Napoleon Unveils Accredited Online Course

A new, accredited continuing-education course offered by Napoleon aims to give industry professionals a deeper understanding of gas hearth appliances, which have been outselling traditional wood-burning fireplaces in the marketplace, in recent years. The online course, Gas Hearth Appliances: Enhancing Living Environments, can now be found at AEC Daily’s online learning center (

Participants in the course will get an overview of a variety of gas hearth appliances (such as logs, stoves, inserts, fireplaces, and outdoor fireplaces), as well as the principal types of venting systems that are currently available. The course will also cover the installation of gas hearth appliances and related safety issues, including minimum clearances to combustibles, vent-pipe clearances, finishing materials, and placement of the appliances.

Greg Thomas, director of sales, says, “We’re excited to be able to offer the industry this accredited course as a learning resource. The popularity of gas-burning fireplaces and hearth appliances continues to grow, and it’s important that architects, designers, and [installers] fully understand the equipment and how it should be used.”

At the end of the course, participants should be able to define the features of gas hearth appliances, as well as the benefits of specifying a gas hearth appliance over a wood-burning solution; discuss characteristic of the different varieties of gas hearth products; list and explain the principal types of vent systems used with gas hearth appliances; and state the considerations that are required to facilitate a successful hearth-appliance installation.