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Three Things You Need to Know About Energy Efficiency in Houses

Three Things You Need to Know About Energy Efficiency in Houses
If you work in home construction and renovation, you know about energy efficiency measures. But do you really know it? If you’re trying to figure o...

What Grade Does Your Insulation Belong In?

In the US, there’s a requirement for HERS raters to determine if batt insulation has been installed properly. There are three ‘grades’ of batt inst...

Presenting? Use Adult Education Techniques To Up Your Game

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 ca...

RaterFest! 2016 or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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

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 sub...

Building an Industry With No Capacity

After reading many reports and white papers on energy efficiency and the housing industry in North America, I am continuously stunned at how many t...

11 Flavours of Sustainability

This blog article first appeared on Shawna's Bfreehomes blog in April 2016. Please reblog as you want! Keeping track of what's going on in the wor...

Fort MacMurray - How to Help, How to Find People

Info about donations, contacting evacuees, check in on FB, etc. #ymm fire I cut & pasted this from a Greenpeace email. Helpful Info. Donate: Th...

The Value of Continuing Education for the Homebuilding Industry

Shawna wrote about the value of continuing education. The article was featured in Tarion's latest 'Breaking Ground newsletter. Posted here for all ...

New ANSI Standard for Blower Door Testing in the US

Mark Butler posted this article by Rick Karg (Residential Energy Dynamics) in the RESNET group on LinkedIn -- I thought it might be helpful to spre...

New Ontario Builders: Deadlines Are Sneaking Up!

New Ontario Builders: Deadlines Are Sneaking Up!
If you are a new builder/vendor who registered with Tarion after September 2015, your registration renewal is based on proving you have completed...

7 Areas of Business All Builders Need to be Successful

Builders need to be good on the tools. But they also need to know about construction technology and building science, building codes, have a certai...