Here at Blue House Energy, we have a lot to say about a lot of things. Our favourite things are: building science, online training, successful instructional design, collaboration, improving industry capacity, and performance management.

We also like to talk about great projects and case studies, initiatives like Net Zero Energy Labelling from CHBA, innovations in building materials, assemblies, and processes, and what our colleagues in and around building science are doing. Sometimes we shut up and get them to talk about what they’re doing.

We’ve got two main blogs, Shawna’s and Hal’s. Shawna gets into the details of building science and industry initiatives. Hal focuses on performance management -- what that means and how to get the best out of your training budget. When managers and employees commit to a process where they plan, monitor and review training objectives together, the overall contribution to the organization is bigger and better.

You can use the filters below to read one or both blogs.

Why reinvent the wheel at incredible cost and effort when organizations like Blue House Energy provide Software as a Service already?

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a way of looking at the value of the lifecycle of a capital purchase. It looks at the costs associated with the... Read more

Knowledge and understanding is gained in many ways. For example, drafting skills include hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and memorization. Visual learning and kinetic learning are the two main ways that these skills are built.

Blended learning is a term used for training that uses any combination of on-demand and live online education resources, face-to-face classroom... Read more

Poor Communications in Construction Processes can lead to quality control problems on building sites

There’s a game I played, like many others when I was a kid, called  ‘Telephone’. You know, where you stand in a line with all the other... Read more

Hard-working hands have always been the tools needed to make good houses.

There is a significant knowledge gap that shows up in different parts of our industry at different times and with different players.... Read more

To be successful in residential construction, you need skilled hands on the tools. That’s the main reason people hire a contractor, a builder, or... Read more

Does your staff lack the bundles of skills needed to understand how to use a new product, the best way to insulate a knee wall and the importance... Read more

If you work in home construction and renovation, you know about energy efficiency measures. But do you really know it? If you’re trying to figure... Read more
Hanging insulation
In the US, there’s a requirement for HERS raters to determine if batt insulation has been installed properly. There are three ‘grades’ of batt... Read more
When you're presenting at a conference, you have a limited amount of time to engage your audience and offer experience or participation, but you can... Read more

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What our customers are saying

  • If you are planning a house build or renovation, understanding Building Science is important to avoid repetitive heating costs and possible water damage later. Shawna and her team know their stuff.

    K.W., General Manager, Halifax, NS
  • Studies over the last 20 years have shown a worrying energy performance gap – where buildings are consistently found to use more heating energy than designers had predicted and Energy Performance Certificates indicate.

    Oliver Drerup, Former Head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - International
  • I am pleased to hear that you will be undertaking a new initiative to further trades training in residential energy efficiency. CMHC supports the building of industry awareness and capacity to deliver more sustainable technologies and practices in the housing sector.

    Duncan Hill, P. Eng., Acting Director, Sustainable Housing and Communities Policy and Research Policy, Research and Planning, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Over the last 20+ years I have been speaking to and training thousands of new home builders and renovators across North America.

    Gord Cooke, Air Solutions
  • All I can say is … wow!  You have nailed it! I just watched the 5 minute overview of what all your training videos will attempt to accomplish, and am very impressed.  I am so proud that I know you both, this is incredibly good.

    Gregory A. Pedrick, C.E.M., Project Manager, New York State Energy Efficiency Agency
  • This training is easy use and in a perfect format.

    Dan Drummond, Training Director, Canada Wood China
  • It is very well centred on the learner's experience. Visually-based rather than text-based delivery make the modules straightforward and non-intimidating. I like the way the expected learning outcomes are clearly presented and the information is clearly applicable to practical work.

    Michelle Harding, Professional Builders Institute of BC
  • This is primo education that goes way beyond training.

    Chris Rosemont, BASF