Julia Purdy

Julia Purdy

Housing Project Leader, Natural Resources Canada


Julia Purdy has been studying energy use in Canadian homes since she joined Natural Resources Canada in 1999.

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.

Prior to joining NRCan, Julia completed undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.Sc. and M.Sc.E.) in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University.