Leg/Reg Issues

The National Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association and MidStates are always keeping an eye on legislative and regulatory issues that could impact members now and in the future.  Here are a couple of those issues:

Net Zero Homes:
Every two years, the California Energy Commission (CEC) releases an Integrated Energy Policy Report in which it makes recommendations for energy policy in the state. In its 2007 report, CEC recommended adjusting these policies to require net-zero-energy performance in residential buildings by 2020 and in commercial buildings by 2030.  A "net zero energy" building is one that consumes only as much energy on an annual basis as can be generated with an on-site renewable energy system.

The challenge? While the net zero concept does not ban any energy-using product, it does require "compensating offsets." For example, a new home could still have a decorative gas fireplace but will need to show additional solar panels to offset that energy use. In addition, the Code does not recognize or address zone heating (as with gas appliances) or solid fuel, wood or pellet appliances.

This is not just a "California problem." Code writers in Boulder, Colo., have also attempted to incorporate the net zero concept, and others are likely to follow. HPBA staff and leaders are following the issue closely and working with allies to determine the appropriate response plan. 

Please look for similar standards to appear in your state. This is an issue that will impact our association and we need to be aware of any other happenings. If you are currently aware of any comparable standards for buildings, please notify us right away.

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS):
The EPA is currently undergoing its first revisions in 20 years to the NSPS, the program which governs emissions for wood burning appliances. Last fall, HPBA representatives had the opportunity to address a panel of federal officials and voice their concerns about the ramifications of the NSPS on the industry. In addition, MidStates HPBA has supported the ongoing efforts through contributions to the legal and research fund. The final notice and new standards are expected to be issued in fall 2010, and we will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

For more information, visit www.hpba.org.

MidStates HPBA State Code Coordinators 
State Code Coordinators watch current legislative and regulatory issues which impact the industry in your area.

Michigan State Code Coordinators:

Bruce MacDowell
MacDowell's
228 South Bridge St.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Phone : 517-627-9400
Fax : 517-627-3344

Bob Marcell
Marcell's Specialties
1810 6th St.
Wausau, MI 54403
Phone
: 715-848-5194
Fax : 715-842-4730
Email: burnd2@charter.com

Ohio State Code Coordinators
Greg Hill
Hearthland Sales
2682 Graybill Road
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: 330-354-6616
Fax: 330-699-6938
Email: ghill26388@aol.com

Brian Sauer
The Fire Place, Inc.
5413 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
Phone : 513-829-8530
Fax: 513-829-8531
Email: nksauer@cinci.rr.com

Kentucky State Code Coordinator

Tom Raver 
Fireplace Distributors
5810 Fern Valley Rd.
Lousiville, KY 40228
Phone: 502-964-5996
Fax: 502-964-0091
Email: tom@fireplacedist.com

West Virginia State Code Coordinator

Robert Jones 
Hamer Pellet Fuel Co.
PO Box 418
Kenova, WV 25530
Phone: 304-453-6381
Fax: 304-453-6587