PUMA News

June 2017

New PUMA Users: SD#38 Richmond,  YMCA Vancouver, and TRU

We are pleased to welcome our 12th school district to PUMA - SD#38 Richmond, joining us from a competitor.  TRU - Thompson River University in Kamloops is also starting to work with PUMA, as is YMCA Vancouver.   We're getting close to 50 organizations across Canada using PUMA for their energy management and utility tracking needs!  

May 2017

PUMA Benchmarking Reports for 2016 Released

We use our database of over 16,000 utility accounts to calculate average (median) energy use on several types of buildings in BC. This is important for building owners and operators to know how their buildings compare to an average building.

Please see the following reports on:

Eleven BC School Districts: Benchmarking of Elementary & Secondary Schools with PUMA for 2016
Six BC Universities & Colleges: Benchmarking of Institutions & Campuses with PUMA for 2016
Eight BC Municipalities: Benchmarking of Facilities with PUMA for 2016

All together at:  http://www.prismengineering.com/resources/reports

 

April 2017

EFMA Tradeshow June 30

The PUMA team will be at the EFMA tradeshow in Penticton, BC on June 30 & June 1st. We hope to see you there!

March 2017

PUMA Workshop in Burnaby

Announcing our Burnaby PUMA workshop. All PUMA clients are invited to our office in Burnaby for a learning session on Thursday May 4th, 2017.   Advanced users can attend the afternoon session.

 

Contact duncan@prismengineering.com for more details.

 

February 2017

West Pender & Wesgroup Properties

Welcome to West Pender Properties and Wesgroup Properties who have joined PUMA to better track energy consumption, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions at their facilities.

 

January 2017

2016 was even warmer than 2015 in Vancouver - 12% fewer HDDs!

Our Variation in Vancouver weather chart - updated for 2016 and shown below, shows that Vancouver experienced 12% fewer HDDs (Balance Temp 15C) than a typical weather year in Vancouver.  Despite that cold December in 2016, overall the year was still warmer.

We know that weather changes a lot from year to year, but did you know that since the year 2000, the influence of temperature on building energy use from one year to the next has varied by more than 20%?

This chart - updated to include 2016 - shows the HDDs compared to a 30 year average weather year for Vancouver. HDDs (Heating Degree Days) are a key figure that are used for predicting building energy use, and are directly calculated from the weather, and a "balance point" - in this case 15 degrees Celsius.

Remember the lack of snow on Cypress at the 2010 Olympics? You can that reflected in the chart below.

With this much variation year to year - you can see how important it is to adjust utility use calculations for weather using a tool like PUMA.

Weather Variation in Vancouver to 2016

December 2016

Shape Properties & TELUS news

Shape Properties has selected PUMA to address two important jobs they need done:

  1. Using monthly utility bills, Track progress  reducing consumption, costs, and greenhouse gases at multiple sites.
  2. Provide path to use daily submeter information, to provide feedback to building operators so that all enegy and utility information is accessible in one place.

In addition, TELUS has doubled down on their use of PUMA - expanding their use of PUMA to cover an additional 50 of their largest sites across Canada. We're proud to help TELUS excel in their commitment to sustainability!

November 2016

City of Cranbrook joins PUMA

The City of Cranbrook is now monitoring two major sites consumption, costs, and GHGs with PUMA. Welcome!

October 2016

October Software Release

We have been hard at work making PUMA better.  Here are some of our recently released features:

Verdict Reports:  Easy for Building operators to interpret
Stacked Bar Charts:  See Totals More Intuitively
Portfolio Manager Integration: Avoid Duplicated Effort

Use this link to access the complete PUMA October 2016 Update

September 2016

SD#71 Comox Valley joins PUMA

School District #71 Comox Valley School District is now monitoring their utilities consumption, costs, and GHGs with PUMA. Welcome!

August 2016

SD#42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows joins PUMA

School District #42 Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows is now monitoring their utilities consumption, costs, and GHGs with PUMA.

July 2016

SD#47 Powell River joins PUMA

School District #47 Powell River is now monitoring their utilities consumption, costs, and GHGs with PUMA.

June 2016

PUMA Benchmarking Reports for 2015 Released

We use our database of over 16,000 utility accounts to calculate average (median) energy use on several types of buildings in BC. This is important for building owners and operators to know how they building compares to an average building.

Please see the following reports on:

Six BC School Districts: Benchmarking of Elementary & Secondary Schools with PUMA for 2015
Six BC Universities & Colleges: Benchmarking of Institutions & Campuses with PUMA for 2015
Six BC Municipalities: Benchmarking of Facilities with PUMA for 2015

May 2016

PUMA at EFMA-BC June 1-2

PUMA will be at the EFMA-BC (Educational Facility Managers of British Columbia) tradeshow in Penticton on June 1st and 2nd.   Stop by and visit us at booth #86, and join our informational presentation on our 7 steps approach to Energy Management, by our Kootenay Office Branch Manager, Sam Thomas, CEM.

April 2016

PUMA Workshop May 12th

Our annual PUMA workshop is scheduled for May 12th at our office in Burnaby, BC.   We look forward to a day of learning from each other and empowering our users to gain more insights from their utility consumption, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions data.   We’ve been working hard on improvements to PUMA and look forward to sharing some of what we have been working on.  Contact Duncan Wilcock (duncan@prismengineering.com ) for details.

March 2016

SMARTTool is Easy & Accurate with PUMA

Our BC Core & Local Government customers are using PUMA for their annual greenhouse gas reporting obligations again this year, with great success.   One new customer at a major school district with (with over 150 utility energy accounts) was ecstatic with the process this year.   She told us it used to take her between 2 and 3 weeks full time using her previous system – Utility Manager – to access and compile the reports she needed.   This year, her first using PUMA for the same task she spent less than 2 days and – “now it’s a piece of cake.” 

We are thrilled to be saving her over 100 hours of effort – time that she can now use to implement energy saving projects and initiatives in addition to the energy saved by better monitoring.

Contact Duncan Wilcock at duncan@prismengineering.com or 604.205.5516 for more information about how PUMA can make your reporting and analysis faster, better, and more accurate, and for more outstanding  references such as this one.

February 2016

PUMA Submetering is Popular

More of our customers are coming to us for submetering needs, obtaining daily data on their submeters that can be viewed and consolidated using PUMAs main reports.

Clients with Submetering included Metrotown in Burnaby, Whistler Blackcomb, Allied REIT, and Shaw Communications.

Contact duncan@prismengineering.com for more information on how we can work with your submeters!

January 2016

2015 was a very warm year in Vancouver - 10% fewer HDDs!

Our Variation in Vancouver weather chart - updated for 2015 and shown below, shows that Vancouver experienced 10% fewer HDDs (Balance Temp 15C) than a typical weather year in Vancouver.

We know that weather changes a lot from year to year, but did you know that since the year 2000, the influence of temperature on building energy use from one year to the next has varied by more than 20%?

This chart - updated to include 2015 - shows the HDDs compared to a 25 year average weather year for Vancouver. HDDs (Heating Degree Days) are a key figure that are used for predicting building energy use, and are directly calculated from the weather, and a "balance point" - in this case 15 degrees Celsius.

Remember the lack of snow on Cypress at the 2010 Olympics? You can that reflected in the chart below.

With this much variation year to year - you can see how important it is to adjust utility use calculations for weather using a tool like PUMA.

Weather Variation in Vancouver to 2015

December 2015

Happy Holidays!

Prism Engineering and the PUMA team want to wish you a sustainable & happy holiday season for 2015!

November 2015

New PUMA Clients

PUMA continues to grow as more organizations turn to us for the best Energy Mangement tool for BC organizations.  Over 20 BC Hydro funded Energy Managers use PUMA to get a better grip on their energy costs.

Newly joined PUMA in the past few months:

October 2015

PUMA Anniversary Dates!

We’re proud of how many new clients we have started working with – more than 15 in the past 3 years, for over 35 in total now.

However, we are also proud of how long we have worked with many of our existing PUMA clients

  • City of North Vancouver:                              5 years
  • Department of Fisheries & Oceans:              9 years
  • SD#68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith:                        10 Years
  • Vancity Savings Credit Union:                     22 years

Thanks to all our clients for their business!

September 2015

PUMA Software Release

We have been hard at work making PUMA better.  Here are some of our recently released features:

  • Fleet Fuel Tracking
  • Automated Data Collection from Submeters
  • Portfolio Manager Integration

Use this link to access the complete PUMA September 2015 Update

August 2015

PUMA Submetering

In addition to utility bill tracking and calculating weather adjusted savings over months, quarters, and years.  PUMA can also connect to submeters and report data on a more granular level.  Shown below is an example of daily consumption data tracked and reported by PUMA.     

The same reporting engine powers these daily and interval data reports, so in addition to seeing granular trends, it can be consolidated into use categories, such as HVAC, Lights, and Plugs so that systemic trends can be more easily seen.   Sometimes the trees make it hard to see the forest, and the power of PUMA is to be able to adjust the zoom level on your energy use to the point where the actionable information comes into focus.

Metrotown, Allied REIT, and Shaw Communciations are already taking advantage of this capability and we’d be happy to work with you too.  Reach out to duncan@prismengineering.com for more information on how PUMA helps you get a grip on your energy costs.

July 2015

PUMA Continues to Grow

We are pleased to welcome BC School District #43 – Coquitlam. and the Capital Regional District in Victoria, BC to PUMA in the past few months, as well as adding sites in Ontario for Amica Retirement homes to their portfolio of BC & Alberta sites that are tracked in PUMA. 

The Department of Fisheries & Oceans is now using PUMA’s Targeting features to have more up-to-date and always-consistent reporting on progress towards their targeted Energy and GHG reductions.  Shaw Communications is updating their baseline reference period for a more current weather-adjusted comparison of the ongoing performance of their facilities.

Find out how much easier and better energy management is using PUMA, and why it’s integral to the operations of these and many other organizations.  Reach out to duncan@prismengineering.com for more information.

 

June 2015

PUMA Workshops Successful!

We held our annual PUMA workshops in Burnaby and in Victoria this year. These events were well attended, with almost 40 people learning and sharing how they use in PUMA in their BC organization. We are pleased to count over 20 BC Hydro Funded Energy Managers that are now using PUMA in their organizations!

 

May 2015

PUMA Benchmarking Reports for 2014 Released

We use our database of over 16,000 utility accounts to calculate average (median) energy use on several types of buildings in BC. This is important for building owners and operators to know how they building compares to an average building.

Please see the following reports on:

Six BC School Districts: Benchmarking of Elementary & Secondary Schools with PUMA for 2014
Six BC Universities & Colleges: Benchmarking of Institutions & Campuses with PUMA for 2014
Six BC Municipalities: Benchmarking of Facilities with PUMA for 2014

 

April 2015

DFO & BC Housing Anniversaries

This marks the 10th year of Utility Monitoring services for DFO (The Department of Fisheries and Oceans) and our 7th year providing GHG reporting services using PUMA for BC Housing's over 10,000 utility accounts. Thanks for appreciating our detailed & methodical approach, and for your continued business!

 

March 2015

First Daily Meters Connected

This month we've connected our first Automated Data Collection meters.

PUMA is now capturing daily consumption data every night for Metrotown Towers and Allied REIT. This is new software capabilities and we're very excited to be working with our first customers on it.

February 2015

BCIT - 10 Years of PUMA

Prism has been working with BCIT for many years, and we are proud to announce that BCIT - an early user of our PUMA utility monitoring service  - has been using an active PUMA user for over 10 years now - since Oct 2004.

Thanks BCIT - it's great working with you, and looking forward to continuing improving utility monitoring and facilities together!

January 2015

2014 was a warm year in Vancouver - 6% fewer HDDs!

Our Variation in Vancouver weather chart - updated for 2014 and shown below, shows that Vancouver experienced 6% fewer HDDs (Balance Temp 15C) than a typical weather year in Vancouver.

We know that weather changes a lot from year to year, but did you know that since the year 2000, the influence of temperature on building energy use from one year to the next has varied by more than 20%?

This chart - updated for 2014 - shows the HDDs compared to a 25 year average weather year for Vancouver. HDDs (Heating Degree Days) are a key figure that are used for predicting building energy use, and are directly calculated from the weather, and a "balance point" - in this case 15 degrees Celsius.

Remember the lack of snow on Cypress at the 2010 Olympics? You can that reflected in the chart below.

With this much variation year to year - you can see how important it is to adjust utility use calculations for weather using a tool like PUMA.

 

December 2014

PUMA Update: December 2014

We had lots of news to announce this December - enough that we wrote an update email to our clients with a lot of detail on our plans.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Portfolio Manager Integration coming in 2015
  • Automated Daily Collection for Submeters available now.
  • Fleet Fuel Tracking Under Development
  • User Interface Improvements & New Reports

Use this link to access the complete PUMA December 2014 Update

 

 

November 2014

PUMA now Energy Star Partner

Energy Star Partner 

Prism Engineering & PUMA is now part of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager Partnership program.

As one of only two registered in Canada at this time, as an SPP (Service & Product Provider), Prism and PUMA are permitted to integrate with Portfolio Manager so that your building utility data in PUMA has new value. Stay tuned for news on PUMA & Portfolio Manager Integration - coming in 2015.

 

 

October 2014

Building Benchmarking with PUMA

 

Benchmarking Buildings gives critical insight into whether a building is performing better or worse than average.

Using data from PUMA, Prism has made available several white-papers with median energy use for K-12 Schools and Advanced Education sites in BC. Use these links to download the white papers for BC Coastal K-12 Schools and BC Advanced Education.  

Contact Duncan Wilcock (duncan@prismengineering.com) for more information about PUMA benchmarking, and Energy Star Portfolio Manager.  

 

 

September 2014

Momentum Continues for PUMA this Fall

 

Fall has brought new clients to PUMA, as the commercial sector continues to invest in energy efficiency and understand that energy is a variable cost, not fixed cost, and is therefore an opportunity for profit.

In recent months Amica Mature Lifestyles, the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, and Ivanhoe Cambridge have all begun monitoring their energy consumption, costs, and seeing energy savings adjusted for the effects of weather using PUMA - Prism's Utility Monitoring and Analysis Software and Service.   

Contact Duncan Wilcock (duncan@prismengineering.com) for more information about PUMA and a quote.  

 

August 2014

Temperature Variations of over 20%

Variation in Vancouver Weather since 2000

We know that weather changes a lot from year to year, but did you know that since the year 2000, the influence of temperature on building energy use from one year to the next has varied by more than 20%?

This chart show the HDDs compared to a 25 year average weather year for Vancouver. HDDs (Heating Degree Days) are a key figure that are used for predicting building energy use, and are directly calculated from the weather, and a "balance point" - in this case 15 degrees Celsius.

Remember the lack of snow on Cypress at the 2010 Olympics? You can that reflected here!

With this much variation year to year - you can see how important it is to adjust utility use calculations for weather using a tool like PUMA.

 

 

July 2014

Vancouver Island Workshop Success

Inspired by the success of our workshop in May, we held a workshop for our Vancouver Island customers on July 15th. Well recieved by all, we're grateful to the customers and potential customers that gave us their attention for the day!

A couple of souvenirs from the event are this photo and this photo.

 

June 2014

Visit us at EFMA-BC

We'll be at the annual Educational Facilities Managers Association (EFMA-BC) conference from June 2nd to 5th in Penticton. I hope we get a chance to see you there, and if not - don't hesitate to drop us an email. info@pumautilitymonitoring.ca

This chart shows why it's so important to weather-adjust savings - deviations of up to +/-11% in Vancouver weather since the year 2000!

 

May 2014

PUMA Spring Workshop

Our Annual Spring Workshop was well received and well attended again this year. Twenty people gathered at our office to learn from our team and from each other some of the different ways people use PUMA as a cornerstone of their energy management work.

Highlights this year included benchmarking discussions, targeting capabilities, and the nitty-gritty on weather normalization. We were pleased to show off this chart of why it's important to weather-adjust savings - deviations of up to +/-11% in Vancouver weather since the year 2000!

 

April 2014

TELUS adds more accounts to PUMA

TELUS Communications as mentioned in February, TELUS is using PUMA to assist in energy and sustainability reporting. Pleased with the initial phase, TELUS has asked us to track more of their portfolio. There is no compliment greater than return business!

March 2014

PUMA helps BC Housing report on Greenhouse Gases

BC Housing is one of the largest social housing landlords in British Columbia with over 1,000 separate buildings serviced by 9,000 energy utility accounts. PUMA and Prism Engineering’s strong technical ability, commitment to quality GHG reporting and transparency have played a key role in helping BC Housing fulfil the requirements of the BC Carbon Neutral Government Regulation.

February 2014

More Clients Signing up for PUMA

TELUS Communications has recently begun using PUMA to assist in energy and sustainability reporting. Our utility monitoring services allows for consolidation electricity, natural gas, and other fuels at multiple sites, weather adjusted comparison of utility use in different years and months, and automatic calculation of greenhouse gas emissions based on utility use.

Sunshine Coast School District # 46 has added another 27 utility accounts after positive experiences using PUMA to monitoring 2 high schools. There is no compliment greater than repeat business!

January 2014

Greenhouse Gas reporting & SMARTTool Uploading made Easy

Many BC public sector organizations are required to report on their carbon-footprint and GHG Emissions. For the 20 BC government bodies we work with, that is as simple as a few clicks.

We are already collecting the data required and using it in our ongoing analyses, so customers can simple export the data in the required spreadsheet format. PUMA automatically calculates GHG emissions for all our customers on an ongoing basis, so all our carbon-neutral customers can keep apprised of GHG emission liabilities as the year progresses!

December 2013

More BC Municipalities using PUMA

The PUMA team was pleased to sign up several municipal customers in December. Our biggest regular update customer yet - the City of Kamloops - joined with more than 400 utility accounts to monitor on a regular basis.

It speaks to the quality of our service that the Energy Manager sought out our services based on her positive experiences with PUMA and Prism Engineering while working at the City of Port Coquitlam. We also began monitoring projects for the City of Trail, the City of Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley Regional District in December. More and more BC organizations are seeing the value of consolidation, weather adjusted savings, and the service provided by our team at Prism Engineering.

November 2013

New Customer Testimonials

Testimonials from several School Districts have been added to the overview page on our PUMA website.  SD68 in Nanaimo, SD45 in West Vancouver, and SD41 in Burnaby all had good things to say about some of the benefits of the PUMA software & service.   We're thrilled to have their endorsements - and hope you enjoy reading them too.

October 2013

Momentum is Building for BOMA uTrack

BOMA BC has partnered with PUMA to offer utility monitoring to it's members to help them monitor and track their electrical, gas, and water use & savings across their portfolios of Commercial Buildings.  After a rigorous pre-selection process, PUMA emerged as the clear favourite and we are pleased to be working closely with the BOMA team.

Several BOMA members have joined the uTrack Program including GWL Realty Advisors, Peterson Commercial and  Allied Real Estate Investment Trust.  They join existing PUMA users who are BOMA BC members like Vancity Savings Credit Union, Shaw Communications, and Gateway Property Management.

PUMA and uTrack users are able to track their performance and benchmark against averages like the soon to be released BOMA Best Benchmarking Study.  More and more commercial property owners and managers are looking to PUMA and uTrack to gain a competitive edge.

September 2013

Tradeshows this Fall

The PUMA team will be at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention (UBCM) on September 18th & 19th in booth #1125, and at the BC Hydro Power Smart Forum on October 22nd at the Vancouver Convention Centre.   Please stop by if you are in the area, and feel free tosuggest some of your colleagues stop by for a chat and a demonstration.   

If you can't wait for those dates - give us a call at 604.298.4858 or send us an email at puma@prismengineering.com for a free online-demonstration today.

August 2013

Just Add Water

School District 45 in West Vancouver and School District 41 in Burnaby have recently begun using PUMA to monitor their water consumption and costs.  

Making up about 15% of their annual utility bills, water use represents a significant opportunity for saving money.  With the chemical and energy footprint of delivering potable water, using PUMA to tracking consumption, establish baselines, and chart savings with CUSUM analysis is showing leadership in responsible resource use. 

July 2013

Weather Normalized Results

Another great new feature for our PUMA clients has been released this month - Weather Normalization.   Weather Normalized results take your energy data and adjust it to a common weather year, so you can compare consumption, cost, and emission values from year to year, and be confident that the changes you are seeing are not due to weather.

Weather normalized results are different from Savings Calculations because they allow you to compare performance values like consumption, cost, emissions, without having to reference your specific baseline year. These calculations yield important results like a weather normalized BEPI or EUI (performance index based on floor area).  

June 2013

Another Successful Spring Workshop

Our Annual Spring Workshop was on May 9th this year and it was both well attended and well recieved.  Highlights included previews of upcoming new features - including new weather normalization reports, and some great learning from attendees about the many ways they use PUMA. There were some great examples for how PUMA helps with communicating to energy users, to executives, and to  external stakeholders. 

We were also pleased to tell the story of some excellent savings in our own office and how we used PUMA to prove them.  The Prism Advanced Energy Office improved an already efficient lighting setup with better controls - occupancy sensors and workstation light-level controls - resulting in savings of 41%!

This link is to a photo of the event in action.

May 2013

Shaw Public Dashboard using PUMA Data

Shaw Communications is demonstrating leadership and driving engagement with energy consumption and GHG Emissions with a public dashboard based on their PUMA utility data.  See the dashboard for yourself at this tweet.

April 2013

Four new PUMA clients!

This past month SD#41 Burnaby has signed on to begin using PUMA for their energy management program and SD#62 Sooke has enlisted the help of the PUMA team in compiling their SMARTTool results.  We're pleased to welcome them and busy getting them up & running!

In the Post-Secondary sector Vancouver Community College (VCC) has signed for PUMA service through our Energy Manager Program, and GWL Realty Advisors are showing leaderingship by beginning to use PUMA through BOMA BC's uTrack program.  

Also - stay tuned to our twitter feed for some exciting news from our client Shaw Communications in time for Earth Day!

March 2013

Dodwell Realty Joins PUMA via BOMA uTrack

Dodwell Realty (now Peterson Commercial) has made another Progressive Choice by beginning to use PUMA through our special relationship with BOMA BC. They are our first sign up for uTrack - BOMA BC's Utility Monitoring program - details on uTrack are available on the BOMA BC website

February 2013

SD#61 Victoria Joins PUMA

Another School District Joins PUMA - SD#61 in Victoria has asked for our help getting a grip on their energy costs.

Facilities Managers at SD#61 in Victoria and SD#45 in West Vancouver have decided that PUMA can help them keep on top of their utility consumption, even though they don’t have dedicated energy managers.   At PUMA - we can make it easy by entering the data for you and sending you a monthly report to shortlist schools where energy  consumption is higher than expected.

Better yet, when it comes time for SMARTTool reporting, a ready-to-upload file for your buildings is only a few clicks away - one reason why seven post-secondary institutions in BC are already using PUMA too.

We’re based in BC and are backed by a team of experienced building engineers (mechanical & electrical) that can help you find ways to save even more.  

January 2013

SD#45 West Vancouver Joins PUMA

School District #45 in West Vancouver has selected PUMA for their Utility Monitoring & SMARTTool reporting needs.

We are pleased to welcome our third school district in BC that has found our utility monitoring solution to address their unique needs for portfolio consolidation and regulatory reporting.  Welcome to the family!

December 2012

PUMA powers uTrack from BOMA BC

BOMA BC has partnered with PUMA to offer utility monitoring to it's members to help them monitor and track their electrical, gas, and water use savings across their portfolios.  After a rigorous pre-selection process, PUMA emerged as the clear favourite and we are pleased to be working closely with the BOMA team.   Details on uTrack are available on the BOMA BC website

November 2012

Deloitte, BC Housing, and PUMA

Deloitte recently completed an independent review of BC Housing’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting process. BC Housing is one of the largest social housing landlords in British Columbia with over 1,000 separate buildings serviced by 9,000 energy utility accounts.  PUMA and Prism Engineering’s strong technical ability, commitment to quality GHG reporting and transparency played a key role in helping BC Housing fulfil the requirements of the BC Carbon Neutral Government Regulation. We’re proud of being chosen to help BC Housing in its building GHG reporting for the past five years and into the future.

June 2012

May Client Event a Success

In May, the PUMA team hosted an event for 20 PUMA clients.  It was an opportunity for them to review existing PUMA features, learn about new capabilities and to provide input on upcoming development.  Participants shared examples about how they to use PUMA to support their energy management activities.    We are continually striving to ensure value for PUMA users and to find ways to enhance the product offering.

May 2012

New PUMA Features

We are always adding new features to make PUMA an even more powerful and easy-to-use energy management tool.  Several new features this spring include:

  • Ability to annotate graphs
  • Target reporting capabilities, including control charts
  • Extended benchmarking capability for comparing facilities performance
  • Quality control reports for catching billing errors and gaps in data

April 2012

Shaw Cable and VIHA Join PUMA

PUMA is proud to be supporting two new clients, Shaw Cable and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), in their commitment to energy management. 

PUMA will help Shaw benchmark and track energy use at over 40 of their offices across Canada, including Shaw Tower in Downtown Vancouver.  With over 30 sites on Vancouver Island, VIHA will be using PUMA to track progress on their various energy management projects and easily report on carbon emissions using PUMA’s Smart Tool uploading feature.

March 2012

Share Your Good News Energy Story

PUMA’s newest feature, the Public Display Dashboard, allows PUMA clients to share their energy management story with a broader audience.  The new dashboard can be set up in lobbies, online or any public space and can be customized to show consumption, savings and other utility data.

The City of North Vancouver, as part of their commitment to energy management, have set up their dashboard and will start sharing the results of their utility monitoring with City Hall’s visitors this month.

February 2012

Welcoming Four New PUMA Clients

PUMA is pleased to announce that School District 68, the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, University of Northern BC and Whistler Blackcomb have signed onto PUMA’s online utility management software,  joining a growing group of organizations who are serious about energy management. 

The flexibility of the PUMA software has allowed these organizations to customize the program to their unique needs, giving them full control to track, monitor and report on how energy is used in their buildings.  The online software creates energy consumption trends, benchmarks buildings, tracks energy saving progress and shares results with easy to use report printing, making it easier for organizations to save on utility costs.

December 2011

Exception Reports Help Drive Action

PUMA clients receive exception reports with every data update.  Data updates are reviewed for quality control by Prism engineers and a report is produced that flags accounts that have significantly fluctuated above or below the expected baseline.  Prism works with clients to set the appropriate thresholds for flagging site or meter performance as exceptions. PUMA clients use these regular reports to drive energy saving actions in their organization. 

November 2011

Set and Track Savings Against Targets

You can now set and track savings against your targets for energy reduction. This feature will be used by PUMA clients to report on their performance compared to their organizational target and utilize reports such as control charts to catch problematic consumption periods. Targets can be set as a fixed value, an annual %, or customized as a desired model of energy use.

October 2011

PUMA Modeling Improved

New PUMA release allows for Multivariable Modeling.

PUMA can now model the simultaneous effects of several factors on energy consumption, such as production, occupancy or weather. Using multivariable analysis can improve the modeling of energy use and more accurately assess fluctuations.

July 2011

Green Teams Using PUMA

PUMA is being utilized as an organization-wide energy management tool.

PUMA training was recently incorporated as a part of six customized MT&R workshops for one of our clients.  PUMA is now being used by over 15 of their green teams to better understand their energy use and track the results of their energy management efforts.  PUMA is a key part of their plan to achieve a 10% reduction in energy over a three year period.

May 2011

New PUMA Features: reports and performance

New functionality allows for more customization of reports and increased performance.

  • A user interface for inputting meter history data
  • Create your own Custom Reports so that you can save the configuration of your commonly generated reports.
  • Schedule reports to be generated and emailed at a later date, optionally repeating (eg: quarterly, bimonthly, etc).
  • The new Advanced Report, now powers both Savings and Performance reports, allowing more customization of reports than ever before
  • Faster reports thanks to numerous speed enhancements
  • By popular demand, the tables for choosing projects, sites, meters, etc now feature floating table headers.

March 2011

SMARTTool Reporting Made Easy by PUMA

PUMA clients can save time by using the SMARTTool excel export to fulfill the BC Government's greenhouse gas emissions reporting requirements for their building portfolio.  By design, PUMA software tracks SMARTTool Reporting IDs for each building and meter. To generate the SMARTLoad MS Excel file, it is as simple as choosing a reporting date range and PUMA will automatically create the upload report from the meters’ historical billing data.

Let us show you how easy GHG tracking can be.

January 2011

PUMA gets BC Government Stamp of Approval

Prism Engineering is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a pre-qualified supplier of utility data management services for British Columbia’s public sector and local governments.

BC’s Ministry of Citizens’ Services was looking for utility data management service providers to support the government’s ongoing commitment to becoming carbon-neutral and to provide organizations with resources to strengthen their energy management potential.

Prism’s utility accounting software – “Prism Utility Monitoring and Analysis” (PUMA) - includes an online interface for clients to view utility monitoring and targeting reports.  This web interface enables users to review trends regularly and to identify problem areas.

Prism will help public sector organizations and local governments establish and manage a comprehensive energy and environmental data foundation.  Prism will support these organizations through our web-based energy portal, which will track, analyze and measure cost, consumption and emission data.

For more information visit the BC Government website.