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Hearth & Home Technologies Offers Continuing Education Course for Specifying Fireplaces to Meet Green Building Programs

5/12/2008 (Minneapolis)

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Hearth & Home Technologies is demonstrating its dedication to improving environmentally friendly building with a new online continuing education course, entitled Specifying Fireplaces to Meet National Green Building Programs for People, Planet and Profit. The course is free and will be available in late June 2008 at www.fireplaces.com.

Focusing on healthy whole hearth systems, the course is designed to educate viewers on the different types of hearth systems referenced and prescribed in the national green building programs, including U.S. Green Building Councils (USGBC) LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR Indoor Air Package and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Home Building Standards. As the course demonstrates, green standards for hearth products are differentiated or categorized according to hearth design, type of fuel used and venting system.

We are committed to enhancing the designers and specifiers knowledge of hearth products, says Jim Plucker, manager of architectural services for Hearth & Home Technologies. This course will educate users on the comparative similarities of the national green standards as they relate to fireplaces, stoves and inserts. Also, clear and meaningful demonstrations illustrate why some of these types do not meet the standards for green building programs.

After completing the course, users will understand how program consensus supports the use of sealed combustion fireplaces and EPA certified products as a better hearth system in terms of home comfort, energy efficiency and impact on environmental air quality.

The course can be completed as time permits, and upon passing, designers and specifiers will be able to print a certificate of completion for their records. The course qualifies for 1.0 Learning Unit and as a Health Safety and Welfare (HSW) credit. AIA members will automatically have their transcripts updated with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) upon the successful completion of a short quiz. This course will also be taught by Hearth & Home Technologies group of certified instructors in the communities they serve.

About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.

Hearth & Home Technologies leads the industry with a wide range of environmentally sustainable whole hearth systems. The Hearth & Home Technologies family includes Heatilator, Heat & Glo, Quadra-Fire and Harman brand hearth products and Fireside Hearth & Home brand hearth design centers. The companys environmentally sustainable fireplaces provide energy-efficiency, warmth/comfort and excellent indoor air quality. Hearth & Home Technologies environmentally sustainable fireplaces are also manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth and Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States.