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Mr. Byers

Brett Byers

National Client Manager - Energy Services, AEI Consultants

Brett Byers, CEM, CMVP, is National Client Manager - Energy Services at AEI Consultants. Mr. Byers specializes in Energy Audits, Capital Planning, Capital Needs Assessments, Technical Review, and Training.  At AEI, he is responsible for managing energy audits and other energy service projects and the resources selected to conduct them.

Mr. Byers has over 25 years of experience in evaluating building systems, identifying problems and corresponding favorable solutions. His work in energy has been applied in a variety of venues including: HUD RAD, GPNA, 223, 223(f), LIHTC, K-12 and Higher Education Facilities, Department of the Interior Agencies, State Governments and Local Municipalities, Correctional Facilities, Commercial Real Estate, Multifamily Facilities, ASHRAE Level I, II, and III audits, thermography, and energy modeling.

AEI Consultants is an employee-owned international consulting firm that provides comprehensive services to professionals in nearly all facets of the commercial real estate industry, including lenders, property owners, managers, tenants, and developers, industries, institutions, government agencies, and insurers, including many Fortune 500 companies.

These services include environmental, property and facility assessments, zoning and energy consulting, site investigation and remediation, industrial hygiene, and construction risk management.

AEI is a true partner to its Clients, from initial due diligence, to creative solutions, to ongoing analytics for capital planning. AEI continues to develop new services by listening to Clients and fulfilling their precise needs. Founded in 1992, AEI is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices across the United States and Europe.

Please visit http://www.aeiconsultants.com for more information.

Mr. Byers can be contacted at 800-801-3224 or bbyers@aeiconsultants.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.