The RMHPBA’s Monthly Update
In this Issue
Change Out Meeting
Colorado stove change out meeting Sept. 16
Comin’ Up In October
Page 5 & 6
RMHPBA Board Meeting
September 28, 2016
March 16-19, 2016
2016 Member Reception
March 16, 2016
Member directory on
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Colorado stove change out meeting overview
Thank you to HPBA Barbecue’s Director of Public Affairs John Crouch, RMHPBA board members,
American Lung Association (ALA) representative and the 27 members who attended the Colorado
stove change out meeting September 19. A big thanks goes out to RW Specialites, Inc. for hosting the
meeting. Keith and his staff were a great help. We would also like to thank all the people
who took time off from work to be here for the meeting.
Until the final plan gets approved by EPA, the RMHPBA will need to wait to really publicize it
until that time. The change out program will be happening soon, and it may include more counties than
originally planned (Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld), but this is why we need to wait until
the official announcement. One thing is for sure, it will be a wonderful boost to our members business!
With the money set aside for the change out, we think there could be around 500 stoves changed out,
which means 500 units sold. The RMHPBA will keep you posted to what’s going on as soon as we hear
There is approximately $1 millon set aside for the program with some of that money going to the
ALA to run the program, some money for advertising it, and the rest for the change out with some of it
designated for low income persons. This program should be very similar to the one Larry worked with
in Arizona a couple of years ago.
The change out may include replacing the wood stoves with gas units or pellet units, and might
require that someone who is NFI certified in the fuel type of the unit (wood, gas, pellet) installed to
install the unit.
Please contact Larry Grogan at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
2016 HPBExpo registration is OPEN
Exhibition: March 17-19, 2016
Education: March 16-19, 2016
Get ready for HPBExpo in New Orleans taking
place March 16-19, 2016, at the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center. Hear what HPBA
Chairman Jess Baldwin and other members
are saying about the show and why you need
to be there next year in this quick video filmed
at the 2015 Expo!
Most of the city’s restaurants, attractions,
tours, accommodations and event venues
are within walking distance of each other,
it’s easy to get around the “Big Easy” and is
the perfect setting for networking. Within the
12-blocks of the historic French Quarter, come
enjoy the charm of New Orleans, all while
attending a successful meeting in the Crescent
New Orleans combines big city choices
with small town friendliness. Need more
ideas? We’ve got the information you need on
getting around and what to do while in New
Orleans. Don’t forget to bookmark the HPB-
Expo’s website as show information for next
year will continually post throughout the year.
Registration, Education & Housing
Register online for show badges, education,
hotel reservations, flights and car rentals
Be advised that onPeak is the official
HPBA housing partner - don’t be fooled by
other travel companies claiming to be affiliated
with HPBA. Through onPeak, HPBA is able
to secure the lowest rates, best hotels and the
most complimentary amenities during your
stay in New Orleans, exclusive only to
It it should be a great show with lots of exhibitors
based on the current numbers. Click here
for the full list of current exhibitors.
Updated floor plans and exhibit space contracts
are now posted online.
Thank you to our 2015
Associated Energy Systems
Olympia Chimney Supply, Inc.
RH Peterson CO.
RW Specialties, Inc.
Board of Directors!
Would you like to become a RMHPBA
Board Member? If you are an engaged and
committed individual and enjoys
volunteering, then we
encourage you to apply!
Fill out the boad member application
Please contact email@example.com with
National Fireplace Institute (NFI)
The HPBExpo Education Program is one of the
high points of the show each year, drawing attendees
with sessions on technical training, sales and
marketing, safety, manufacturer-specific education,
and more. Once again, there will be two and a half
days of education sessions at the 2016 HPBExpo in
New Orleans with great topics presented by some
of the industry’s brightest speakers.
Ted Topping, a perennial favorite at Expo from
Creative Insights, will be back to deliver a series of
eight classes. He will cover topics including “How
To Retain Exceptional Employees” and “Professional
Service is Profitable.” He will also lead a
panel discussion on “Making the Transition to
Management.” This session is designed for the new
generation of owners and managers who are taking
control of retail stores in the hearth industry.
Tom Parks, from Coastroad Hearth and Patio, will
present two classes designed to clear up some of the
most confusing aspects of hearth appliance installations.
“NFI Math” will review those pesky formulas
we use every day but may not truly understand.
Tom will also lead, “Things No One Else Teaches,” a
discussion on all those little details that are covered
in the Reference Manual, yet no one else covers.
Tom will focus on those neglected topics and help
clear the smoke.
HPBA Announces New
In HPBA’s September Hot News, it was announced
that a new structure for market research has been
Kate Fritz joined HPBA as Director - Membership
& Affiliates in January. In addition to membership,
she served as the director of market research at her
previous job, The Association for Manufacturing
Technology (AMT), and holds a Master of Library
Science degree from the University of Maryland -
College Park. In an effort to provide synergies across
programs at HPBA, particularly in recruiting new
members and participants in research surveys, Kate
will also be responsible for research programs. Her title
is now Director - Membership & Affiliates, Market
In addition, HPBA hired Cameron Downs as the new
Manager - Market Research. He will start on September
14th. Cameron has a Master in Anthropology
degree from American University and over five years
of experience in market research. He has developed
and produced surveys of all kinds, and conducted
both qualitative and quantitative research on myriad
topics, including manufacturing and business logistics.
Cameron joins HPBA from the United States
Pharmacopoeial Convention. Prior to that position,
he worked for Kate Fritz at AMT.
Cameron will be reachable at (703) 522-0086 x110
Your involvement in the HPBExpo Education
Program will be time well spent. When booking
your trip to New Orleans, plan to arrive on Tuesday
March 15th, so you are ready to learn bright and
early on Wednesday morning. Three-day Education
Passports are again available for $129 if you
purchase them before January 1st. There is no other
educational program that offers you the opportunity
to learn so much for so little.
2016 RMHPBA HPBExpo Member Reception
Good times with great people!
The Big Easy just keeps
The RMHPBA is getting excited for the 2016
HPBExpo member reception! The reception will
be a joint event with affiliates including SCHPBA,
AHPBA, OHPBA, NWHPBA, and HPBA Pacific!
The combined reception will have 18 states, with
hundreds of awesome members present.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6-8 FULTON ALLEY
600 Fulton St., New Orleans
(One half block from host hotel)
Stay tuned for
Photo courtesy of www.fultonalley.com
So far we have sponsorships from:
Olympia Chimney, Jotul,
RH Peterson, Amantii
Morso, and Sierra Flame.
Please thank them if you see their representative
at your store!
Do you want to sponsor
this event, too?
Contact Larry Grogan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 480-772-2169 with any questions or interest.
HPBA Government Affairs Update
25C Tax Credit
As previously reported, the 25C tax credit for 75 percent
efficient or higher biomass stoves has been included
in Senate bill S. 1946, the “Tax Relief Extension
Act of 2015,” which was introduced by Senator Orrin
Hatch (R-UT) during the first week of August. The
Senate bill will move to the Senate floor next for continued
discussion and a vote, possibly later this month.
The tax credit is also included in House legislation,
H.R. 2517, the “Powering American Jobs Act of 2015”
introduced by Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA-06) in
May. This bill is on a slower track than the Senate bill,
as it still needs to be considered by the House Ways
and Means Committee.
The language in both bills would extend the tax credit
for two years, retroactive to
January 1, 2015, i.e., for all 2015 purchases as well as
for purchases made in 2016. The current language
specifies higher heating value (“HHV”) as the metric
to measure stove efficiency. HPBA is working with
Congressional offices to pass a clean extension of the
tax credit, without specifying an efficiency measure.
Keep in mind that, until a bill is signed by President
Obama, the efficiency method has not been finalized
and knowing which appliances would qualify remains
uncertain. Please contact Rachel Feinstein if you have
Are You Ready for the New EMV
Chip Card Requirements?
U.S. credit card companies are now making the transition
from magnetic stripe technology to credit cards
with chips. Starting on October 1st, the liability for
certain types of fraudulent credit card charges will shift
from banks to businesses that do not have chip card
processing machines. EMV, which stands for Europay,
Mastercard, and Visa, is a safer form of payment for
both consumers and businesses, and is currently used
in over 80 countries. If a customer uses a chip-enabled
card in your store and you don’t have a chip processing
machine, you, the retailer, will be responsible for
fraudulent expenses, not the card owner’s bank. The
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has prepared
extensive guidance on this issue for small businesses.
SBA has made public a PowerPoint slide-deck,
a recording of a June 2015 webinar on the topic, and
a factsheet on the new chip technology. Additional
information and downloads can be found on SBA’s
Following an unusually circuitous balloting process, all
problem items in the most recent National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) 211 ballot have now been
resolved. As you may recall, the NFPA 211 Committee
had several proposals that were threatening the use
of aftermarket products for repair and replacement of
existing fireplaces,chimneys and accessories, as well as
proposals to restrict new installations, in particular of
gas log sets in new fireplaces.
In the maintenance portion of the standard, the committee
will now allow for the approval by a Qualified
Agency (such as NFI or CSIA). The first draft language
created by the NFPA 211 Committee for the maintenance
portion of the standard only allowed listed and
approved products or approval by the Authority Having
Jurisdiction (AHJ/Building Inspector). Without
this wider approval authority, confusion could arise.
For example, in situations where installations include
products from a manufacturer who later went out of
business, and/or the original parts became unavailable,
fireplaces would be condemned for lack of relevant
parts, even though comparable parts are available on
the market.The adopted change gives those Qualified
Agencies the ability to make educated decisions on the
use of comparable parts.
For the new installation portion of the proposals, the
Committee’s first draft proposed language would have
unnecessarily restricted the installation of a number of
products due to a requirement that products be listed
and approved for “specific fireplaces.” This would have
required all gas log sets, for example, to be listed and
approved for each fireplace for which they could be
installed. Up to this point, the requirements for gas
HPBA Government Affairs Continued
logs in UL 127 fireplaces were typically limited only
by Btu output. HPBA saw this as unnecessary and
overly restrictive. After two ballots carrying proposed
changes in language were defeated, the end result is the
same. The existing language that has been in the code
for over 15 years will stay in effect.
If you have any questions on the requirements, results
or details of the NFPA 211 vote, please contact Tom
Stroud at email@example.com.