• Government Affairs


  • The EPA Supports

    the HPBA

    and the NFI!  

    The EPA's Burn Wise website has a lot of materials - including downloadable brochures! 




    Click here to view the library!

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    Wood Heater Legislation Gains Momentum

    The HPBA-supported legislation introduced at the end of September (S. 1857) now has five cosponsors after Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Wicker (R-MS) signed on in mid-October. The legislation, identical to the bill in the House (H.R. 453), would extend the effective date of Step 2 of EPA’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) by three years, from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2023. For more analysis and updates, visit HPBA’s website. Urge your Senators and Representative to cosponsor these bills.



    HPBA Participates in Cordwood Test Method Development

    HPBA recently attended a workshop in Colville, WA on a new woodstove test method, which would provide more “real world” results, using cordwood instead of cribwood. The EPA might adopt this test method in the future. Event participants included HPBA, industry members, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state and local government officials. A larger group will meet in Denver in December to review data. For information contact John Crouch.

    Government Affairs Academy

    The Government Affairs Academy (GAA) is a conference created and taught by the HPBA Government Affairs Department staff and outside consultants. Established in 2006, the GAA consists of members and Affiliate staff from all over the United States who travel to Washington DC for a crash course in becoming agents of change.  
    For a week, attendees participate in rigorous elective sessions around lobbying, initiating grassroots advocacy campaigns, communicating with Congress, and learning how to become spokespeople for the hearth industry to promote HPBA's legislative agenda.

    Next offering is scheduled for July 2018

    Key Courses

    • Media Training                                    
    • Negotiation and Testimony Training
    • Introduction to Federal Lobbying
    • Lobby State Legislatures
    • Industry Issues
    • Codes and Regulations


    • Grassroots/Lobbying: The Path to Political Power (2009)
    • The Place for Pellets in Commercial/Institutional
    • Facilities (2009)
    • Communicating with Congress
    • Inside Lobbying

    Contact Diane Rossi, Executive Director, at diane@mahpba.org or 603-669-2744 ext. 101


    Speakers Bureau

    Speakers Bureau volunteers are being recruited to offer their time and share presentations with local code officials during the months of April - Aug.  Speakers are members of MAHPBA and NFI-certified.  Successful lecturers will enjoy sharing his/her knowledge of the hearth industry to a group of professionals while having the confidence to answer questions about the industry and building codes.  We offer presentations ready to share on wood burning fireplaces and stoves, pellet burning appliances, factory built fireplaces, gas hearth systems/fireplace inserts, and proper venting of all fuel types (in 2-hour sessions) or a full five (5-) hour curriculum.  Instructors earn CEU credits!
    This Program’s popularity has increased and the need to expand our team has presented itself - are you ready to join our team? Click here to get started!


    Where We've Been in 2017

    Click here for the update!



    Contact Deb Lyons, Director of Government Affairs, at deb@mahpba.org or 603-669-2744 ext.103

  • Mike Segerstrom at the PENNBOC Region 2 Meeting - July 25, 2017
  • Thanks to Bill Ryan of Ryan Consultants Group of Landing, NJ, for speaking to home inspectors of Tri-State ASHI on the topic of gas fireplaces on November 14, 2017 in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  

  • Building Code Officials

    Let MAHPBA be your hearth industry resource!  

    Please remember that MAHPBA is here to make your job easier!  Are you familiar with the principles of combustion, heat transfer and draft? Are you completely confident in what to look for when doing inspections? Do you know the shortcuts an installer (or a do-it-yourselfer) might have taken?  Let us have one of our certified industry professionals join your local group/Association at monthly meetings to present educational sessions on hearth products – for FREE!  We offer the following curriculum in two-hour formats:

    • Wood burning fireplaces and stoves
    • Pellet burning appliances
    • Factory built appliances
    • Gas hearth systems/fireplace inserts
    • Proper venting of all fuel types

    Ready to reserve a speaker for a monthly meeting or annual conference? Click here!

    Contact Deb Lyons, Director of Government Affairs, at deb@mahpba.org or 603-669-2744 ext.103




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    Webinar:  How to Make Your Voice Heard

           How to use HPBA's Legislative Action Center

          June 1, 2017

          Hosted by HPBA

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    Better Homes Hearth & Patio, Inc.

    Bowden's Fireside - Fireplace Sales and Service

    Coastal Home Services

    Ember Fireplaces Inc.

    Energy Resources

    Fire Design

    Fireside Distributors, Inc./BAC Sales

    Fireplaces Plus, Inc.

    Hearth & Home

    Light My Fire, LLC

    National Chimney

    Northeast Distribution LTD

    Olympia Chimney Supply, Inc.

    Travis Industries, Inc.


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