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.

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industrial kitchen
Homes are becoming more airtight, with more powerful exhaust devices and specialized spice kitchens, causing depressurization problems.
A passive solar house in Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Regardless of what you’re building, in high-performance construction or renovation windows are always going to be your biggest challenge. They are... Read more

Do you possess excellent customer service skills and are passionate about helping customers increase the energy efficiency of their homes? If your... Read more
Learning styles are different for each learner, and some industries attract certain types of learners more than others.
Get Ready
Blue House Energy’s Energy Advisor Foundation Training Bundle: 5 steps to a great new career path!
Sustainability Helix
Energy efficiency measures come at a cost, but what about the long-term benefits that come with homeowner stability and established communities?
Sustainability Helix
Building Code changes that require energy efficiency measures will increase capital costs, but what about the non-energy benefits they accrue?
Energy Advisors, Auditors, & Evaluators all rely on a blower door to gauge the performance of new & existing housing.
Energy Advisors, Auditors, & Evaluators all rely on a blower door to gauge the performance of new & existing housing. Your blower door... Read more
wasting money
Don’t waste your money on training: make the most out of training for staff and crew with management support and buy-in.


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