EXPO 2015 - Innovations & Ideas for Indoor-Outdoor Living
Exhibition: March 5-7, 2015 | Education: March 4-7, 2015 | Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Mark your calendar for September 3rd to register online for show badges, education, hotel reservations, flights and car rentals. Be advised that onPeak is the official HPBA housing partner - do not 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 Music City, exclusive only to HPBExpo guests.
Stay Up-to-Date with HPBExpo 2015! Bookmark the Expo's website, www.hpbexpo.com, to keep up-to-date on information for the HPBExpo 2015. View the current list of Exhibitors and review show logistics. Make your travel plans early; Nashville has a host of unique attractions, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Grand Ole Opry, Cheekwood, The Hermitage, Ryman Auditorium and more. Visit the About Nashville link for information on discount attraction tickets, restaurants, nightlife and more.
Learn how to get the most out of Expo! Check out the latest blog post in Casual Living magazine for some great advice from your peers - http://www.casualliving.com/blogpost/13097-how-get-most-out-trade-shows.
Early reports are that exhibitor sign ups are almost 20% ahead of last year. The EXPO will be in the new Music Center Convention Hall in Downtown Nashville. In the heart of Nasville. The venue is across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame. The annual Tail Gate party is Thursday night, followed by the all industry party on that same night. So start planning your trip to Nashville for 2015. The website should be up and running in September at http://www.hpbexpo.com
Government Affairs Updates
Here are some highlights at the national level for government affairs:
NSPS –HPBA delivered comments to EPA on July 31 having to do with cordwood testing for both non-catalytic units and catalytic units. A lot of clarification is needed in that area. HPBA is fighting “steps 2/3” which HPBA says that EPA should not be asking for without appropriate information. HPBA is working with congress on bills in the house, and one in the Senate for next year. For more information contact: John Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOE - The DOE has removed vented hearth heaters from their efficient requirements as dictated by the courts, but they have left in the AFUE numbers. HPBA is working on HR 3761 that would protect decorative gas appliances from improper regulation. Chances of this legislation being passed this year are very slim, but it will lay the groundwork for next year. If you need more information concerning the DOE, please contact Ryan Carroll at email@example.com.
Federal Tax Credits - HPBA encourages members to contact your Senator about Residential Energy Efficiency (25C), which includes a tax credit for biomass-fueled stoves. It is currently in the Senate Finance Committee, and it looks it has a good chance to pass, but not until after the elections. If it does, and that’s not for sure, then it will cover products installed this year and next year, 2015.
NFPA 211 - The NFPA 211 committee has come out with their revisions for the 2016 NFPA 211. Go to www.nfpa.org/211next to check out the revisions. Scroll down to “First Draft Ballot”. Be sure to check out the revisions for Sections 3, 6, 11, 12, & 13. Those are the revisions that HPBA are concerned about. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Stroud, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klamath Falls Faces Challenging Year for Air Quality - The Klamath Falls area is a formal Nonattainment Area for the PM2.5 pollutant as designated by EPA and is currently classified as a “Moderate Nonattainment Area.” Most of the PM2.5 pollution during a winter design day comes from residential wood heating devices, with a lesser amounts from industry, transportation and other sources. Klamath County requires residents to avoid burning in their wood burning devices on “red days” when air quality is predicted to exceed the PM2.5 24-hour standard.
Due to an extended air inversion weather pattern last year there is more pressure this fall for residents of Klamath Falls. Everyone will need to join together to avoid exceeding the standard this year. EPA has set a deadline of December 2014 to meet the standard. The County is committed to making a special push this fall to encourage residents who burn wood to comply with the ordinance when there is a “red day.” In prior years, the County has issued exemptions to the “red day” rule in the ordinance but because this winter heating season is so critical to show compliance with the standard, the County is re-evaluating their exemption criteria.
According to Larry Calkins of DEQ, the County does their best to issue “red day” advisories in a manner that is fair to the public and still meets the objectives of compliance with the PM2.5 standard. Those with certified woodstoves still have many days in the winter where they can keep warm and heat their homes with their wood stoves. In addition, the County, DEQ, SCOEDD and other agencies are working hard to find other sources of funding to help those in need stay warm in the winter. If everyone does their part, Klamath Falls may be able to meet the EPA standard and avoid further regulations.
Calkins notes the stakes are high. EPA will review the data over the last three years and if the data fails to meet the standard, EPA will re-designate Klamath Falls as a “Serious” Nonattainment Area. This could mean additional restrictions on industrial sources and to further limiting the use of wood stoves to those that are certified. Details of any of these proposals will need to be worked out.
For questions regarding the EPA requirements and the County’s approach to complying with the standards, please contact Ramona Quinn, Environmental Health Manager, Klamath County at 541-883-1122 or Larry Calkins, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at 541-278-4612.
OHPBA Conducts Survey on outside air for RETC woodstove
The Oregon Department of Energy recently held an advisory committee meeting for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program. The meeting was specifically to address the wood and pellet stove tax
credit portion of RETC. In the meeting, ODOE asked the industry if we could conduct a brief survey concerning the part of the RETC tax credit that requires "outside air" for wood and pellet stoves. ODOE wants to clarify this definition in rule making this fall.
For reference, the Oregon Department of Energy rule requirement requires stoves be “installed with a dedicated outside combustion air intake within five feet of the device, which may be a duct, barometric damper or grill.” OAR 330-070-0073(16).
OHPBA conducted a survey about this issue. Here is a brief summary of the responses.
44.4 % install 3-10 per month that qualify for the tax credit.
44.4% install under 3 per month that qualify.
11.1% have not installed any stoves that qualify.
100% said they are familiar with the outside air requirement.
Almost 90% sell stoves that have outside air or come with a kit.
2/3 feel the definition of "outside air" needs to be revised.
Pricing Changes Made by Hearth Education Foundation
One of the topics at the HPBEF Board of Governors meeting on July 25th was to adjust the prices for manuals, exams and other services. Unfortunately, HPBEF was forced to make some minor adjustments for financial reasons. Most of the changes are minor.
Here are the differences. Shipping will be charged for manuals ordered at NFI Partner events. NFI Review classes available online (all 6 Review Class sessions that were offered at HPBExpo 2014). Two sessions of each of the three fuel types are online (exam at a PSI/LaserGrade facility). The 6-hour class has been divided into sections for the online course. They removed the Manual, Exam & Online Subscription option and deleted the Online Subscription Group Package. The HPBExpo Non-Member price for NFI Exams was never brought in to alignment with our other Non-Member prices. Education Passport prices for Expo have gone up, but no longer required that attendees have a passport. If you have any question about any of these changes, please feel free to contact Rick Vlahos, HPB Foundation www.hpbef.org.