The Green Standards Movement
The aim of HPBA is to increase energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in its members' products. It is our aim to create innovative technologies that will further the industry, while also minimizing our carbon footprint. Here are some standards that are doing just that, as well as commissioned reports on alternative energies regarding HPBA and the broader energy portfolio.
HPBExpo's Green Pavilion
Launched in 2010, HPBExpo featured a new pavilion that touts HPBA's Green efforts. From efficiency to curbing emissions, HPBA is proud to promote innovative technology that is part of America's new energy portfolio. From educating our members about Green techology, pursuing Green codes and standards, fighting for tax credits and legislation on Green appliances, partnering with EPA on wood stove changeouts and promoting the most efficient and lowest emissions that each of our industries have to offer, HPBA has ardently worked for our members to be recognized as part of the Green movement. You can browse through some of HPBA's programs and Green efforts--that were featured during HPBExpo's Green Pavilion-- below.
This is a guidance code that will allow municipalities to adopt commerical green construction standards. Most of the guidance in this project is coming out of ASHRAE 90.1 and ASHRAE 62.1, as well as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This will also relate to residences that are considered commerical, such as condominiums and multi-use buildings that include commercial entities. HPBA has submitted language for hearth products that we hope to adopt. The ICC hopes to have this standard finished by March 2010.
International Energy Conservation Code
The current code is attempting to eliminate standing pilot lights. There are also issues relating to sealing hearth products during blower door testing.
US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Residential Buildings is focused on the design/architectural focus. LEED Standards can be found at www.usgbc.org.
There is an option within this standard for biomass boilers to be used for heating multiple dwellings, which both HPBA and the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) have promoted. It does appear that this option will be approved and included.
National Green Building Standard (NGB)
HPBA is working with the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Standard (NAHB GBS).