The NFI Advocacy Program represents the industry’s shared commitment in promoting excellence in the performance and safety of hearth products and systems. In 2003, NFI created the NFI Advocate Program to encourage hearth appliance and venting system manufacturers to embrace NFI and promote the certification program to its dealers and distributors. To become an NFI Advocate, the company must:
1. Suggest or recommend in all relevant installation manuals that installation of their company’s hearth appliances be performed by an NFI Certified Specialist, using the following language, as appropriate:
For gas-fueled products: “We [suggest or recommend] that our gas hearth products be installed and serviced by professionals who are certified in the United States by NFI (National Fireplace Institute®).”;
For wood-fueled products: “We [suggest or recommend] that our woodburning hearth products be installed and serviced by professionals who are certified in the United States by NFI (National Fireplace Institute®) or in Canada by WETT (Wood Energy Technical Training).”;
For pellet-fueled products: “We [suggest or recommend] that our pellet hearth products be installed and serviced by professionals who are certified in the United States by NFI (National Fireplace Institute®) or in Canada by WETT (Wood Energy Technical Training).”;
2. Continually offer and/or promote NFI training and certification exams to their dealers; and
3. Apply for NFI Continuing Education Units (hereinafter “CEUs”) towards NFI certification renewal for all of their training sessions and, once they have received approval to offer CEUs, following all appropriate attendance rules to facilitate the distribution of certificates to their attendees and record keeping for NFI Certified Specialists so that they may renew their NFI certifications through the earning of CEUs.
By becoming an NFI Advocate Company, the manufacturer demonstrates its commitment to professionalism and the NFI Certification Program. The NFI program benefits from the NFI Advocate Program because do-it-yourself installers, retailers, building and code officials, legislators and regulators will see in the instruction manuals the manufacturer’s support for NFI and commitment to public safety.
American Energy Systems
Archgard Industries Ltd.
Bernard Dalsin Manufacturing Co.
Big Woods Hearth Products
Blaze King Industries
Empire Comfort Systems Inc.
Hargrove Manufacturing Corp.
Harman Home Heating
Hearth & Home Technologies, Inc.
Hearth Products Controls Co.
HearthStone Quality Home Heating Products, Inc.
Hestia Heating Products
Hudson River Stove Works
ICC Industrial Chimney Company
Innovative Hearth Products
J. A. Roby Inc
Jøtul North America, Inc.
M&G Dura-Vent Co., Inc.
Mendota Hearth Products
Morsø US LLC
Napoleon/Wolf Steel Ltd.
Pacific Energy Fireplace Products, Ltd.
Regency Fireplace Products/FPI
Robert H. Peterson Company
Sherwood Industries Ltd.
Stove Builder International (SBI)
Thelin Hearth Products
Travis Industries, Inc.
U.S. Stove Co.
Valor/Miles Industries Ltd.
Vermont Castings Group