February 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Building Science Basics course enables builders to hone their knowledge of building science and energy efficiency and lower call back rates.


Halifax, NS.  February 27, 2014 – The renovation and new construction industries have a new resource to help them build more energy efficient housing as a result of Blue House Energy’s launch of its on-line course, Building Science Basics. The comprehensive, self-directed online program is designed for tradespeople, contractors, and builders who want to improve their knowledge of building science and energy efficiency. Understanding the ‘why’ behind energy efficiency measures improves how the work is done, leading to a lower call back rate from homeowners, thereby increasing the efficiency of the work done.


To watch a video tour of the Blue House Energy (BHE) online training, visit: www.bluehouseenergy.com.
The courses are graphically rich, interactive, and accessible. Building Science Basics, which qualifies for BPI continuing education credits, is made up of 3 modules that can be consumed in 10-minute chunks. There are practice exercises, quizzes, and a final exam that leads to a certificate of completion.


“We’ve heard a lot about the knowledge gap in the trades from builders and industry stakeholders and the difficulties in providing basic training to people working in the field,” says Shawna Henderson, CEO of Blue House Energy. “For those who have been away from school for a long time, online, self-paced courses such as ours are a great way to step back into training. The Building Science Basics course could easily become integral to certification programs for all tradespeople.”


Online learning is ideal for those who can’t take time off work, or don’t have access to classroom training. For those who are able to attend face-to-face training, BHE online learning will prepare them so they get maximum value out of the time spent away from work.

“Online learning addresses a major challenge facing the building industry,” notes Hal Richman, Blue House Energy’s COO. “As energy efficiency standards and code requirements increase, we need a variety of ways to bring the workforce up to speed quickly, inexpensively, and with as little time off the job as possible.”
To register for Building Science Basics, or other BHE online training, visit:http://www.bluehouseenergy.com/collections/all


About Blue House Energy
Blue House Energy was formed by business partners Shawna Henderson and Hal Richman as a way to follow through on their belief that ‘It’s not OK to waste energy.’  Working with homeowners and large organizations to reduce energy consumption in houses through BHE sister company, Bfreehomes Design Ltd., they have seen and heard the frustration that clients, builders, and renovators feel daily when the knowledge gap rears its head and problems arise.
BHE strategic partner, Intelliware Development Inc. is a custom software development firm based in Toronto. Intelliware provides the back end development for the online training as well as the host portal for the BHE learning management system.


You can find us on LinkedIn at Shawna Henderson, at Hal Richman and at Blue House Energy.
Our YouTube channel is http://youtu.be/DcGLUXjrEeo
We’re on Twitter @shawnahenders19 and @bluehseNRG
Find us on Facebook at Blue House Energy


For further information:
Shawna Henderson, CEO, Blue House Energy
Shawna@bluehouseenergy.com
office: 1.902.821.3090  direct: 1.902.489.1014
Skype: Shawna_Henderson

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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