Julia Purdy, Research Engineer, Building Energy Technologies, CANMET Energy Technology Centre, has studied energy use in Canadian homes since she joined Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 1999 and prior to joining NRCan, Julia completed undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.Sc. and M.Sc.E.) in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University.

Julia leads NRCan’s efforts to identify low-energy pathways for Northern and remote housing. In her work, Julia develops optimization tools that can compare thousands of different combinations of energy technologies in home design and renovation. In partnership with housing corporations, Julia is using these findings to develop new guidelines for resilient, affordable, and low-energy construction in Canada’s North.