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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 December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.