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James Dice

Nexus Labs' Year in Review

December 27, 2022

This edition of the Nexus Newsletter is brought to you by Altura Associates and Smart Buildings Center.

Hey friends,

As we celebrate the holidays and start to wind down the year, I'm reflecting on the progress we've made in accelerating the transition to digital and decarbonized buildings.

Here are my highlights of 2022:

  • Nexus newsletter readership (you guys!) has grown 150% year over year—we're now almost 6,000 strong! Top newsletter editions of the year included The Energy Spreadsheet Must Die, Supervisory Control from the 80's, What's a Building OS?, The Mythical SPoG, and JCI Sues Upstarts.
  • The Nexus Podcast is now averaging 7,000 listens per month. I'm super proud of the 14 episodes we published on decarbonization—it's an unparalleled resource on the roadmap to decarbonize real estate. See below for our top 5 episodes of the year! Some of them surprised me.
  • The Nexus Pro community—the true smart buildings nerd crew—has grown at the same rate to 470 members. Our member gatherings profiled the smart buildings programs of many building owner organizations, including BXP, Dartmouth, Dream, Cadillac Fairview, Macerich, and Lendlease.
  • We graduated 150 new alumni of our flagship course, Nexus Foundations, including private cohorts for WiredScore, Arcadis, Willow, and more.
  • Our Nexus Lore whitepaper provided my take (after listening to the community for 2+ years) on where the industry needs to go from a technology architecture perspective. The #IDL movement has really hit its stride this year! I spoke at conferences including Realcomm/IBcon, Greenbuild, Verge 22, and the Smart Buildings Exchange to spread the word.  
  • We launched the Nexus Labs creator program, which will diversify the topics and voices coming at you.  
  • We launched an angel syndicate, allowing our community to participate in early-stage venture capital investments in smart building technology startups. The syndicate has invested in two startups so far, with more to come in 2023.

I'm sharing this to say thank you, first and foremost, for being part of it.

Thanks to you, I was able to close our consulting practice to focus full time on Nexus. Thanks to you, we're bringing on a COO starting in January to accelerate the impact we can make. Thanks to you, we're making plans for better content, more courses, and deeper partnerships.  

Here's to you.

Happy holidays!

—James Dice and the Nexus Labs team

P.S. Nexus t-shirts!

🏫 A message from our sponsor, Smart Buildings Center 🏫

The Smart Buildings Center Education Program (SBCEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes the smarter use of technology and practices in the built environment will enable a cleaner, healthier and more productive future.

The SBCEP seeks to establish thought leadership for smart technologies and practices within the built environment, and pursues its objective through the following pillars of activity: delivering training programs to educate the building workforce of the future; enabling industry leading demonstration projects; and connecting the industry through hosting and participating in smart buildings events.

Check out their body of work on The Essential Role of Smarter Buildings in the Clean Energy Transition.

✖ At the Nexus

Here’s everything worth sharing from Nexus HQ this week:

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★ PODCAST: We're winding down the year with the top 5 Nexus Podcast episodes of 2022. Let us know what you think on LinkedIn!

  1. 🎧 #092: AMP Capital's Data-Driven Maintenance Program
  2. 🎧 #098: Louise Monger on Schneider Electric's approach to digital buildings
  3. 🎧 #100: Decarbonization, blockchain, and the Building OS with KPMG and Prescriptive Data
  4. 🎧 #083: QuadReal's quest for a Building OS with KODE Labs
  5. 🎧 #106: A day in the life of a digitized, decarbonized building

We will resume the podcast's weekly schedule with Episode #132 on January 5th, 2023.

---

★ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS THIS MONTH:

  • New Member Orientation: Nexus Founder, James Dice, hosted an introduction to the Nexus Labs Community and how you access and take advantage of all the resources that come with your Pro Membership. This is for new members or those who've not taken advantage of all the resources at the Nexus Community.
  • Nexus Foundations Alumni Office Hours: This monthly event is for Nexus Foundations Alumni. It was hosted by James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs.
  • Subject Matter Expert Workshop: The Plug and Process Loads Workshop provided the opportunity to hear from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) Technology Research Team about the state of PPL controls and reduction strategies.
  • Member Gathering: No Gathering due to the holidays.

Join Nexus Pro now to get the invites and access to the recordings.

---

★ ON LINKEDIN: John Petze is a smart buildings industry legend. 🙌 He's retiring at the end of the year and I just wanted to say thank you, John.

---

🔥🔥🔥 Hot Job in Smart Buildings

👉Facilio: Enterprise Account Executive—Facilio is an IoT based Connected Operations platform solution provider for smart building portfolios. As they are rapidly expanding in business, they're looking to add enterprise SaaS & smart buildings obsessed, ever curious, and fun talent to join their existing teams!

📊 A message from our sponsor, Altura Associates 📊

​​Altura is a mid-sized, mission-driven firm delivering impact and performance across the built environment. From designing and implementing corporate sustainability programs, to manipulating systems in the field to achieve performance, to building the tools that support project teams, Altura is committed to solving our world's macro-level problems through tangible projects today. If you are interested in working alongside passionate colleagues to make a lasting impact, reach out at careers@alturaassociates.com.

👋 That's all for this week. See you next Tuesday!

Whenever you're ready, there are 4 ways Nexus Labs can help you:

1. Take our shortcut to learning the Smart Buildings industry here (350 students and counting)

2. Join our community of smart buildings nerds and gamechangers here (450 members and counting)

3. Sponsor our newsletter & podcast & get 6k+ nerdy eyeballs and earholes on your brand, product, or business.

4. (NEW) Join the Nexus Labs Syndicate on Angellist for opportunities to invest in the best smart buildings startups that cross my desk each month.

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This edition of the Nexus Newsletter is brought to you by Altura Associates and Smart Buildings Center.

Hey friends,

As we celebrate the holidays and start to wind down the year, I'm reflecting on the progress we've made in accelerating the transition to digital and decarbonized buildings.

Here are my highlights of 2022:

  • Nexus newsletter readership (you guys!) has grown 150% year over year—we're now almost 6,000 strong! Top newsletter editions of the year included The Energy Spreadsheet Must Die, Supervisory Control from the 80's, What's a Building OS?, The Mythical SPoG, and JCI Sues Upstarts.
  • The Nexus Podcast is now averaging 7,000 listens per month. I'm super proud of the 14 episodes we published on decarbonization—it's an unparalleled resource on the roadmap to decarbonize real estate. See below for our top 5 episodes of the year! Some of them surprised me.
  • The Nexus Pro community—the true smart buildings nerd crew—has grown at the same rate to 470 members. Our member gatherings profiled the smart buildings programs of many building owner organizations, including BXP, Dartmouth, Dream, Cadillac Fairview, Macerich, and Lendlease.
  • We graduated 150 new alumni of our flagship course, Nexus Foundations, including private cohorts for WiredScore, Arcadis, Willow, and more.
  • Our Nexus Lore whitepaper provided my take (after listening to the community for 2+ years) on where the industry needs to go from a technology architecture perspective. The #IDL movement has really hit its stride this year! I spoke at conferences including Realcomm/IBcon, Greenbuild, Verge 22, and the Smart Buildings Exchange to spread the word.  
  • We launched the Nexus Labs creator program, which will diversify the topics and voices coming at you.  
  • We launched an angel syndicate, allowing our community to participate in early-stage venture capital investments in smart building technology startups. The syndicate has invested in two startups so far, with more to come in 2023.

I'm sharing this to say thank you, first and foremost, for being part of it.

Thanks to you, I was able to close our consulting practice to focus full time on Nexus. Thanks to you, we're bringing on a COO starting in January to accelerate the impact we can make. Thanks to you, we're making plans for better content, more courses, and deeper partnerships.  

Here's to you.

Happy holidays!

—James Dice and the Nexus Labs team

P.S. Nexus t-shirts!

🏫 A message from our sponsor, Smart Buildings Center 🏫

The Smart Buildings Center Education Program (SBCEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes the smarter use of technology and practices in the built environment will enable a cleaner, healthier and more productive future.

The SBCEP seeks to establish thought leadership for smart technologies and practices within the built environment, and pursues its objective through the following pillars of activity: delivering training programs to educate the building workforce of the future; enabling industry leading demonstration projects; and connecting the industry through hosting and participating in smart buildings events.

Check out their body of work on The Essential Role of Smarter Buildings in the Clean Energy Transition.

✖ At the Nexus

Here’s everything worth sharing from Nexus HQ this week:

---

★ PODCAST: We're winding down the year with the top 5 Nexus Podcast episodes of 2022. Let us know what you think on LinkedIn!

  1. 🎧 #092: AMP Capital's Data-Driven Maintenance Program
  2. 🎧 #098: Louise Monger on Schneider Electric's approach to digital buildings
  3. 🎧 #100: Decarbonization, blockchain, and the Building OS with KPMG and Prescriptive Data
  4. 🎧 #083: QuadReal's quest for a Building OS with KODE Labs
  5. 🎧 #106: A day in the life of a digitized, decarbonized building

We will resume the podcast's weekly schedule with Episode #132 on January 5th, 2023.

---

★ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS THIS MONTH:

  • New Member Orientation: Nexus Founder, James Dice, hosted an introduction to the Nexus Labs Community and how you access and take advantage of all the resources that come with your Pro Membership. This is for new members or those who've not taken advantage of all the resources at the Nexus Community.
  • Nexus Foundations Alumni Office Hours: This monthly event is for Nexus Foundations Alumni. It was hosted by James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs.
  • Subject Matter Expert Workshop: The Plug and Process Loads Workshop provided the opportunity to hear from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) Technology Research Team about the state of PPL controls and reduction strategies.
  • Member Gathering: No Gathering due to the holidays.

Join Nexus Pro now to get the invites and access to the recordings.

---

★ ON LINKEDIN: John Petze is a smart buildings industry legend. 🙌 He's retiring at the end of the year and I just wanted to say thank you, John.

---

🔥🔥🔥 Hot Job in Smart Buildings

👉Facilio: Enterprise Account Executive—Facilio is an IoT based Connected Operations platform solution provider for smart building portfolios. As they are rapidly expanding in business, they're looking to add enterprise SaaS & smart buildings obsessed, ever curious, and fun talent to join their existing teams!

📊 A message from our sponsor, Altura Associates 📊

​​Altura is a mid-sized, mission-driven firm delivering impact and performance across the built environment. From designing and implementing corporate sustainability programs, to manipulating systems in the field to achieve performance, to building the tools that support project teams, Altura is committed to solving our world's macro-level problems through tangible projects today. If you are interested in working alongside passionate colleagues to make a lasting impact, reach out at careers@alturaassociates.com.

👋 That's all for this week. See you next Tuesday!

Whenever you're ready, there are 4 ways Nexus Labs can help you:

1. Take our shortcut to learning the Smart Buildings industry here (350 students and counting)

2. Join our community of smart buildings nerds and gamechangers here (450 members and counting)

3. Sponsor our newsletter & podcast & get 6k+ nerdy eyeballs and earholes on your brand, product, or business.

4. (NEW) Join the Nexus Labs Syndicate on Angellist for opportunities to invest in the best smart buildings startups that cross my desk each month.

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