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Jul 21, 2021

The recent heatwave experienced across the Pacific Northwest saw temperatures reaching 40 C in Vancouver, and even higher in the interior region.  Based on climate modelling, the temperatures we recently experienced will become the norm by 2070.  While this date may seem like a long way off, the reality is the buildings built today will still be in operation in 2070. As we come to experience more and more extreme weather events, we need to adapt our buildings to be resilient.

Jul 5, 2021

As part of our 30th anniversary celebration last year, Prism staff voted to fund the Langara 49 Women in Science Scholarship program. This scholarship program provides philanthropic support, resources, and mentorship to prepare female students for a successful STEM career. The Prism Engineering Award was established last year as part of this program.

May 27, 2021

As our team continues to grow to meet client needs, we are excited to announce that Richard Senez has joined the Prism team this past spring as our newest Energy Management Professional.

Richard brings with him a passion for sustainability along with over a decade of experience in energy management, HVAC systems, building services and project management in both Canada and the UK.

Apr 26, 2021

In recognition of the many challenges women in this community face, Vancouver-based businesses, Prism Engineering and RATIO, partnered up to provide in-kind support to help the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre open a new second, much needed shelter for women.

The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment for women from all walks of life who live or work in the Downtown Eastside.

Apr 15, 2021

We are excited to welcome Joshua Caplan as Prism’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Coach this spring.

SEM is a holistic approach to energy management that enables businesses to achieve long-term and persistent savings.  Instead of managing energy saving projects one by one, SEM provides the tools to manage energy in a coordinated and strategic way across an organization — helping businesses increase profitability, create a competitive advantage, and gain greater resiliency. 

Jan 12, 2021

Over the last 14 years, we have had the opportunity to support over 60 organizations in the commercial sector with their staff engagement and behaviour change programs.

Last summer, we co-authored a white paper with Paul Seo, Program Manager at BC Hydro, for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2020 Summer Study about this work. 

Dec 8, 2020

If you ever get the chance to meet the full Prism team, one of the first things you will notice is the diverse pool of talent that makes up our 50-person company. From engineering solutions to strategic planning, we apply our collective knowledge and experience to help our clients meet their sustainability objectives.

Our team continues to grow, and we are pleased to welcome Charlene Ponto to our Sustainability Team.

Dec 3, 2020

We are excited to share that Hamid Samani joins Prism Engineering’s leadership team as our newest Prism Associate.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Hamid eagerly shares his mechanical engineering expertise and goes above and beyond to help meet client objectives.

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. 

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