Thursday, March, 30 | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Session: A2: Energy Management | Track A: Optimizing Energy Efficiency

James Gessel

kW Engineering | Engineer

Presentation Title:

Optimizing the Optimization Process (MBCx, RCx, M&V)


As Energy Professionals, we focus on optimization. Whether driven by cost savings, emissions reductions, electrification, or other targets, the goal remains the same: optimize building system performance, reduce energy use, and save money. This presentation will highlight leveraging advanced analytics to identify and drive performance improvements for typical hydronic HVAC systems. Presenters will walk through real projects with real results and demonstrate analytical tools that show how small changes can have massive impacts and eliminate inefficiencies, all the way from central plants to terminal units.


James is a mechanical engineer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. James started in the energy industry as a college sophomore in the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center, where he performed energy audits at industrial facilities. In addition to energy, James developed a strong interest in programming and data science. After graduation with a BS in mechanical engineering, James accepted a position at kW Engineering, a US based energy engineering firm. His tenure at kW started with the transition from industrial to commercial energy audits, until he fell in love with the world of analytics. James has since become an expert in building analytics and has deployed analytics software to over 20 million sqft of building space in the higher education and healthcare sectors. James has worked with customers to develop and improve workflows intended to streamline the Cx, RCx, M&V, and MBCx processes. Although James is relatively early on in his career, his enthusiasm and passion for his work is infectious, and drives him to make real-world differences.

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