• Government Affairs

  • What We Do

    The NEHPBA Government Affairs Committee works to serve its members’ businesses by advocating the hearth industry’s interests to all levels of government and protecting the industry from restrictive public policy and regulation.

    The greatest challenges to the hearth industry are government regulations that impact our livelihood. Knowledge is the key to protecting ourselves and our businesses. The fireplace industry faces more government regulation than any other building material industry segment because we impact both the environment and energy - two of the most hotly debated areas of national concern. Even though regulation is formed at the national level, it is almost always implemented at the local level.  

    Our Government Affairs team is here to help you.  We are your watch dog at the grassroots level here to serve as a resource and advocate for your business.  We all should know the issues affecting our industry!  Every one of us needs to get educated and stay updated on legislative and regulatory activity. Take advantage of materials like this website or check out Fireline – the HPBA Government Affairs Committee's quarterly e-mail newsletter and HPBA Hot News email messages. Sign up for "Action Alerts" on the HPBA website so you can be notified when issues arise.

  • Join our team!

    Help NEHPBA “fight the fires” to stop negative impacts to our industry - become a part of the local fight to preserve our right to make a living in the hearth industry. By joining NEHPBA and becoming involved in the regulatory issues facing our states, you help not only your own business but the industry as a whole. It takes all of us getting involved in the political issues facing our industry to keep opposing interests from determining our fate.  Be proactive in helping to shape the laws that affect your business by volunteering your time and expertise. Give as much or as little time as you can - you can make a difference!  Get started here.

    "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - AESOP

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

  • Representative

    A representative is a member of the Government Affairs Committee.  Representatives attend one conference call per month.  In addition, as timely events and issues present themselves, a representative will communicate with others through a Basecamp project management database tool.  Board Committees include Government Affairs, Membership, Annual Meeting, and Education.

  • Speaker

    Member hearth industry experts volunteer their time and knowledge to share presentations with Code Officials.  Speakers will have the opportunity to educate Building Officials/AHJs/Fire Marshals  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 prepared two-hour or one five-hour overview format. Speakers decide his/her availability and approve engagements at monthly or annual industry events as their schedule permits.  Our goal is to schedule Speakers Bureau sessions from April to August thus avoiding busy burn season commitments.  Speakers even earn CEU credits!

  • Analyst

    An Analyst reviews email updates with regard to legislation or building codes that affect our profession as identified by Multi-State and/or BCAP services.   While Multi-State messages address legislation, BCAP email messages address building codes.  You will find the volume of messages will increase during the first quarter of every year with those three months having the most legislative activity, but you will never receive more than three emails per week at the height of any season.  Analysts will focus his/her attention on the states represented in the Northeast region.


  • 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


    Resources

    • 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@nehpba.org or 603-669-2744 ext. 101

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    Speakers Bureau

    Speakers Bureau volunteers are being recruited to offer their time and share presentations with local code officials during the months of April - September. Speakers are members of NEHPBA and are 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  two (2)-hour sessions or a five (5)-hour curriculum.  Speakers earn CEUs for instructing!!!  Get started here!

    "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - AESOP

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

    Presentations

     

  • Thanks to Aaron Wyatt of Greater New England Sales for speaking about

    Gas Hearth Systems and Fireplace Inserts on the Building Code Officials and guests

    in the Town of Southwick, MA, on October 10, 2017

     

  • Thanks to Dan DeMagistris of Hearth Products, LLC, for sharing his hearth industry knowledge and expertise with the Town of Windsor, CT, building officials, contractors and homeowners on October 5, 2017!  Dan gave a presentation on the proper venting of hearth appliances!

  • Thanks to Tom Swan, Sr. of Black Swan Fireside Hearth & Home for speaking to Building Code Officials in Litchfield County, CT, on the topic of "Proper Venting of all Fuel Types" on October 17, 2017.  

  • Thanks to Karen DiVerdi for sharing her time and expertise by speaking to a crowd of over 50 Building Code Officials at the Northeast Building Officials Education Association conference at UMASS Amherst on October 2, 2017. Karen presented on an "Introduction to Fireplace Inserts."

    Congrats to Vern Harrington from Thayer Street Associates, Inc. of S Deerfield, MA, who won a set of Hearth Handbooks for Building Code Officials (valued at $169).


  • Building Code Officials

    Let NEHPBA be your hearth industry resource!  

    Please remember that NEHPBA 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 your Spring or Summer meeting?  Please click on the link to register:


    Contact Deb Lyons, Director of Government Affairs, at deb@nehpba.org or 603-669-2740 ext.103

     


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    organize a tour of your facility for your Member of Congress, or become a NEHPBA Analyst!

     

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