Blue House Energy has been online since 2013. The idea of providing cheap and cheerful online training, available whenever you need it, came about (like many things) after a really good dinner. Ideas that had been bumping around for days in marathon brainstorming sessions came together one evening, and we had the beginnings of a plan.
The industry-based problems that drove the ideas have been around for a long time. Blue House Energy CEO, Shawna Henderson, cut her teeth in the R-2000 program in the early 1990s. The online training solution came about, in part, as an answer to the ongoing question of ‘how can we provide more training for more people in the field?’
What drives us
Successful retrofits and new home construction require a solid understanding of building science. As building codes are pushing energy efficiency requirements further, renovators, contractors, and tradespeople need to learn more about building science and good practice to stay in the game.
It’s not OK to waste energy in houses, but the thing is, energy efficient renovations and new construction also improve occupant comfort, health, and safety. There’s a gap between the underlying building science and what goes on in the field, and that can also affect occupant comfort, health, and safety. Not in a good way, either.
It’s not OK to waste energy.
When you work in home construction and renovation, you're on the tools, you're scheduling jobs, you're hustling more work, all the time. You can carry out necessary skill-building exercises on site, but you don’t have time to dive into the concepts behind why you’re using low-volume spray foam in the crack between the stud and the RSO. Time off the jobsite to learn concepts is costly.
It’s not OK to waste energy in your business either, and that’s why we went online.
Blue House Energy provides online learning at a much lower cost and higher convenience compared to classroom training. Our self-paced courses are easy to access and won't take crews off job sites. The animations and videos clearly explain building science and construction technology concepts, so on-the-job skills can be built from a solid foundation.