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Mr. Gieselman

James Gieselman

Principal, Emeritus Consulting, LLC

James 'Jim' Gieselman's broad experience of over 40 plus years enables him to understand the intricacies of hotel HVAC and lighting system operations, because understanding is the key to delivering true energy opportunities to hotel clients. His areas of expertise center on his systems knowledge of hotel infrastructure, especially HVAC, and how they should operate. Through building energy assessments (audits) and retro-commissioning, Mr. Gieselman identifies and quantifies energy inefficiencies and delivers practical solutions.

Mr. Gieselman began his career with The Trane Company as a sales engineer, rising to an account executive position then manager of existing building sales and engineering. During his time at Trane, he also began to do technical training, a passion that he still enjoys today. Mr. Gieselman's next endeavor after a 20-year stint at Trane, he founded an engineering and manufacturing company devoted to the customization of HVAC equipment - the first of its kind in the industry. After more than doubling the size of the business, he sold his interest and moved to Servidyne, a multi-faceted energy engineering company, where he was Vice President of Engineering Operations. He and his engineering team provided energy audits, retro-commissioning services and sustainability consulting to a broad base of hospitality clients. During his tenure, Mr. Gieselman also served as corporate energy manager for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Mr. Gielsman offers no-nonsense answers to the many challenges facing hotel owners and operators today. Too often energy auditors lack the skills and knowledge base to properly assess the complex HVAC systems in today's full-service hotels. He brings a long history of successful building assessments and is a certified Building Energy Assessor by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

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

Mr. Gieselman can be contacted at 770-367-6096 or jim@emeritusllc.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.