Know Your Inspector

Pam is more than your everyday home inspector.  She brings the best service to her clients, applying her extensive background and knowledge.

Dr. Pam Sayne started Know Your Home Inspections Inc., in 1999, but jests that her building science knowledge began at age 8, building structures in empty neighbourhood lots with leftover materials from local construction sites.

When starting Know Your Home Inspections Inc., Pam joined PACHI (the Provincial Association of Certified Home Inspectors) and achieved the highest designation. PACHI later amalgamated with the OAHI (the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) in 2002, where Pam continued to hold the highest designation, RHI (Registered Home Inspector) and NCH (National Certificate Holder). Pam served as an OAHI board member from 2011 to 2015, for two years as President. She also served on the board of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors – the National affiliate. Pam received the President’s Award in 2014 and the Stephen Greenford Award in 2021.

Presently Pam is a member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) and Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) Inc.

Through Natural Resources Canada’s Eco-Energy Program, Know Your Home Inspections Inc., was granted a competitive license to provide residential Energy Evaluations. As a Certified Energy Advisor and Trainer, she provided training for her staff to obtain their Natural Resources Canada evaluator’s license. Pam is also a Certified Energy Star Consultant for new home construction working with EnerQuality. She assists architects and designers to meet energy efficient standards for new construction. Pam also works with building contractors to assist in training for air sealing and energy efficiency techniques.

As a Level I Thermographer, Pam assists homeowners and building professionals in non-invasive diagnoses of potential building problems. She is also trained in the use of RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software. RETScreen significantly reduces the costs (both financial and time) associated with identifying and assessing potential energy projects. Pam is also certified for WETT (wood appliance) inspections.

Pam was a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Task Force for CSA-A770, Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors.  The Standard was adopted as the Canadian National Standard.

Pam is an advocate of environmental responsibility and education. Along with energy savings which can also improve our environment, Pam focuses on how our homes may affect water quality.  She completed the Introduction to On-Site Wastewater Systems course at Georgian College and is a member of the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association.

Before starting her home inspection business, Pam managed townhouse, detached and low-rise building complexes.

With a Doctorate from the University of Toronto in Adult Education and Masters in Educational Administration from Central Michigan University, Pam taught at the University of Toronto and Trent University and is a firm believer in life-long learning.

She has worked with international, provincial and local government and non-government organizations to address housing issues, projects ranging from building wells and latrines in African regions to facilitating stakeholders in the conversion of old industrial buildings to condominiums in Toronto.

Pam enjoys  delivering practical workshops to home owners, buyers, real estate agents and others, on how major house systems work, energy efficiency, the environment and on the social and economic policies of housing. Pam has presented at numerous local and international conferences including the 13th Session of the United Nations Commission of Human Settlements.

She regularly attends building inspection and energy conferences to keep a pulse on the changing climate and expectations in the industry.

Pam loves making the “science of the house” user friendly for her clients, and with a passion for hands on applications, enjoys introducing clients to the major components of their home and how they work; and brings to her business philosophy a strong desire to improve the health, safety and energy efficiency of housing in Canada.

Pam is civic minded and currently serving her second term as a Municipal Councillor in the Township of Minden Hills. She has sat on many Boards of Directors, organizations and task forces including RoofTops Canada, U.N affiliated Habitat International Coalition, the local YWCA, Haliburton County Home Builders Association, International Women and Shelter Group, WoPHE, National Action Committee on the Status of Women Housing Committee and Centre for Equal Rights to Accommodations.

With a diverse background, Pam stays grounded in what she enjoys best, meeting new clients and teaching them about the health, safety and energy efficiency of their home.