Requirements and Costs
Why You Should Become a Certified Heater
by Norbert Senf
MHA is proud to announce the rollout of its
new Certified Heater Mason Program. It is the
result of a significant amount of time, effort,
and money by MHA as well as outside consultants.
Why should you become
certified? It will:
- Increase your level of knowledge and
- Increase your level of professionalism
- Give you a marketing advantage with
prospective clients. This will become
more so in the future as the masonry
heater marketplace becomes increasingly
sophisticated. More and more clients are
"shopping around" before they
make their decision.
- Give you more credibility with building
officials, inspectors, and insurance
- In future, it may become a credential
that will allow you to cross the
Canada/US border to work.
You will also support MHAs efforts on
behalf of the whole industry. Your membership and
support is very important in assuring that
MHAs continues to have the financial
resources and "bodies" to further the
cause of masonry heating in North America.
Here's a current example:
Minnesota is proposing a strict new residential
mechanical code that addresses ventilation,
negative pressure, and building air tightness.
For wood stoves, it could mean goodies such as
requiring a $1200.00 make-up air supply.
Fortunately, masonry heaters have been accorded a
fairly high negative pressure limit (15 Pa) which
might make their acceptance easier. This is
partly because, as MHA, we crossed that bridge a
number of years ago in Canada with the R-2000
requirements. Research that we did back then was
specifically referenced in arguing for better
treatment of masonry heaters in the Minnesota
code. As you may know, one of the R-2000
requirements is for heater mason certification.
Minnesota is considered a bellweather
jurisdiction in the U.S., so it may be coming
your way soon.
John Gulland is heavily involved in the
Minnesota process, and will be giving us an
update at this years annual meeting at
Wildacres. I look forward to seeing you there!