Policy Activities | Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

HPBA is constantly promoting the hearth, patio, and barbecue industries through a variety of policy activities at the federal, state, and local levels. Whether through the legislative, regulatory, or codes and standards process, we work diligently to be a voice for our members. Below you will find some of our major policy activities that we are currently engaged in. Please contact Rachel Feinstein (feinstein@hpba.org) if you have any questions.

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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Energy Conservation

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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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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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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Codes and Standards Management

Codes and Standards

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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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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Occupational Licensing

HPBA encourages states and local jurisdictions to incorporate a hearth specialty license credentialed in part by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) into their code in order to ensure the safe and appropriate installation and servicing of gas and solid fuel hearth products. HPBA created model language that can be used to establish a hearth specialty license under a state or local jurisdiction’s HVAC-R, mechanical, or other code.

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