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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...

OK, so who should take Building Science Basics?

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...

Reblog: What's Reasonable vs. What's Heroic

Ann Edminster, M.Arch, LEED AP (a long time colleague) is a recognized international expert on green-home design and a principal developer of the...

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 ...

Feedback is Good

It's always gratifying to hear that you're doing good things --  Jon Eakes did an article on web-based learning for trades in the November issue of...

A deeper discussion of deeper energy efficiency measures

    Here's a good read from Nate Adams from Energy Smart Ohio, on problems associated with energy efficiency programs, single-action bias and l...

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...

Why we need good training in building science

There are lots of horror stories out there about mold, rot, stink, decay, health problems and even death associated with energy efficiency measures and airtight houses. Most of them come from the early days of 'live' experiments where good things were done, with all the right intentions but only half of the concept was in place...house-as-a-system was not the by-word of the late 70s/early 80s homebuilding/renovating world. And in many instances where new horror stories appear, it's pretty obvious to those who are conversant in building science that 'house-as-a-system' is ***still*** not the by-word of the homebuilding/renovating world.X

Blue House Energy Launches Building Science Basics Online

Toot Toot!! We sent out a press release/announcement today launching Building Science Basics, which is now eligible for BPI Continuing Education Cr...

Construction Instruction

We love this app. It's juicy, it's easy to use and it's built by a trio of fellahs we respect a lot: Gord Cooke, Mark LaLiberte, Justin Wilson. The...

Fragments and knowledge gaps

BHE is based on translating the knowledge we have about building science and energy efficiency in housing into a format that is accessible to those already working in the home building industry. Labourers, tradespeople, renovators and contractors, as well as those who are less hands-on but still involved in the industry: office managers, internal sales teams etc.

As a set of crafts and trades that really grew into a commodity-based industry only after World War II, housing is still finding its feet as a cohesive industry. The many trades and interests that come together to build a house all have their own silos of expertise. As energy prices and environmental concerns have created the need for energy efficiency measures and green building issues, the fragmentation of the industry has continued. Now not only do we have builders, tradespeople, contractors and inspectors, appraisers and mortgage lenders, but a whole layer of techno-weenie evaluators, assessors, trainers, designers, and consultants (yes, I am wearing my appropriate hats).

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