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Meet Donald Fast - Building Performance Engineer

Shawna HendersonOctober 25, 2022

A summary of conversation between BHE’s Program Coordinator Carla Harder (CH) and Introduction to HOT2000 Modelling instructor, Donald Fast (DF) from Capital Home Energy. You can watch or read through our conversation with Donald.   CH:  So, tell me a little bit about what you were doing before you actually...

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...

Presenting? Use Adult Education Techniques To Up Your Game

Shawna HendersonSeptember 26, 2016

When you're presenting at a conference, you have a limited amount of time to engage your audience and offer experience or participation, but you can certainly engage your audience more directly by knowing something about adult education. This was part of the session I presented at RaterFest! The thing is,...

RaterFest! 2016 or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna HendersonSeptember 22, 2016

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who wants to be inside listening to endless presenters and trapped in a trade show maze?

RaterFest! 2016

Shawna HendersonAugust 31, 2016

We're excited. Shawna's leading a session at EnergyLogic's un-conference, RaterFest, this year (Sep 15-18). She gets to talk about her favorite subject: the knowledge gap.Its been a constant thread through the last couple of decades: leaps and bounds in the understanding of building science, leading to a bunch of well-trained...

Building an Industry With No Capacity

Shawna HendersonMay 20, 20161 comment

After reading many reports and white papers on energy efficiency and the housing industry in North America, I am continuously stunned at how many times references to need for comprehensive trades training in energy efficiency comes up, yet there is little more indicated than it should be considered. Reducing energy...