Owner, Certified Energy Advisor and EA Team Lead
Scott is the founder of Capture Energy, but that isn’t originally what he thought he was going to do with his life. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and he was on the path to becoming an artist.
But then fate intervened, and he found an even greater passion. In 2016, Scott started working as a Natural Resources Canada certified Energy Advisor. Two years later, he moved his family across the country to BC to open a satellite office.
As Scott became more involved in the building industry in BC, he kept coming across people who wanted to make a difference in the climate challenges the world is facing, but didn’t know where to start or even have much confidence there was anything they could do. So he went all in, starting Capture Energy and has now helped over 4,000 clients with projects at every level of the BC Step Code.
Over the years, he has expanded his accreditations, becoming a Certified Green Builder through BuiltGreen Canada, a Certified Multi-Unit Residential Buildings Energy Advisor, and a Net Zero Energy Advisor.
While he doesn’t have a lot of spare time, when he does get some, he still loves to paint.
Scott Silverthorn has 12 full-time years of experience in the housing sector as a Natural Resources Canada Certified (NRCan) Energy Auditor (EA). In the past 12 years, he has completed and submitted over 3,000 Home Energy Audits in Ontario and British Columbia. He is NRCan certified as an Existing Home Energy Advisor (EA) since 2007 and an NRCan Certified New Home Energy Advisor since 2012. In addition to his NRCan certifications, he is a certified Green Builder (March 2012, BuiltGreen Canada). He has been a Certified Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURB) Energy Advisor since June 2015.
He is also an EnergyStar Certified Energy Advisor (2016, City Green Solutions). After working for several years as a self-employed contractor, he worked as an NRCan Existing Home Certified Energy Advisor (EA) for four years (2007 to 2010). He opened a West Coast office for the service organization Energuy, and operated as a satellite office for two years. In 2013 Scott started doing business as Capture Energy.
During his tenure with the housing sector, Scott has constantly updated his knowledge base through independent research into current practices and by networking with industry professionals. He is a member of the HAVAN (Homebuilders Association Vancouver), and the Canadian Alliance of Certified Energy Advisors (CACEA) and meets monthly with five local independent Energy Advisors to share knowledge and industry updates. Scott is continually upgrading his understanding of building practices and energy-efficient homes, as is reflected by the many courses and certifications he has successfully completed since 2012:
- 120 A Understanding and Working with PHPP Passive House Canada
- 120 B/C Preparation for Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam Passive House Canada
- Building Better Buildings: The Energy Step Code (HPO)
- Certified Net Zero Energy Advisor (CHBA)
- Passive House Tradesperson Course (CHBA)
- Homeowner Protection Office 2017 Building Envelope Laboratory Course
- BCIT 2016 Building Envelope Performance Course
- BCIT 2016 Roof Assemblies Best Practices
- Homeowner Protection Office 2016 Certified EnergyStar Advisor
- City Green Solutions 2016 Certified Energy Advisor MURB Certification
- City Green Solutions 2015 Hydronic Systems Designs Course
- BCIT 2015 Ventilation Guidelines for the 2012 BC Building Code
- TECA 2015 Forced Air Guidelines for the 2012 BC Building Code
- TECA 2014 New Energy Provisions – BC Building Code
- Homeowner Protection Office 2014 Building Smart #20: Soils, Excavation & Assemblies
- Homeowner Protection Office 2014 Framing a House – Basics to Best Practices
- Homeowner Protection Office 2013 Certified Energy Advisor New Homes Certification
- CHBABC 2012 Built GreenTM BC Builder Training Workshop
- CHBABC 2012 Certified Energy Advisor Existing Homes Certification
Owner of Capture Energy, Certified Energy Advisor and Head of Operations
Three words are at the heart of what we do at Capture Energy: reliability, integrity, and knowledgeability. For Barbara, these are more than words; they are a commitment.
Barbara has a degree in Environmental Studies. After university, she made the shift to hospitality and spent 15 years in hotel management. But she never lost her passion for the environment and she certified one of the first hotels in Canada in the Green Key Program focused on sustainability.
In 2011 Barb and Scott started their own Energy Advising business that grew into Capture Energy in 2013. Scott is the technical expert and Barb concentrates on management, government and efficiency program relations and building their team of energy advisors. She is also a level one thermographer and a Certified Energy Advisor.
Barbara is trained in consulting on Embodied Carbon and Life-cycle assessment (LCA’s) and she is pursuing her certification in Integrated Design Process to help teams in the design stage on Net Zero and High-performance building projects effectively manage costs and workflow.
Capture Energy fills the bulk of her day, but she still finds time to cook and travel and explore the trails of the Pacific Northwest.
Modeller and Energy Advisor in Training
When Ram joined Capture Energy in 2020, he brought with him a wealth of experience from his career as a mechanical engineer in the Department of Environment in Bangladesh. His work there focused on creating sustainable air quality standards while reducing pollution, which inspired him to look for environmentally-friendly positions in Canada. Prior to coming to Canada, Ram worked as an instructor in the Marine Institute in Bangladesh.
Upon arriving in Canada, Ram worked at Avigilon as a Systems Assembler assembling, programming and quality-testing electro-mechanical parts. He then moved to Capture Energy to work as an energy modeller, and is now training to become an Energy Advisor. He hopes to combine his engineering experience with his passion for sustainability while improving energy efficiency for his clients in renovations and new builds.
In his spare time, Ram enjoys playing badminton and soccer, as well as supporting FC Barcelona and the Argentine National Team in tournaments.
Marketing Manager and Energy Advisor
A recent UBC graduate and born Vancouverite, Natasa has had an interest in sustainable building since she took her first forestry course in 2016. Since then, she has worked on stakeholder analysis and engagement on various projects in different municipal and federal governmental bodies.
As an Energy Advisor, Natasa hopes to contribute a tangible benefit to her clients’ home comfort levels and their wallets, as well as to a greener planet. She enjoys working with builders, homeowners and designers to craft unique solutions to challenging energy efficiency problems. As Marketing Manager, Natasa applies her affinity for writing and public speaking to Capture Energy’s business plan implementation.
In her spare time, Natasa enjoys spending time with her cat, making ceramics and putting her diploma as a Chocolatier to use. Once a week, she teaches Electronic Music Production and DJing to underprivileged elementary and high school students.
Energy Advisor in Training
Stephen came to Capture Energy through a photoshoot. He is an avid photographer, and we had hired him to take our employee photos. At the time, he was studying mechanical engineering at UBC and was so enthusiastic about the company that he put his degree on hold and joined us as an Energy Advisor in training. There was a big emphasis on sustainability in his engineering classes and he wanted a career where he could apply that knowledge to help solve what he feels is one of the most pressing problems the world faces. Stephen says the best part of working for Capture Energy is the pride we take in our work and that every day presents a new and interesting challenge.
When he isn’t helping save the planet, as a born and bred Calgarian, he loves to ski and hike, play music and, of course, take pictures.