Light House has a unique team of respected and knowledgeable professionals, who are passionate about helping people like you reach your sustainability goals.
Managing Director, Regenerative Built Environment
604-677-3126 Ext. 305
Joanne Sawatzky (BTech, MSc., CPHC, LEED® AP BD+C) has worked in the green building sector throughout her whole career. She decided on a career in architecture when she was in the seventh grade, which inspired her to pursue a Bachelor in Architecture + Building Science, and a Masters in Energy Efficient Building. As Light House’s anchor employee since 2007, Joanne has led many of Light House’s most challenging and innovative projects, including The Whistler Athletes Village, The Foundry, and Telus Gardens Office and Residential. She works closely with a wide range of clients—from developers to architects—on implementing green building projects, technical policy development, contractor training, and post occupancy evaluations.
Joanne has two decades of experience working in design, construction and operation on commercial, residential, and healthcare building projects across Canada. She is the first female BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier and has taught contractor training through the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). She has also taught and mentored building science students in the Architectural Science Department at Ryerson University.
When asked about her proudest accomplishments, she’ll tell you that getting a project—any project—complete, and seeing her clients get what they need, is the best feeling. To Joanne, sustainability is about making small but measurable changes that add up…and lead to better buildings and a better quality of life.
Managing Director, Research and Collaboration
604-677-3126 Ext. 310
Brenda Martens (O.B.C., B.Sc., CSBA, LEED® AP BD+C, LEED® Fellow, TRUE Advisor) has worked in the building industry for over 25 years as a practitioner, educator and advocate in the field of green building and sustainability and joined Light House in the fall of 2018 as their Director of Research and Collaboration. Brenda has served the green building community in a number of roles, including being a member of the Board of the Cascadia Green Building Council, past faculty with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies, and co-founder of the Open Green Building Society, an organization that open sources information about green buildings. In addition to her work at Light House, she currently teaches green building and sustainability for BCIT, and in 2018 she was appointed to the Order of British Columbia for her contributions to sustainability in the building industry.
Brenda has worked on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional projects throughout the province and was involved in the design and construction of many signature green projects, including the Vancouver Olympic Village (LEED® Gold and Platinum certified), the Whistler Athletes’ Village, Okanagan College Centre of Excellence (Living Building Petal Candidate, LEED® Platinum certified), and over 20 non-market housing projects in various communities across BC.
Brenda also goes to great lengths in her personal life to be sustainable. In 2013, she participated in the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy. To avoid the carbon emissions associated with flying, she took six days to cross North America from Vancouver to Wilmington South Carolina by train, 11 days to cross the Atlantic on a freighter as the only passenger with a crew of 24, and another week to cross Europe by train (with stops) from Antwerp, Belgium to the games in Torino.
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Christina Radvak (B.Ends), (LEED® AP ID+C, LEED® AP O+M, TRUE Advisor) studied Environmental Design at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Upon graduation, she developed the Deconstruction Program with Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver (HFHGV) to actively salvage waste from renovation and demolition sites. Christina worked with HFHGV to salvage and resell interior finishes all the way down to structural lumber, to fund affordable housing developments in Greater Vancouver.
To further her impact of diverting waste in the construction industry, Christina prioritized education and public speaking to help change the perspective of the building industry to be more sustainable. Christina has spoken at BUILDEX and was a guest on radio and television interviews.
Apart from work, Christina can be found volunteering with Women in Architecture Vancouver or going backpacking packing and climbing in the mountains.
Regenerative Building Coordinator
604-677-3126 Ext. 308
Shijie Wang (BSc, MEng, LEED® AP BD+C, CEM®, WELL™ AP) has over six years of experience in energy management and sustainable building consulting. He graduated from Jilin University with a BSc (Applied Physics) and obtained master’s degrees from Concordia University (Building Engineering) and ANU (Systems Engineering).
Shijie was the LEED and energy efficiency consultant of Shanghai Electric HQ, which is the first LEED NC Gold and GBEL Two-Stars dual-certified heritage building in China. He has a broad interest in passive and sustainable building design to approach net-zero energy building. His dream is to find a balance between economic and environmental sustainability in building design.
Circular Economy Specialist
604-677-3126 Ext. 311
Hilal Savas (B. Ch.E., MEL, TRUE Advisor) is a Circular Economy Specialist at Light House. She has been developing circular programs and tools that help organizations think differently about waste. She started her ‘waste to resource’ journey through a Light House program, Facilitated industrial symbiosis via the National Industrial Symbiosis Pilot Program (NISP®). Now, she is developing an online B2B resource marketplace, BizBiz BC, which helps in the transition towards a circular British Columbia, making it easy for businesses to connect, share resources and reduce waste.
She is a Climate Leader and certified TRUE Advisor, Master Recycler, and PMP professional. She mentors new start-ups operating within the circular economy to develop their ideas at the Project Zero Incubator program. She holds a MEL, Master of Engineering Leadership degree from the University of British Columbia, and a Chemical and Biological Engineering degree from Koc University. In addition, Hilal has over ten years of multi-industry strategy and operations experience in emerging and developed markets, including Vancouver, Dubai, and Istanbul.
604-677-3126 Ext. 312
Lucia Dekleer started as an intern at Light House in June 2020, assisting leaders of various projects, and transitioned to administrative help during fall and winter semester. She continues to assist project managers and performs administrative and operational duties. Lucia attended UNBC for Environmental Engineering but is now pursuing BA Geography: Environment and Sustainability at UBC. In 2019 Lucia was a summer co-op student with the City of Richmond Engineering and Public Works Sustainability and District Energy teams.
Tracy Casavant (on leave)
Managing Director, NISP® Canada & Circular Economy
604-677-3126 Ext. 301
Tracy Casavant (BASc, M.E.S.) heads up Light House’s eco-industrial planning and development services. With more than 15 years experience, including establishing and running her own consulting firm for ten years, Tracy brings a unique soft and hard skill set of training and experience, blending backgrounds in chemical engineering and environmental studies. Tracy is one of North America’s leading experts on sustainable industrial / employment lands and infrastructure development, and has been responsible for dozens of eco-industrial projects nationally and internationally. Tracy sits on the Advisory Board for Cogen Canada. She teaches the Industrial Ecology course in BCIT’s Environmental Engineering program; has previously been a sessional lecturer at SFU; and has supervised graduate students at UBC, Dalhousie, and Royal Roads. She has been invited to speak on various business, community, and sustainability topics across Canada and internationally in countries such as Korea, China, Taiwan, Mexico, and Turkey.
Sarah Radi (on maternity leave)
604-677-3126 Ext. 309
Sarah Radi (BA, LEED® AP BD+C, WELL™ AP, Fitwel Ambassador) is both a LEED® AP (BD+C) and one of the few WELL™ APs in BC. She studied Environmental Geography at SFU, focusing on Earth Science and Environmental Policy.
Since graduating from SFU, Sarah has worked with Greenpeace, developed a chemical spill plan for a large BC Hydro facility, has worked on research projects, and worked as an accreditation manager at an events company. She is also an experienced fitness coach. Sarah’s approach to sustainability brings together the best of sustainable design with health and wellness and she sees regenerative buildings as a perfect place to merge her interests in the biophilic and active design. Her experience working on LEED® projects of all varieties has given her a strong understanding of sustainable design and construction in practice.
If you don’t recognize some of the acronyms above, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Here’s a quick run-through of our team’s building-related accreditations.
BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier – The BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier is a designation provided by BuiltGreen Canada to an individual with extensive industry experience who has been nominated by their peers. The Verifier provides on-site verification and inspection for BuiltGreen projects. Joanne Sawatzky is a BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier and first female Verifier in Canada.
CPHC – Certified Passive House Consultant international professional designation recognizes individuals who have completed the Passive House Canada training and passed the Passivhaus Institut credential exam. This professional can offer Passive House Planning Package modelling and analysis. Director of Green Building Services, Joanne Sawatzky has the designation.
Fitwel Ambassador – Ambassadors are leaders and active participants in Fitwel’s healthy building movement. They are well-versed in the evidence-based connection between design and health, can integrate Fitwel’s strategies within projects, and are able to effectively navigate the Fitwel Portal to track progress and attain Fitwel Certification.
LEED® AP – The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Accredited Professional (AP) credential demonstrates advanced knowledge in green building practices and specialization in a particular LEED® Rating System – such as Building Design + Construction (BD+C), Interior Design + Construction (ID+C), Operations + Maintenance (O+M), Homes+ Multi-Family (Homes) and Neighbourhood Development (ND).
LEED® Fellow – The LEED® Fellow designation was developed to honor and recognize distinguished LEED® APs who have made a significant contribution to the field of green building and sustainability at a regional, national, or international level. Managing Director of Research and Collaboration, Brenda Martens has the designation.
LEED® GA – The LEED® Green Associate credential designates individuals who have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices.
TRUE Advisor – The TRUE Advisor certificate demonstrates that an individual possesses basic knowledge of zero waste terminology, tools, technologies, and implementation strategies to assist in the TRUE Zero Waste certification process in accordance with the TRUE Zero Waste Rating System. Light House staff with this certification includes Brenda Martens and Hilal Savas.
WELL™ AP – The WELL™ Accredited Professional (WELL™ AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL™ Building Standard. Sarah Jones and Shijie Wang have this designation.