Our team of energy engineers

Together, our partners bring nearly 25 years of energy modelling experience to your project, while our team keeps growing and adding new areas of expertise to our services. 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 founded Focal Engineering 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 founded Focal Engineering 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

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

Susan MacDougall, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, CPHD
Building Performance Advisor, Principal

Danny is is an Energy Modeller and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) who has worked with Focal for since 2015, 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 is an Energy Modeller and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) who has worked with Focal for since 2015, 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.

Sarah recently obtained her Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria with a specialization in Energy Systems. She loves talking about all things energy and looks forward to learning more about Passive House and other environmentally-friendly building solutions.  When not at work, Sarah loves being outside, usually in the form of hiking or camping. She’s also an avid swing dancer, and has recently taken up sewing.

Sarah recently obtained her Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria with a specialization in Energy Systems. She loves talking about all things energy and looks forward to learning more about Passive House and other environmentally-friendly building solutions.

When not at work, Sarah loves being outside, usually in the form of hiking or camping. She’s also an avid swing dancer, and has recently taken up sewing.

Sarah Shepherd, E.I.T.
Energy Modeller

Danny Taylor
Energy Modeller, CPHC


 

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