Codes & Standards
Codes and standards are the guiding force behind the hearth and barbecue industry. There are building codes, fire prevention codes, safety standards, construction standards and much more. In the following pages you will be able to research which codes and standards relate to your area of interest and where to get more detailed information. Also, you will be able to determine when that code or standard may be updated or when there will be a meeting of a task force related to it.
Before you get started...
Codes are typically legal documents that have the force of groups such as the International Code Council (ICC) behind it and are enforced by such groups through building inspectors.
Standards are guidance documents, often written by experts in their field. They are created by Standards Development Organizations (SDO's) with Code Groups looking to the SDO's for guidance in writing code.
Click the links below to learn more about codes that are important to HPBA membership:
- International Residential Code, International Building Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Mechanical Code: http://www.iccsafe.org/Pages/default.aspx
- International Code Council (ICC) 700 National Green Building Standard: http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/generic/sectionID=2510
- ICC Codes - Adoption by state: http://www.iccsafe.org/gr/Documents/stateadoptions.pdf
- ICC Codes - Adoption by state with interactive map: http://www.iccsafe.org/gr/Pages/adoptions.aspx
Would you like to become more involved?
Sign up on CSA Group's Community of Interest website at: https://community.csagroup.org/welcome
- After you sign up please visit the Fuel Burning community section for information relevant to HPBA members.
2014 Codes and Standards Currently Under Revision:
Last update 8/29/2014
- NFPA 211—restricting the use of replacement products on fireplaces. Public comments due on November 14th.
HPBA has been carefully monitoring some of the proposed changes to NFPA 211, the standard for chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel-burning appliances. The revisions of concern would require that only components and accessories that have been tested and listed for use by the manufacturer can be used in specific models of fireplace systems. Tom Stroud, a member of this NFPA committee, has raised the concern during meetings that sweeps, installers, and consumers will encounter maintenance problems with code, especially when maintaining manufactured fireplaces whose manufacturers no longer exist, because people would be prohibited from repairing or replacing old chimney caps, for example, or purchase something they want to add to a wood-burning fireplace, like a decorative log grate. There will be no choice other than to condemn the installation of the entire fireplace. The fear is that this may drive consumers to do their own maintenance and make uninformed choices and cause more safety issues.
If you have concerns about these proposed revisions, it is essential that you submit a Public Comment. To submit a Public Comment, follow these steps: (1) From the NFPA 211 main page, here, under the “Next Edition” tab, navigate down to the blue header that reads “Second Draft (previously Report on Comments (ROC)).” (2) Click on the first link, titled “Submit Public Comment online.” (3) You will then be prompted to sign in or create a profile with NFPA. (4) If you are not a member of NFPA, click “Create a Profile” and follow the instructions. (5) You will then be brought to NFPA’s web portal for development of this standard. NFPA provides instruction on how to submit comments via a link at the top of the page, which is a yellow box titled “Complete Instructions.” If you have questions or comments, contact Tom Stroud (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- CSA Z21.50—changing the name of the standard to include the word “Decorative”.
- Delayed Ignition in gas fireplaces—We will have a statement paper on the issue soon