ASHRAE 62.2 Ban on Vent-Free Appliances Moves out of Committee

The ASHRAE 62.2 Committee convened in January for the group’s Winter Conference. The Committee discussed Addendum ‘j,’ which would prohibit all vent-free heaters in ASHRAE 62.2-compliant homes. Commentors opposing Addendum ‘j’ addressed the committee in hopes of either modifying or overturning the addendum. Despite a lively discussion and industry opposition, the 62.2 Committee is moving … Continue reading ASHRAE 62.2 Ban on Vent-Free Appliances Moves out of Committee

Forced Electrification Initiatives to Ramp Up in 2022

As the HPBA Government Affairs team prepares for state legislative sessions to start, we anticipate that forced electrification will continue to find its way into the discussion, and not just on the West Coast. Whether in state legislatures, city councils or in building codes and regulations, environmental advocates are looking to hastily and fundamentally change … Continue reading Forced Electrification Initiatives to Ramp Up in 2022

Build Back Better Legislation Stalled in U.S. Senate

In November 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better (BBB) Bill, sending it over to the Senate for deliberation. The $1.75 trillion social policy and climate change bill includes language that affects the hearth industry in various ways. Since then, BBB has stalled in the Senate. Prospects for passage are unclear … Continue reading Build Back Better Legislation Stalled in U.S. Senate

ASHRAE 62.2 Proposal to Ban Vent-Free Appliances in Compliant Homes

The ASHRAE 62.2 Committee has sent Addendum ‘j’ out for public review and comment. Addendum ‘j’ would ban all unvented room heaters in ASHRAE-compliant homes. During the recently closed comment period, the committee received 54 comments on Addendum ‘j’ (with only one comment in support of the addendum). One of the frequently raised concerns of … Continue reading ASHRAE 62.2 Proposal to Ban Vent-Free Appliances in Compliant Homes

Wood and Pellet Heater Tax Credit Extension Passes the U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Bill on Friday, November 19th, by a vote of 220-213. The $1.75 trillion social policy and climate change bill includes language that would extend the tax credit for wood and pellet heaters with a thermal efficiency of at least 75% per the higher heating value … Continue reading Wood and Pellet Heater Tax Credit Extension Passes the U.S. House of Representatives

Wood and Pellet Heater Tax Credit Update and What’s Next

As previously reported, the U.S. House of Representatives was unable to hold a vote on a large reconciliation bill on Friday, November 5. They did vote on an infrastructure bill, but they did not vote on the legislative language affecting energy efficiency tax credits. The House hopes to hold a vote before Thanksgiving, which means … Continue reading Wood and Pellet Heater Tax Credit Update and What’s Next

IRS Updates 2021 Tax Form for Wood and Pellet Heater Tax Credit

The IRS has updated its draft forms (but not instructions) for 2021 taxes, including the Residential Energy Credits tax form (Form 5695). Eligible taxpayers will be able to claim the new Section 25(D) tax credit for qualifying biomass stoves on line 5 of tax form 5695. Unlike in previous iterations of this tax form, biomass … Continue reading IRS Updates 2021 Tax Form for Wood and Pellet Heater Tax Credit

Build Back Better Details Emerge, Future Uncertain with Divided Congress

During the last week of October, the White House revealed some details of Democrats’ $1.75 trillion social spending bill – known as the Build Back Better Act. Due to objections by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the package no longer contains the Clean Electricity Performance Program, but still contains several tax credits and rebates for electrification-based … Continue reading Build Back Better Details Emerge, Future Uncertain with Divided Congress

The Federal Government makes it official: it will cost more to heat this winter in most regions

Anyone who has purchased gasoline recently already suspects that energy may cost more this winter, but some families, in some parts of the country, may be in for a really big surprise. On October 13th the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released their annual report known as the Winter Fuels Outlook. In this assessment, EIA … Continue reading The Federal Government makes it official: it will cost more to heat this winter in most regions