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NFI Hearth Design Specialist Course & Exam

25 January 2022

Where: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge MA 01550

When: Monday, May 2, 2022 9:00am to 3:30pm

Here’s how you register for your course & certification materials:

  1. Go to Https://nficertified.org
  2. You do NOT have to create an account or log in.
  3. Click on Store in the upper right hand corner of the page
  4. Click on the category:
    1. NFI Manual, Review and Certification Exam
    2. NFI Review and Certification Exam ONLY
    3. Retest NFI Manual, Review and Certification exam
    4. Retest NFI Review and Certification Exam ONLY
  5. Select the Hearth Design Specialist
  6. Add it to your shopping cart and process the payment.
    1. Don’t forget to use a Coupon Code if you qualify to get your discount!
      1. If the company a person works for is a HPBA member, they qualify for a 30% discount. The Coupon Code is available from NEHPBA!
      2. If the company is not a NEHPBA member, but the person is NFI or CSIA certified, you qualify for a 20% discount. You can obtain the discount code from the NFI or CSIA office.
    2. During the payment process you will be asked where you want to take the review class. Choose NFI Partner Event and then choose your event from the drop-down box that appears.
      1. Remember: To take the exam online at a space at the hotel, BRING a computer with a webcam & microphone, or you can log in and take the exam at home whenever you are ready.
      2. You will receive an email with the login information for the exam as well as your user name and password. Make sure you have that information when you are ready to take the exam.

Along with a computer that has a webcam and microphone, you may bring a calculator to use during the exam. You may NOT use a smartphone for a calculator. There is an online calculator once you are in the actual exam.

NEHPBA Golf Tournament

24 January 2022

Is New York State Banning Wood Burning? The Answer is NO!

6 January 2022

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — As we ring in the New Year, many have reached out to the NewsChannel 9 Your Stories team wondering if you’ll still be able to burn wood or wood products in 2022.


They reached out to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to find out if there are any changes to the current policy to ensure you know the most up-to-date rules as of today.

A DEC spokesperson confirms to NewsChannel 9, New York State is not considering passing legislation that would prohibit anyone to burn wood or wood products in 2022 at this time.

However, the state’s Climate Action Council (CAC) is researching ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions and achieve the goals of The Climate Act proposed by former President Barack Obama.

The draft of the CAC’s “Scoping Plan” does not contain any specific recommendations directly related to wood burning, but conversations are in the works about putting New York State on a path to an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

In this drafted plan, members of the council’s advisory panel describe scenarios where wood consumption decreases within that time frame until 2050.

Starting Saturday, January 1, the Climate Action Council’s 120 day public comment period will begin. 

The Council is seeking feedback from New Yorkers on these approaches to energy and emissions in New York. If you’re interested in weighing in, click here. NEHPBA will be creating our own Call-To-Action in the coming days.

The Council will also hold at least six public hearings across the State, both in-person and virtual. The goal is to release the final Scoping Plan by January 1, 2023.

Article Source: https://www-localsyr-com.cdn.ampproject.org/

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