The NSPS for New Residential Wood Heaters
The EPA updated its 1988 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) – the agency’s regulations for new residential wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters, and woodburning forced air furnaces – in February 2015. HPBA has led the hearth industry in attempts to negotiate a portion of the standards (Step 2) to take effect in May 2020. If the Step 2 standards in the regulation remain as they are, most forced air furnaces would no longer be available because it is not feasible for this product category to comply with NSPS technology requirements. Similarly, the market for hydronic heaters would shrink significantly as these products would no longer be affordable options.
Department of Energy & Gas Hearth Products
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. The CSA Group, setting technical appliance standards worldwide, has accepted HPBA’s proposal to phase out continuous pilot lights, sometimes referred to as “standing” pilots, by mid-2019––several years earlier than would be achievable through federal regulation. The standards being revised will disallow continuous pilots on newly-manufactured products currently covered under the Z21.50 and Z21.88 standards.
To ensure that your concerns are known and understood by key policymakers, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association advocates for our industries and interests before federal, state and local governments, officials and regulators. HPBA communicates frequently with legislators and closely follows regulatory and legislative activity to promote policies that are favorable to your business. Your help is essential in achieving our legislative goals.
Glass Safety Standards
As of January 1, 2015 all glass-fronted gas hearth appliances - that means gas fireplaces and glass-fronted gas heaters - will require a protective barrier if their glass surface temperature exceeds 172 degrees Fahrenheit (F).
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. Although the current tax credit expired on December 31, 2016, remind consumers that they are still able to claim the credit on their 2016 return if they made a qualifying purchase and installation before the end of 2016. HPBA continues to fight for an extension of this important incentive for consumers to invest in cleaner, more efficient technology.
Wood Stove Changeouts
Over $1 million in changeout dollars has been paid to participating MWHPBA retailers in the most recent Wood Stove Changeouts in Indiana and Illinois. There are currently no active changouts in the MWHPBA affiliate. Details on future changeouts will be listed here and shared with members in our e-News.
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. Hearth products free up electricity to return to the power grid, so HPBA is working hard to ensure that the marketplace for fireplaces, log sets, and stoves doesn’t significantly shrink in the near future. HPBA takes every opportunity to educate builders and the general public where possible on this important issue, and is working tirelessly in the technical arena to find a reasonable solution to lowering energy consumption.
Committee Chair: Clay Whitney
Clayton Sales Company
Kansas: Wilt & Tina Dod
Dod Installations, Inc.
Illinois: Dan Devlin
Southwest Fireplace Supply
Indiana: John Bassemier
Missouri: Rick Forshaw
Forshaw of St. Louis, Inc.
Are you actively monitoring codes and legislation in your area or would you like to learn how? Contact Erica Geil, email@example.com, to learn how you can join our list of Coordinators or participate in the Government Affairs Academy.