Lovers
    • Spectacular Sides



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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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    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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    Wintercue Initiative


    HPBA's Wintercue campaign kept the winter from putting a chill on barbecuing in 2017, and will be back in 2018. Wintercue celebrates all-weather barbecuing with  tips and tools for consumers to unleash their winter warrior. 

    Learn how #Wintercue is growing in popularity!

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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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