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4 Essential Market Trends for the Residential Construction and Renovation Industry in 2021

Shawna HendersonOctober 02, 2020

This article is a summary of a session titled Essential Market Trends to Grow Your Business presented on 30 September 2020 by Sara Gutterman, Co-Founder and CEO of Green Builder Media (online and print media for new construction, retrofit, and prefab) at the EEBA 2020 Virtual Summit.  Green Builder Media has developed a pay-per use data...

Three Things You Need to Know About Energy Efficiency in Houses

Shawna HendersonFebruary 20, 2017

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 out if you need this course or not, take a shot at answering these questions: What happens to the neutral pressure plane when you air...

What Grade Does Your Insulation Belong In?

Shawna HendersonFebruary 01, 2017

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 installation, with a Grade 1 installation being the best and Grade 3 being the worst. When batt insulation is installed properly, it touches all six sides...

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...

11 Flavours of Sustainability

Shawna HendersonMay 19, 2016

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 world of low-impact, sustainable housing is, and was, a challenge. It's something that our CEO, Shawna Henderson, has been passionate about since the early 1990s....

Fort MacMurray - How to Help, How to Find People

Shawna HendersonMay 05, 2016

Info about donations, contacting evacuees, check in on FB, etc. #ymm fire I cut & pasted this from a Greenpeace email. Helpful Info. Donate: The Red Cross has set up an emergency ‘Alberta Fires’ appeal. Click here to donate. Supplies: Here’s a crowdsourced Facebook page to connect Fort McMurray residents...

The Value of Continuing Education for the Homebuilding Industry

Shawna HendersonMay 03, 2016

Shawna wrote about the value of continuing education. The article was featured in Tarion's latest 'Breaking Ground newsletter. Posted here for all to read! Competency training and continuing education/professional development are the things that fulfill Blue House Energy's mission to help build industry capacity. Gaps in training and knowledge have...

New ANSI Standard for Blower Door Testing in the US

Shawna HendersonApril 29, 2016

Mark Butler posted this article by Rick Karg (Residential Energy Dynamics) in the RESNET group on LinkedIn -- I thought it might be helpful to spread it around a little further. Here's the article:ANSI 380 -2016 Rick notes that there are some changes and improvements -- most sound positive, clarification...

New Ontario Builders: Deadlines Are Sneaking Up!

Shawna HendersonApril 21, 2016

If you are a new builder/vendor who registered with Tarion after September 2015, your registration renewal is based on proving you have completed competency training in 7 areas. If you haven't started on this educational process, your time is running out! The competencies must be achieved by their annual renewal...

7 Areas of Business All Builders Need to be Successful

Shawna HendersonMarch 24, 2016

Builders need to be good on the tools. But they also need to know about construction technology and building science, building codes, have a certain level of business savvy, know about project management, the legal issues that affect their business, and they also need to cultivate mad customer service skillz....

The Three Videos BC Builders Need to Watch!

Shawna HendersonMarch 23, 2016

As of October 2015, the HPO beefed up the licensing process for builders. New applicants must meet certain competency requirements and existing builders will have to hit a level of continuing professional development (CPD) credits to maintain their good standing. The new requirements are being phased in over a 15...

Net Zero Energy Labelling Program in Canada

Shawna HendersonMarch 22, 2016

CHBA has created a Net Zero Energy (NZE) label for builders and renovators who are stepping up their game to NZE levels. To make it happen, you need training, right? But training costs $$ to develop and deliver. So 3 of the CHBA NZE Housing Council sponsor members (Owens Corning,...

How To Say What A Job Does, Part 2

Shawna HendersonMarch 15, 2016

Job Task Analysis can be a formidable challenge. It’s about breaking down a job into tasks and then analyzing them. How do you best say what a job does? There needs to be method, or it ends up in madness. Here’s a simplified version of the process for ‘just in time’ or ‘on the job’ training