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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...

How much of a building science wonk is BHE CEO Shawna?

When they think you don't know but you know Got to love Marisa Tomei Posted by Hardcore Italians on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bonus Points for Blended Learning

There's a lot of times when face-to-face training is the only thing that will do. Especially in the home performance industry: hands-on is the onl...

Our Training just got more affordable

Hey 2015! Here at Blue House Energy, we've a big thanks to everyone who took our Building Science Basics online course in 2014. We've been praised ...

Valuing the role of the appraiser in home performance

Here's something near and dear to the heart of anyone involved in the home performance industry: how to make energy efficiency sexy, appealing, and...

So much to know...

It's hard to wrap your head around the amount of number crunching that goes into energy analysis, and how to prioritize your time and effort when working on a project. There are energy modelling tools that can be used that make it easier, but in a lot of cases, the easier the modelling tool is to use, and the less actual, real-world performance testing data you input, the more likely the result will be a ball-park figure that doesn't relate to actual energy usage, or actual heating or cooling loads.

Sales and Marketing

It's a hard thing sometimes, to wear so many hats. Contractors and trades people are often the brains, brawn and bean counters of their small busin...

Building Science and HVAC stuff

There is this disconnect in our industry. It's around building science and the ways that all the systems in the house work together or against each...

Hold the phone...Infrared camera?!?

This video demonstration by Ben Gromicko at InterNACHI shows a very cool addition to an iphone...an infrared camera. $350 cost, about 1/10 the cost...

Producing online training

We've been in the depths of production of our own courses for several months now, and we are now working with a few clients on some custom courses....

ACI 2014 -- Bridging the Gap

Reflecting on last month’s adventure to Detroit and the ACI national conference...

Biggest takeaway: I love building science wonks and home performance fanatics. They know how to discuss, argue, collaborate and host a wicked party (talking ‘bout you Mike Rogers and zymurgy accomplices).

We kicked off our collaboration with Bill Spohn and TruTech Tools at ACI. And standing at the booth, surrounded by all the testing equipment, I certainly had a yearning to get back into fieldwork full time! (I tried to be discreet about fondling air flow meters and such.) I’m very happy Blue House Energy is associated with TruTech. Bill and his crew are knowledgeable, likeable guys, with a great reputation in the industry.

So many good sessions to hit, not one person could take them all in. I’m happy to read recaps of the Great Ventilation Debate on the Energy Vanguard and OMStout blogs. I have to turn some focus back onto the state of ventilation standards in Canada to grock how the ASHRAE changes will impact F-326, or not (will post what I find out sometime).

I got a lot out of the speed dating session on on-line tools and resources.

I took in the sessions around bridging industry gaps, because that’s what I’m all about right now. Identifying the places where understanding energy efficiency and building science are blocked, or are blocking, uptake by any segment of the value chain.

Out of the Classroom and Into the Box

We're pleased to be presenting at a free webinar hosted by BPI on online learning systems that support building science and home performance traini...