The Story of HiH Energy

HiH started out as a dream conceived by its Founder while on a travel sabbatical. The idea was to create a company with a complete focus on promoting harmony between the built environment and the natural environment. Hence the acronym HiH stands for “Homes in Harmony”.

Focusing on an area of passion has allowed us to put our values into action and keeps us very motivated in our work. And we’ve been gratified to work with incredible clients who share those same values and whose teams are a joy to collaborate with.

The twin goals of energy and carbon reduction became paramount as they represent two of society’s most pressing challenges.

We’ve also been able to create an important work/life balance that keeps us recharged. Our people can be found throughout Southwestern BC enjoying it’s incredible natural capital: hiking its trails, swimming it’s lakes, skiing it’s mountains and surfing it’s waves. That keeps everything in perspective.

Values

  • Honesty
  • Dedication
  • Sustainability
  • Community
  • Harmony

OUR EXPERTS

Team

Ben Mills

P.Eng., CEM, CPHD, LEED®AP, Principal

Ben Mills

P.Eng., CEM, CPHD, LEED®AP, Principal

Ben Mills is a Professional Mechanical Engineer who has provided design and project management services on projects from First Nations community centres to hospitals and university buildings. He is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional, and a graduate of UBC’s Sustainability Management Program.

Ben applies proven project management skills and sustainable design solutions to deliver energy reductions in buildings. His holistic approach ensures that facilities are not only economical and efficient, but practical to operate and to maintain.

Ben’s expertise has produced substantial results for his clients for more than a decade. Outside of the engineering world, Ben spends most his free time hiking the local trails with his wife and two young sons, back-country skiing or surfing the waves in Tofino. He also has a passion for music and for giving back to the community through volunteer work.

Kenneth McNamee

P.Eng., CEM, MSc., Principal

Kenneth McNamee

P.Eng., CEM, MSc., Principal

Kenneth McNamee is a Professional Mechanical Engineer & Design Manager, who has provided engineering services on building and infrastructure projects throughout Western Canada & the US. He is a Certified Energy Manager, and a graduate of the University of Ulster Renewable Energy & Energy Management MSc. Program.

Kenneth is passionate about delivering performance focused buildings and infrastructure, with success measured by reduction in energy usage and operating costs, carbon emissions, and improved occupant comfort.

A proficient communicator, Kenneth ensures project scope and deliverables are clearly defined and delivered and he builds lasting relationships through engagement and accountability. A native of Ireland, outside of the office, Kenneth can often be found outdoors enjoying all that “Beautiful British Columbia” has to offer.

Jason Le

P.Eng., CEM, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Jason Le

P.Eng., CEM, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Jason Le is a Professional Mechanical Engineer who has provided engineering and project management services on building and infrastructure projects ranging from social housing developments to healthcare and institutional buildings. He is a Certified Energy Manager, and a graduate of the University of British Columbia.

Jason has a keen interest in sustainable technologies and mechanical design. He is driven to continuously provide insightful design solutions with a focus on carbon reduction, resiliency and improving occupant well being.

Jason’s approach to client service has developed lasting relationships within the industry. Beyond work, Jason enjoys spending his time outdoors hiking and camping with his young family and energetic chocolate lab.

Natasha Samson

P.Eng., LEED®AP, Sustainability Specialist

Natasha Samson

P.Eng., LEED®AP, Sustainability Specialist

Natasha Samson is a Professional Mechanical Engineer who has provided project management and sustainable design services on projects from non-profit community centres to hospitals and university buildings for more than a decade.

She is a LEED Accredited Professional and has completed extensive training in project management, leadership and mentorship. Natasha has worked with a variety of sustainable building designs standards, is an expert in the LEED rating system and serves on the Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Committee for the US Green Building Council.

In her spare time, Natasha can be found teaching Yoga and cooking delicious natural food.

Steve Fetterly

P.Eng., CPHD, Energy Engineer

Steve Fetterly

P.Eng., CPHD, Energy Engineer

Steve Fetterly is a Professional Mechanical Engineer who has provided sustainable design of HVAC systems and project management services on projects from social housing to healthcare facilities. He has extensive experience in construction execution and has completed training in field construction management.

Steve utilizes a holistic engineering approach to reduce building energy usage and GHG emissions. He applies construction techniques for the implementation and operation of efficient building energy systems.

Beyond work, Steve likes to spend his spare time high up in the mountains either hiking or snowboarding, or underwater as a Scuba Dive Master. He also supports and volunteers with local environmental non-profit groups.

Jeff Clarke-Janzen

CPHT, CPHD, LEED® GA, Energy Operations Manager

Jeff Clarke-Janzen

CPHT, CPHD, LEED® GA, Energy Operations Manager

Jeff Clarke-Janzen is an Energy Operations Manager who provides on-site energy assessment management as well as delivering Passive House energy modeling through PHPP. He is a certified Passive House Tradesperson and a graduate of UBC’s Wood Products Processing Program with a minor in Commerce.

With both his hands-on experience and technical training in high-performance building practices, Jeff provides valuable on-site energy management knowledge along with practical implementation methods. The building industry is continuously developing and evolving with new codes and building practices and Jeff enjoys keeping on top of them through courses and various industry related events.

Aside from the workplace, Jeff enjoys activities such as hockey, hiking and long walks on the beach. He also enjoys supporting local sports teams, the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Clare Sim

Executive Assistant

Clare Sim

Executive Assistant

Clare Sim is an Executive Assistant who has provided administration support on a number of projects from Local Government, Schools, Special Needs and Engineering Consulting both in the UK and Canada.

With over 14 years of administration skills and experience, Clare brings strong and highly experienced project management skills, a natural ability to communicate effectively and injects a high level of enthusiasm into every exchange. Her task driven, results focused approach to projects ensures that key goals and deadlines are met.

With a love of learning new skills and working with new clients, she is an important member of the HiH Energy team. Most weekends you can find Clare and ‘Mitch the dog’ exploring the local trails of Pemberton or enjoying some turns on the Whistler slopes.

Professional Memberships and Resources

Our mission

Enable our clients to reduce their energy bills and their carbon output through thoughtful study, highly efficient mechanical design and professional management during and after implementation.

Our vision

Our vision is to lead the way to a sustainable future by proving that it is possible to be profitable while preserving the environment for future generations.

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