Who We Are

We are a consulting firm that is passionate about making Canada’s built environment more energy efficient. To do this, we provide planning, energy use quantification, and site support for clients interested in meeting energy efficiency targets. Based in Penticton, Nelson and Invermere, British Columbia, we service the interior of BC and beyond.
We know that with a little coordination, an energy efficient building has the potential to be healthier and more comfortable than standard construction. That’s why we work with a holistic perspective of the indoor environment. We can support the design to improve indoor air quality and thermal comfort. We offer building air-tightness mentoring, assess the building envelope’s moisture risk and durability, and size heating and cooling equipment to minimize capital costs.

Contact Us if you’d like to hear more about how we can help.

Gerry Sawkins – Principal, Penticton BC
B.Ap.Sc. (Honours), MBA, EA
Gerry is a Registered Energy Advisor providing EnerGuide and Energy Star assessment of new residential and multi-unit residential buildings under Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency Homes program. Gerry also provides assessments including energy modelling of small commercial buildings under Part 9 of the B.C. Building Code. Since moving to Nelson in 2005, Gerry has been involved in the construction industry, initially as a project manager before moving into the area of energy auditing. 3West Building Energy Consultants was formed by Gerry to address the need in South East BC for specialized services in the Energy market. In addition, Gerry holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.

Kylee Seddon-Johnstone – Energy Advisor, Penticton BC
Kylee is a Registered Energy Advisor who has always been drawn to energy efficient building techniques and overall sustainability. This interest led her to the Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) program at Okanagan College where she completed this Diploma. After graduating she became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and gained invaluable industry experience as a project coordinator in a Passive House project. Kylee also holds a BSc in Biology and Neuropsychology from the University of Alberta.

Wayne Gamborski – Energy Advisor, Certified Passive House Consultant, Invermere BC
EA, CPHC, ABA (Honours)
Wayne is a Registered Energy Advisor and Certified Passive House Consultant.  Offering over a decade of construction project management, technical design expertise and experience, Wayne blends the fundamentals of sound building science with practical, hands on experience in offering solutions to our clients. Wayne is passionate about working with clients to balance health, performance, sustainability and attainability in every project.

Nicola Nuttgens – Energy Advisor Trainee, Penticton BC
Dip. IDT
Nicola is currently studying to become a registered Energy Advisor. After receiving her Diploma in Interior Design Technology from NAIT, Nicola has worked in various roles in the design and construction industry. These experiences have made her aware of the importance of green building technologies and sustainable development. As Nicola works toward becoming a registered Energy Advisor she is excited to learn and share better building practices to help make our communities healthier and more environmentally conscious.