Green building certification aims to reduce the environmental impact of building operations, but what about the people working in those spaces? BOMA BESt (Building Owners and Managers Association Building Environmental Standards) certification is one way that Prism Engineering is helping organizations create effective frameworks to engage occupants and management in energy efficient behaviours.

This year Prism helped the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo achieve a BOMA BESt Level 1 certification for the Taylor building, an office and laboratory building, and is currently coordinating the application for a Level 1 certification of the Main Complex at the Institute of Ocean Sciences. These certifications have also helped establish processes that lay the groundwork for future energy efficient projects, and have created an arena to discuss the business case of environmental stewardship with senior management.