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.

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 blogs from one author or more.

environmental protection
Blue House Energy’s Energy Advisor Training and Mentoring - how to get past ‘go’ and into EA training.
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OK, so, we use a lot of energy. It takes energy to make energy. It takes energy to transport fuel, it takes energy to make the vehicles and... Read more

In January, we’ve had the opportunity to go walk through NRCan’s new... Read more

LEEP Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships logo, a program offered to builders by Natural Resources Canada

 We're moving towards more energy efficient buildings - and so is the building code! That means our high performance houses must be code... Read more

A street in an older neighbourhood, showing two-storey houses built before 1970. These houses could be good candidates for air sealing and weatherization work.

Once again for those in the back.

A. Houses don’t need to breathe.

B. People need to breathe.
... Read more

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This series of articles looks at the fundamentals of building science and how you apply them in diagnosing the conditions that are... Read more

A perspective rendering of the Sundance Housing Co-op in Edmonton Alberta, deep energy renovation by Peter Amerongen and Butterwick Group.

Check out this video. Take a half-hour to listen to some hard facts and some exciting ways that Canadians are working on mitigating climate change... Read more

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Happy fall! It’s soon time to hunker down with a good read, in a warm room, with a hot beverage. Here are five items that will have an impact on... Read more
Residential energy efficiency has been a thing in Canada for a long time, but it’s voluntary status has left us with uneven training paths.

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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