News

Oct 21, 2020

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) recently launched a new Sustainability Vision, that outlines nine strategies to leverage the institute’s strengths and create a clear path for sustainability progress.

Oct 16, 2020

The global importance of climate change has shifted the focus from energy and cost reductions to carbon reduction.

In a paper published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), we shared specific case studies of deep carbon retrofits and summarized some key lessons learned. 

Sep 29, 2020

The BOMA e-Energy Online Training program has a new look this fall.  With refreshed content, a customized module selection and the ability to access the course from your tablet or smartphone, BOMA e-Energy is now easier to use and more cost effective.

Jul 16, 2020

It felt out-of-place to celebrate Prism’s 30th birthday this past May amidst a global pandemic. While COVID-19 continues to impact how we live, we are grateful to be in a position where we can continue to do our work. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone that we work and collaborate with for your incredible support and contributions over the past thirty years.

Jul 15, 2020

Last month, Premier John Horgan launched a six-week consultation with British Columbians to help shape the province's economic recovery plan. Prism shared our thoughts as a member of the Catalyst business coalition.

On behalf of Prism, our President, Robert Greenwald, suggested that municipalities are a critical component on the path to a more resilient, lower-carbon economy. Within these municipalities, a program to fund low carbon, deep retrofits to arenas would be a significant opportunity for impact, as they account for approximately 40% of a municipality’s operational greenhouse gas emissions.

Jul 14, 2020

There is no question that public health experts and essential service workers are leading the charge in overcoming the greatest pandemic in our generation. It is humbling to examine and reflect on how the engineering profession can provide solutions that lead to better health outcomes for our communities.

Apr 20, 2020
From reductions in pollution to the return of wildlife1, we are getting a glimpse into what might happen if we take actions toward reducing our environmental impacts in the midst of this pandemic. While home energy consumption has gone up, as expected, it’s also clear that our patterns have shifted. Among other things, BC Hydro data confirms that we are sleeping in more2. As the days go on, we’re also seeing a flourishing of creative generosity and resources for our well-being3, not to mention a rise in sourdough bread baking.
Apr 15, 2020

Stephen Kooiman, Mechanical Team Leader at Prism Engineering, shares his thoughts on how company-wide quality management helps ensure quality is consistently applied across all Prism projects in the 2020 March/April issue of the INNOVATION magazine produced by Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia

Excerpt: 

FIRMS EMBRACE QUALITY MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

Apr 14, 2020

*Photo credit: Dylan Passmore/Flickr - Stanley Park, Vancouver, April 12, 2020

Living through an unprecedented pandemic means rising to the challenge, adapting to the unexpected, and hoping for the best for many of our team members. We asked a few Prism colleagues to share their thoughts on what they think will be different going forward.

Jan 20, 2020

BOMA’s eEnergy Training course offers opportunities for building operations staff to learn how to achieve savings in both building operations and capital projects. Users have reported feeling more confident in their ability to support an energy efficiency program and gave high ratings on the quality of technical support as well as ease in navigating the content.

More information about the BOMA eEnergy Training course is available here.

Jan 8, 2020

Inside the Rendezvous Lodge atop Blackcomb Mountain, Energy Managers from the BC Hydro Commercial Energy Manager Training program gathered to talk about organizational culture change.  From discussing the importance of conservation culture to each participant’s successes and challenges, it was a full-day workshop hosted by Whistler Blackcomb (WB), BC Hydro and Prism Engineering that took place last September.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Oct 4, 2019

In 2015, the City of Vancouver enlisted Prism Engineering to conduct recommissioning investigation studies for six of their community centres, City of Vancouver’s top greenhouse gas emitters. 

Oct 2, 2019

We're honoured to be among the 436,000 Canadians working in energy efficiency today! Here's to taking steps toward energy efficiency year-round with a short video on why having an impact is one of our core values. Read about what it's like to pursue a career in energy efficiency and sign up for our email list to receive our quarterly newsletter.

Sep 25, 2019

Engineering is a constantly evolving field and, thankfully, it continues to draw in amazing people who care about having an impact. We caught up with three members of our Energy Team about why they chose to pursue a career in energy efficiency, and some of the experiences that shaped their interests along the way.

Jul 31, 2019

Prism’s Sustainability Team works alongside our engineering teams to help our clients create a greener, more energy efficient world.  Our Sustainability Team focuses on helping organizations take action to address climate change and the environmental and social impacts of running a business or organization in BC.

Jul 31, 2019

Since our founding in 1990, Prism Engineering has considered utility analysis as one of the key fundamental cornerstones of having a successful energy management program. It began for us with our first 40-building benchmarking study of downtown Vancouver office buildings for the Energy Management Task Force.  It continued as we developed databases to track and analyze energy consumption and carbon emissions at Vancity Savings facilities.

Jul 25, 2019

As we celebrate Prism’s Senior Electrical Designer Andrew Munro’s 25th year at Prism, we sit down with him to reflect on some of his favourite projects, and why good lighting makes a difference.

Lighting is often something that many of us take for granted day to day, but Andrew emphasizes that it’s not just about seeing what’s in front of you. “With good lighting you can make a space more comfortable and welcoming, and really impact how people feel in and about the space,” he explains.

Jun 15, 2019

Now in it's 8th year, Prism's humble garden is a gathering place for outdoor meetings and breaks, while providing healthy snacks and habitat for the bees. Over the years, it has taken various shapes and been stewarded by various staff members. This year, the Prism Green Team renovated the garden beds and planted new perennials and chose to plant veggies that would be easy for anyone to harvest. The team also thought about how to make the whole process zero waste by using recycled containers to plant seedlings and by repairing the existing beds instead of replacing them.

May 22, 2019

From opportunity identification and concept design to implementation and final review, mechanical projects at Prism often leverage the talents of a team of people through collaboration. Recently, we were fortunate to have Hamid Samani, P.Eng., LEED AP, join our mechanical team. “Hamid has a breadth of experience in the technologies and industries where we do the most work,” says Mechanical Team Lead Stephen Kooiman, “he is a key technical resource in supporting our team with detailed engineering designs.”

May 21, 2019

Women currently account for only 13.1 per cent of engineers in Canada. With International Women in Engineering Day coming up on June 23rd, 2019, we're taking the opportunity to reflect on how far we've come and how far we have yet to go as an industry.

Prism Electrical Designer Alison Bodine shares a few thoughts on being a woman in the engineering field in this short video clip.

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