Whole House Energy Retrofit


4 Interest-Free payments of only $98.75
Only available for payment in CAD

Intermediate Level

6 Weeks

24–36 Hours

The Whole House Energy Retrofit Course covers the Envelope First approach to a variety of retrofits; how to develop the Whole House Energy Retrofit through a systematic investigation and analysis; how to avoid unintended consequences when determining retrofit solutions; and how to create phased roadmaps that include future proofing and resiliency measures.

Canada has a wide range of housing types, vintages, and construction styles. That’s why this course has three ‘streams’:

  1. Main: for the most common types of houses found across the country in Climate Zones 4, 5, and 6 that were built before 1980

  2. Special Cases: for heritage (designated or not) houses, rubble foundations, permanent wood foundations, and solid masonry or solid wood walls

  3. Northern: for houses built in Climate Zones 7a, 7b, and 8

Bonus Course Included!

Our Whole House Energy Retrofit course comes with Building Science Basics ($95 value) as a bonus course in your training plan!

Course Overview

Built Green Whole House Energy Retrofit is a partner project between Built Green Canada and Blue House Energy.

This course aligns with Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide for Houses Rating System and its envelope-first building science approach. The curriculum dovetails with Built Green’s Renovation programs that include energy efficiency as a key focus and goes on to other critical aspects of sustainable building—like materials and methods, water conservation, and waste management.

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This course will be released in phases so you can get started now! Learn more about our phased approach:

Important Details

  • Whole House Energy Retrofit is a continuing education course for members of Built Green Canada. Contact the Built Green Canada office (info@builtgreencanada.ca or 1-855-485-0920) for your discount code.

  • This course takes 24-36 hours to complete (including reviews, quizzes, etc.)

  • The main part of this course is made up of 5 modules.

    • There are two separate streams: Special Cases and Northern Housing. These are also broken out into modules.

    • Each module includes a downloadable study guide.

    • You have access to Building Science Basics as a BONUS course in your training plan.

  • There is a review and quiz at the end of each module. You can review any section as many times as you like.

  • Once you have completed all of the modules in the main stream, you can take the final test (you may only take once)

  • A grade of at least 70% earns you a Certificate of Achievement

  • Like all BHE courses, you have access for 12 months
  • The course is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. It works on tablets, but it’s really hard to see all the details on a phone!

  • Sales within Canada are subject to GST/HST

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Module 1: Introduction to Whole House Energy Retrofits

  • Introduction
  • Whole House Energy Retrofits
  • Retrofit Hazards and Safety

Module 2: Building Science and the Existing House

  • What’s Your Type
  • Foundations
  • Roofs and Ceilings
  • Above Grade Walls
  • Windows and Doors

Module 3: Upgrading the Building Envelope

  • The Envelope First
  • Foundation
  • Roofs and Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Windows

Module 4: Updates and Upgrades for Mechanical Systems

  • What you’ve got and how to upgrade
  • Ventilation
  • Space Conditioning
  • Domestic Hot Water
  • Replacing Existing Equipment
  • Electrification/Fuel Switching


Module 5: Roadmaps for Whole House Energy Retrofits

  • Anticipating Change
  • Financing Issues
  • Phased Roadmaps

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of existing Canadian housing types, vintages and construction assemblies

  • Explain the Envelope First approach to a variety of retrofits and its importance to Canadian housing

  • Explain how to develop the Whole House Energy Retrofit through a systematic investigation and analysis of ‘what you’ve got’

  • Describe how to avoid unintended consequences when determining retrofit solutions by using the house as a system concept to improve the performance of the building envelope

  • List ways to update mechanical systems before emergency replacement is needed

  • Provide examples of retrofit roadmaps based on condition, vintage, and region

  • Discuss, at a high level, the importance of roadmaps and future proofing

Credit Value

Completing this course qualifies you for:

BC Housing: 20 CPD Points