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.

environmental protection
Blue House Energy’s Energy Advisor Foundation Training Bundle - how to get past ‘go’ and into EA training.
Houses in the snow
An update for January 2018 on Blue House Energy Continuing Education and Professional Development Credits.
Statistics on women in the construction industry. Source: New Homes & Renovations, 1 Oct 2017 online edition
Is that really a question?
Why reinvent the wheel at incredible cost and effort when organizations like Blue House Energy provide Software as a Service already?
Thinking of developing and delivering online or blended learning? Your Total Cost of Ownership will be high. Let Blue House Energy reduce it for you.
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.
Thinking of developing and delivering online or blended learning? Your Total Cost of Ownership will be high. Let Blue House Energy reduce it for you.
Poor Communications in Construction Processes can lead to quality control problems on building sites
Communication is key to a successful project. So why are construction projects often run like bad games of ‘telephone’?
Hard-working hands have always been the tools needed to make good houses.
Trickle-down education isn't helping the homebuilding industry as it moves from old school construction to high performance housing. Here are 5 ways... 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

The right combination of skills, knowledge and behaviours that meet the requirements of a job is important for the success of your company and staff.

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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