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New Training Partner!

Shawna HendersonJuly 26, 2022

We’re pleased to announce that Efficiency Nova Scotia is now offering Construction Technology, Envelope Fundamentals and BGC Net Zero Energy for New Construction as ongoing professional development for their Preferred Partner Network. EPP Members get a 50% discount! Direct links to BHE offerings: Construction Technology Envelope Fundamentals BGC Net Zero...

Energy Advisor Exam Prep Gets an Upgrade

Shawna HendersonJuly 22, 2022

Registrants for the Energy Advisor Exam Prep will see a reduced cost, and will automatically have a priority seat in our upcoming live HOT2000 training programs, at the early bird price.

Energy Advisor in the Field: Tips on being a Contractor or an Employee

Shawna HendersonJuly 14, 2022

One of the people who has gone through Blue House Energy’s Foundation Exam Prep and Energy Advisor Exam Prep program wrote to me and asked this question:  “I currently have two offers of employment to get me going as an EA. One is as a contractor, paid on a per...

This Must Be The Place, Season 3: Another 18 Episodes of BS*

Shawna HendersonJuly 06, 2022

Hard to believe, but 7 July is the launch of Season Three of This Must Be the Place: The Building Science podcast! With 36 great episodes under our belt, we decided to change things up a bit for this season. Our next 18 episodes will be broken into three themes,...

Learn on the Road: Building Construction Technology Online Courses Now in Audio

Shawna HendersonJune 16, 2022

We know where you live. In your vehicle. And you like podcasts. It used to be that listening to the radio was the norm while driving, or when working on a construction site. CBC Radio 1 used to be on all day, every day on most sites when Blue House...

How 18 Building Science Podcasts Make Me A Better Person

Shawna HendersonJune 07, 2022

Listening to podcasts is a great way to expand your understanding of the world. As a podcaster myself, I love to ask questions and then sit back and listen to other people’s stories and their takes on our industry, and how the built environment affects each and every one of...

International Women's Day

Shawna HendersonMarch 08, 2022

This year marks the second season of This Must Be The Place- The Building Science Podcast. Shawna has welcomed a number of women to the table for thoughtful, engaging conversation in all areas of the sector. Listen to how they inspire change and innovation to help create better building practices, policy, and guidelines that impact energy efficiency.

Adventures with Monitors, Humidifiers and Filters

Shawna HendersonMarch 03, 2022

What do building science wonks do in the vague days between Christmas and New Years? They eat and rest and eat and rest, and then get bored and start to wonder about things like relative humidity, indoor air quality, air cleaners and filtration, and how they relate to their own house. Well, that’s what I did this year.

HEPA Filters - 3 Key Things You Need to Know for Classrooms

Shawna HendersonJanuary 10, 2022

I bought a tested HEPA portable air cleaner for my main living space to help reduce viral and allergen loads. It’s doing a good job. The specifications for 170 s.f. space are shown to the right. Each model shows three ‘CADR’ (Clean Air Delivery Rate) measurements, one for tobacco smoke,...

Sexism in the construction industry - Shawna Henderson joins CBC’s “The Current” to discus

Shawna HendersonDecember 13, 2021

Join Blue House Energy CEO Shawna Henderson and owner of Belle Construction Kendall Ansen on CBC's "The Current" podcast, as they discuss the history of sexism in the construction industry, and its effect on women leaving the trades.   Listen to the podcast here

What does that EnerGuide for Houses Rating Mean?

Shawna HendersonSeptember 21, 2021

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) delivers the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS). Nearly all energy conservation and energy efficiency programs and incentives in Canada use the ERS to benchmark existing energy use and potential savings. If you had your house evaluated, you can check for the ERS label, likely on or around...

Energy Advisor: What's the Investment?

Shawna HendersonAugust 10, 2021

There’s a lot to know when it comes to being an energy advisor. When Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan made the Greener Homes Initiative announcement back in May, he mentioned that a person already in the industry could get trained in a week. While that’s technically true, it’s not real...

Remembrance and Reflection this July 1st

Shawna HendersonJuly 01, 2021

June has been a difficult month. With confirmation that over 1,300 Indigenous children were stolen from their families, only to die or be killed and buried without being named or honoured, our country is in a time of awakening and mourning. We know that this is just the beginning since...

Energy Advisor: What's the Business Case?

Shawna HendersonJune 24, 2021

Blue House Energy is inundated w/requests from folks interested in becoming an Energy Advisor.  We’re not complaining!  No, no, no, we’re super excited to answer all of your questions. So this is the first in a series on the business of being an EA, reflecting some of the common questions...

A Primer on Climate Zones

Shawna HendersonMay 19, 2021

Are there 3, 4, 5, or 6 Climate Zones in Canada? Yes. Let me explain. First, let's talk about Degree Days. Heating Degree Days quantifies how much the temperature dips below 18°C in a year in a location. The higher the HDD value, the colder the winter temperatures are, and...