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EVERY BUILDING  HAS AN ENERGY PROFILE

We work with you and your team to navigate current code requirements and move towards your project's energy goals.  This can manifest in many ways, such as:

Energy Modelling

  • Early stage design analysis
  • BCBC Step Code
  • Code compliance
  • LEED & Built Green
  • Existing Buildings: cost-benefit analysis for upgrades

Energy & Sustainability Certifications

  • Passive House Consulting Services
  • LEED® energy & daylight modelling
  • Portfolio Manager Benchmarking

Incentives

  • BC Hydro, FortisBC & Manitoba Hydro program funding
  • Energy efficiency incentives

Passive House Consulting

  • Full Passive House Consulting
  • PHPP modelling only
  • Thermal detail modelling

    Energy Regulations

    • BCBC Step Code
    • Part 3 & 9 Code navigation
    • ASHRAE 90.1-2010
    • Vancouver ASHRAE Checklist assistance
    • NECB 2011 compliance

    General Energy Analysis & Sustainability Advice

    Mechanical Design System Selection

    Simulating energy solutions for your building

    Established in 2015 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we provide engineering consulting services to the building industry, with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and energy modelling for new and existing buildings.

    At Focal Engineering our philosophy is to produce results that benefit our clients, our community and the environment.  We collaborate with design teams to achieve a project's goals, with a focus on energy opportunities.  By evaluating how design, construction, operation, maintenance and renewal decisions impact the energy performance of a building, we aim to guide the team towards a cost-effective, energy efficient facility.  

    We are a member of the Canadian Passive House Institute. 

    Talk to us about how we can contribute to your next project!

    Our team of energy engineers

    Together, our team brings over 20 years of energy modelling experience to your project.  Hover over pictures for more detailed bios of each team member.

     Susan MacDougall (Hayes)  Susan is a leader in the field of energy modelling in British Columbia.  She is a mechanical engineer and project manager with nearly 15 years of experience and a passion for sustainability, which has been her career focus.  She is the owner of Focal Engineering Inc, which she founded in 2015.    Her certifications include:  - Professional Engineer (Engineers & Geoscientists BC), - LEED® Accredited Professional with a Building Design + Construction Specialty (Green Building Certification Inst.), - Certified Passive House Consultant(Canadian Passive House Inst.), and - PowerSmart Modeller (BC Hydro).  Susan’s work has included mechanical design, energy modelling, research, and other energy analysis for new construction and existing buildings.  Some of her career highlights include presenting at conferences across North America, contributing to several magazine publications, leading the LEED® energy modelling team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Athlete’s Village, and being the lead mechanical designer for two buildings that won Vancouver Regional Construction Association Excellence awards.   Susan is an avid supporter of diversity in engineering, energy modelling and sustainability initiatives, and volunteers at several organizations, mentioned on our  Community  page.  LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-macdougall-399b171

    Susan MacDougall (Hayes)

    Susan is a leader in the field of energy modelling in British Columbia.  She is a mechanical engineer and project manager with nearly 15 years of experience and a passion for sustainability, which has been her career focus.  She is the owner of Focal Engineering Inc, which she founded in 2015.  

    Her certifications include:

    - Professional Engineer (Engineers & Geoscientists BC),
    - LEED® Accredited Professional with a Building Design + Construction Specialty (Green Building Certification Inst.),
    - Certified Passive House Consultant(Canadian Passive House Inst.), and
    - PowerSmart Modeller (BC Hydro).

    Susan’s work has included mechanical design, energy modelling, research, and other energy analysis for new construction and existing buildings.  Some of her career highlights include presenting at conferences across North America, contributing to several magazine publications, leading the LEED® energy modelling team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Athlete’s Village, and being the lead mechanical designer for two buildings that won Vancouver Regional Construction Association Excellence awards. 

    Susan is an avid supporter of diversity in engineering, energy modelling and sustainability initiatives, and volunteers at several organizations, mentioned on our Community page.

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-macdougall-399b171

    Susan MacDougall (Hayes), P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, CPHC
    Building Performance Advisor, Principal

     Riley Beise is an experienced building performance simulator with over eight years of experience working as an energy modeling and building energy specialist. In addition to working with common building types, Riley has experience modeling complex specialty building types including healthcare, nuclear research, aquatics, ice arenas, greenhouse, laboratory, food production, and more. In addition to general energy modeling work for performance programs such as LEED, he has experience applying building performance simulation to specific engineering analysis for natural ventilation, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) airflow studies, occupant thermal comfort, and day-lighting. Other non-simulation work includes retrofit studies for existing buildings.  Riley is a passionate advocate for using building performance simulation as a design tool, and currently sits on the IBPSABC (International Building Performance Simulators Association – BC Chapter) executive committee as education co-chair.  Riley's certifications include:  - Professional Engineer (Registered in BC and Alberta) - Building Energy Modeling Professional (ASHRAE) - Certified Passive House Designer (Canadian Passive House Inst.) - CaGBC Experienced Modeller (Canadian Green Building Council) - PowerSmart Modeller (BC Hydro)

    Riley Beise is an experienced building performance simulator with over eight years of experience working as an energy modeling and building energy specialist. In addition to working with common building types, Riley has experience modeling complex specialty building types including healthcare, nuclear research, aquatics, ice arenas, greenhouse, laboratory, food production, and more. In addition to general energy modeling work for performance programs such as LEED, he has experience applying building performance simulation to specific engineering analysis for natural ventilation, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) airflow studies, occupant thermal comfort, and day-lighting. Other non-simulation work includes retrofit studies for existing buildings.

    Riley is a passionate advocate for using building performance simulation as a design tool, and currently sits on the IBPSABC (International Building Performance Simulators Association – BC Chapter) executive committee as education co-chair.

    Riley's certifications include:

    - Professional Engineer (Registered in BC and Alberta)
    - Building Energy Modeling Professional (ASHRAE)
    - Certified Passive House Designer (Canadian Passive House Inst.)
    - CaGBC Experienced Modeller (Canadian Green Building Council)
    - PowerSmart Modeller (BC Hydro)

    Riley Beise, P.Eng., BEMP, CPHD
    Building Performance Advisor, Principal

     Danny is an Energy Modeller who has worked with Focal for over a year, and comes from a background studying Physics and Computer Science at the University of Victoria. He has experience with a variety of energy modeling programs and has attended a course with Passive House Canada with plans to attend more. He is excited to be working in an industry that is a part of shaping our energy future.  He enjoys the Pacific Northwest outdoors and may be spotted running along Dallas Road or around Thetis Lake. He also enjoys tinkering with open-source software and game development.

    Danny is an Energy Modeller who has worked with Focal for over a year, and comes from a background studying Physics and Computer Science at the University of Victoria. He has experience with a variety of energy modeling programs and has attended a course with Passive House Canada with plans to attend more. He is excited to be working in an industry that is a part of shaping our energy future.

    He enjoys the Pacific Northwest outdoors and may be spotted running along Dallas Road or around Thetis Lake. He also enjoys tinkering with open-source software and game development.

     

    Danny Taylor
    Energy Modeller

     

     

    Leo is our official office greeter and walk supervisor.  He is quick to remind us when we have been sitting for too long and helps keep us healthy and happy.

     

    we believe in the value of community

    We volunteer with several organizations.  Currently, we contribute to the following groups:

    Riley

    • International Building Performance Simulation Association, BC Chapter: Education Co-Chair 2016-present

    Susan

    • International Building Performance Simulation Association, BC Chapter: Chair 2015-present
    • Engineers & Geoscientists BC: Councillor for 2016-18,
      Council Appointee for:
      • Professional Practice Committee: 2016-17
      • Climate Change Advisory Group: 2016-18
      • Corporate Regulation Task Force: 2017-18
      • 30 by 30 Champion: 2017-18

    Susan's past involvement includes:

    • International Building Performance Simulation Association, BC Chapter: External Communications 2013-2014
    • Light House Sustainable Building Centre: Director, 2013-2014
    • APEGBC Editorial Board: Board Member, 2009-2016
    • YWCA High School Mentorship Program: Mentor, 2007-2012
    • APEGBC Division for Advancement of Women in Engineering and Geoscience: Finance Director, 2005-2006

    Susan has also sat on numerous provincial and national code-related committees.

    If you are interested in learning more about any of these wonderful organizations, contact us and we'll connect you.

    Check out a sample of our fun projects!

    Victoria Office in Market Square
    #215 560 Johnson Street
    Victoria, BC
    V8W 3C6

    T: (250) 661-3817

    Email: hello (at) focaleng.com

    Vancouver
    We are regularly in Vancouver. If you would like to arrange a meeting let us know and we can come to your office or host you at the location below.

    T: (604) 842-7893

     
     
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