Residential Construction Rebate Program Launched in Newfoundland

The Residential Construction Rebate Program will allow homeowners to save money on construction and renovation projects, while also helping to stimulate the economy and employment in the province’s construction industry.

HPBA Canada has clarified that new installations as well as retrofits of both solid-fuel and gas hearth appliances are eligible for rebate as part of this program.

This program applies to projects contracted between June 8 and August 7, 2020 and started on or after June 8, 2020, with work substantially completed by March 31, 2021.

Renovation Projects

A 25 per cent rebate is available for renovation projects for principal residences, up to a maximum rebate of $10,000 (based on a $40,000 project).

New Home Construction

A rebate of $10,000 is available for new home construction on homes valued up to $350,000 before HST.

The rebate will apply to work on a primary residence contracted within a 60-day period from the start of COVID-19 Alert Level 3, and the project must be substantially complete by March 31, 2021. To qualify, homeowners must use an eligible contractor, which includes those who have general liability insurance and are registered (i.e., HST registered, valid Business Number or Workers Compensation registered). 

For further information about this program or questions, please contact:

Canadian Home Builders’ Association NL
48 Welland Street
St. John’s, NL A1E 6C1
T: 709-753-2000
TF: 1-800-265-2800

Choosing Your Fireplace

Choosing Your Fireplace

Looking for a wood or gas fireplace? If you are thinking about adding a hearth appliance to your home or replacing an existing appliance you will want to consider which appliance makes the most sense for your space and your lifestyle. You will want your new fireplace to suit your décor, and there are many options when it comes to style, including contemporary and traditional looks. Woodburning and gas appliances both offer a variety of design elements to consider, such as linear and rectangular configurations, and see-through and three-or-four-sided bay fronts. The type of appliance installation is also an important factor in choosing the right fireplace for you. There are three options available.

Built-in Fireplaces

Even without a chimney, you can have a fireplace! The zero clearance fireplace allows you to place an appliance just about anywhere. This type of pre-fabricated fireplace is usually used in situations where there is no existing fireplace installation. You simply need a wall. Most zero clearance appliances are safe to install within inches of combustible material such as drywall and wood, and your qualified hearth specialist will direct you in to choosing the correct appliance for your situation. Depending on the location of the appliance and the fuel requirements, the exhaust pipe will exit directly through the wall or through the roof. Zero clearance wood or gas fireplaces offer excellent installation flexibility. Once you’ve chosen, have it installed by a qualified professional and finalize the decor to your taste.

Fireplace Inserts

A fireplace insert, or built-in fireplace, is a factory-built metal box that is designed to be installed in the existing cavity of a masonry or open fireplace. The insert turns your old, inefficient fireplace into an efficient, cleaner burning one, saving you money and providing much more effective heating. You’ll find many options available in this category of appliance, including style and fuel options.

Free-standing Stoves

Traditionally, free-standing stoves tended to be relegated to the basement and were mainly used for heating. Today, the stove, whether wood, gas or pellet, has many advantages. Installation usually does not require much finishing work. Modern stoves are now much more beautiful, efficient, and cleaner burning than ever before. Indeed, the stove is back in fashion and manufacturers have designed exciting new stoves with great new looks. Stoves are now counted among high-end appliances and are popular with design professionals.

You can now distinguish between the three types of hearth appliances and make the best choice for your home. Visit a HPBAC Specialty Hearth Retailer to see all the wonderful possibilities or visit manufacturer and local retailer websites.

The Many Faces of Hearth Appliances

The Many Faces of Hearth Appliances

Fire has been a part of family life since the dawn of civilization. For millennia, the family hearth has provided heat, a place to prepare food and served as a central gathering place. Even in the modern era, the hearth continues to provide comfort and warmth and bring people together. There have, however, been many advancements in recent years to the performance of the appliance and its design, making them more attractive and efficient in a variety of options.

Although producing fire is at the centre of all hearth products, there are some notable differences between the various appliances. For instance, many homeowners opt for a gas hearth appliance mainly for the convenience and ease of use. But did you know that today’s gas hearth appliances are available in decorative and heating options and in energy-efficient models?

Decorative gas fireplaces provide a beautiful flame but are engineered to provide very little heat so you can have the look of a cozy fire without overheating a room.

Heating gas hearth appliances provide radiant heat that warms the room much more quickly than convected heat, bringing comfort and atmosphere to a room in a shorter time frame. These appliances are available in many styles and sizes.

For traditionalists, wood burning hearth appliances warm the home with radiant heat at a very low cost and provide a beautiful flame. Modern, EPA or CSA-certified, woodburning stoves, inserts and fireplaces burn about 90% cleaner and use at least 30% less fuel when good burn practices are employed. There are wood burning appliances available to suit every style and need, even to heat an entire home.

Modern hearth appliances are engineered for efficiency and performance while also being designed to add value and style to any room. Visit the HPBAC website for ideas or to find a specialty hearth retailer near you where you can shop for the latest models in traditional, contemporary and rustic designs. You’ll be sure to find something to bring coziness to the spaces in your home where you like to relax and unwind.


Hearth Appliance: A solid or fossil fuel burning stove, fireplace, furnace, boiler, water heater, heater or cook stove.

Convective Heat: The natural movement of air as it heats up and expands. This creates a natural flow of air as the warmer air moves upward and is replaced by cooler air.

CSA: Canadian Standards Association

EPA:  Environmental Protection Agency (US)

Efficiency: The percentage of heat that goes into the room instead of up the chimney.

Hearth: The surface under and/or in front of your stove or fireplace, often made of brick, or tile.

Radiant Heat: Heat that moves out in waves from a central point and heats objects in its path. The invisible and harmless radiation emitted by a hot object. This radiation is converted into heat when it is absorbed.

Combat Climate Change Through Energy Conservation & Renewables

Combat Climate Change Through Energy Conservation & Renewables

With continued innovation in the energy sector and government regulation being put in place in the fight against climate change, Canadians are becoming more aware of the ways we can help to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Wood is Good

Choosing to burn locally-sourced, seasoned wood as a source of heat in an efficient appliance can be a great way to both reduce your dependence on the power grid and to reduce your home’s emissions. The Canadian hearth industry has continued to develop innovative products that substantially reduce particulate matter emissions which contribute to air quality concerns. Advanced technology, certified wood stoves can require 1/3 less wood to generate the same amount of heat as an old uncertified stove, saving homeowners both fuel and money. If you’re interested in learning more about best wood burning practices, visit the EPA’s Burn Wise website for all the information you need!

The fact is that localized air quality issues associated with wood burning are almost always caused by old, outdated wood stoves or older technology outdoor wood boilers. New technology wood stoves are a world apart from their older counterparts.

HPBAC promotes wood stove changeout programs across Canada. These programs help retire old, uncertified stoves and replace them with cleaner-burning, more efficient EPA/CSA-certified stoves by offering incentives. Wood stove changeouts are hugely beneficial, especially when replacing stoves made prior to 1992, when wood stoves had limited control on smoke emissions. By changing out an old unit for a new certified stove and using good wood burning practices, homeowners can reduce particulate emissions by over 90%.

Heating With Gas

Using natural gas as a fuel source can be a cozy and convenient option for space heating. Natural gas freestanding stoves, inserts and fireplaces are easy to use and there are units designed to be excellent supplementary heaters within a home. Zone heating can reduce your fuel consumption which saves money on your heating bill and reduces your carbon footprint.

A central furnace cycles on and off several times an hour and heats your entire house – even unoccupied rooms – wasting money and energy. Turn on your supplemental gas hearth appliance and turn down the thermostat for the central furnace and save. Studies show that zone heating solutions can provide energy savings of 20-40%.

To ensure you are operating your hearth appliance to best serve the environment be sure to schedule annual maintenance. Seasonal inspection and cleaning is crucial to ensure clean operation and safety. No matter what fuel source you are using, having your unit serviced and cleaned at least once a year will reduce its emissions and give you peace of mind knowing you are being environmentally responsible and safe.

Take Advantage of Savings

Within Canada there are currently several jurisdictions with rebate incentive programs for hearth products. Follow HPBAC on Facebook or visit our Woodstove Changeouts page for alerts and information of new programs that could benefit you.

Wood Burning Is Virtually Carbon Neutral

There are other tangible benefits that we as Canadians should recognize as being derived from residential wood heating. Wood is a renewable resource that does not contribute to global warming. The major cause of global warming is the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide that has been trapped far beneath the surface of the earth for millions of years is now being released through our use of fossil fuels (natural gas, oil). As we increase the efficiency of the products we use, we reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, lessening the impact. The carbon dioxide released through combustion of wood is equal to the amount the tree has absorbed as it grows. Providing forests are managed in a sustainable way, which is almost always the case in our country, the amount of carbon locked up in the forests remains the same. Wisely managed, this represents a huge and immensely valuable fuel resource for Canada in perpetuity. It is completely renewable, virtually carbon neutral and is independent from the whims of foreign governments. While wood and other biomass cannot fulfill all of our future energy requirements, it would be wise to consider them as important components in our future energy mix. Not only is this energy source independent, it also represents tens of millions of dollars in local, largely rural economies.