Founder Note

Every Wednesday, we send out "the single best resource on technology for buildings", Nexus' Founder Note. Each issue includes a note from Nexus Labs Founder, James Dice, along with a podcast, featured speaker, an event list, and more. Sign up today.

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🎧 #140: The value of occupancy data and reducing risks with leak detection

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"You can't just sell the data. It's got enormous value, but it needs to be manifested and taught in such a way that people can react to it." Episode 140 is a conversation with Bayron Lopez Pineda, Director of OT Operational Technology at Kilroy Realty and Mike Moran, Chief Markets Officer and Chief Risk & Sustainability Officer at MicroShare. We talked about Killroy Realty's Smart Buildings Program and got into the weeds on how they're thinking about occupancy data and leak detection, which are two topics we've discussed on the podcast, but not in detail.

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Announcing the “seller” ecosystem

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Today’s newsletter is part 4 in our series about the humans we wrap around the tech stack to form the smart buildings ecosystem.

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🎧 #139: Q1 2023 M&A Roundup with J³

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Episode 139 is a conversation with Joe Aamidor of Aamidor Consulting and Jeanne Casey of Nuveen. If you add me in, you get J³. This is the fourth installment of our M&A Roundup series, recorded in February 2023 all about what's happening in the marketplace right now. We unpacked the most interesting recent mergers and acquisitions in the smart buildings industry and dove into why, our reaction to them, and other trends they’re related to.

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🎧 #138: The one where James gets interviewed

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Episode 138 is a special episode with Nexus Labs' new COO, Rosy Khalife. We introduce you to Rosy who, for the first time on the podcast, turns the tables on me and interviews me. We talk about my background before starting Nexus Labs, the founding story of the company, and the future. If you're looking for some background on Nexus Labs, this is definitely a good place to start.

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The Voice of the Customer

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Today’s newsletter is part 3 in our series about the humans we wrap around the tech stack to form the smart buildings ecosystem: Voices of the buy personas. We have this saying in our industry: “every building is a snowflake.” Do you say it? It’s true… but we shouldn’t let that be an excuse for inaction or resisting change.

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🎧 #137: Jigar Shah wants to fund your Virtual Power Plant

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"We pay $10 billion per year for balancing the grid using natural gas, peaker plants, etc. when we could be paying that to households for those services instead."

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The humans of smart buildings: our "buyer" personas

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Today’s newsletter is part 2 in a series about the humans we wrap around the tech stack to form the smart buildings ecosystem. Here’s a summary of the series: Part 1: The two sides of the ecosystem: buyers and sellers—where do you fit? (last week) Part 2: The humans of smart buildings: our "buyer" personas (today)

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🎧 #136: Innovation and case studies of grid-interactive efficient buildings

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Episode 136 is a conversation with Cindy Zhu, Director of Grid Services at Prescriptive Data. We primarily cover grid-interactive efficient buildings, or GEB, my second least favorite acronym in our industry (behind SPOG of course).

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January 2023 Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

James Dice

Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss. These digests are designed to save you time and allow you to catch up on the whole month. Then you can dive deeper wherever you’d like.

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The ecosystem: where do you fit?

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Buildings (and the industry supporting them) are transformed by humans and organizations of humans. Today’s newsletter kicks off a series about the humans we wrap around the tech stack to form the smart buildings ecosystem. Here’s where we’re headed:

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🎧 #135: Transforming the market, with regulation and without

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Episode 135 is a conversation with Cliff Majersik, Senior Advisor at the Institute for Market Transformation, a nonprofit that’s focused on regulatory and nonregulatory ways to push the economy toward decarbonization.

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Why we invested in WattCarbon

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Last fall, we launched the Nexus Labs Syndicate and started off with an investment in Xeal. Today, I’m excited to announce our second investment in WattCarbon!WattCarbon, led by Nexus Pro member McGee Young, allows energy consumers to offset their energy use on a time and locational basis from renewable energy projects, demand response dispatch, and electrification projects sourced from their own communities, turning local buildings into decarbonization assets.Our investment was part of WattCarbon’s $4.5 million seed round led by True Ventures, with participation from Village Global, Jetstream, Not Boring Capital, Keiki Capital, Greensoil PropTech Ventures, and others.

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🎧 #134: The building operator's role in decarbonization and digitization

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Episode 134 is a conversation with Comly Wilson, CMO at Enertiv. I enjoyed this one because I believe in a lot of what Comly was saying about workflows being the key to decarbonizing buildings. And not just decarbonization, really implementing any new technology or changing the way things are done in any way requires you to start with the way people work currently and meet them where they’re at.

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New white paper: The 5 Vital Roles

James Dice

Our latest white paper summarizes the five vital roles that every smart building program needs on the team. We talk a lot about the flashy new technology required for smart buildings. But we must always remember that when we're changing how things are done, it's people that make it happen.

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🎧 #133: How the building automation supply chain works (and when it doesn't)

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Episode 133 is a conversation and history lesson with Leroy Walden, a veteran of the building automation system integrator ecosystem in Atlanta, Georgia. We unpacked how the building automation supply chain functions, including the roles of the manufacturers, distributors, and integrators responsible for controlling HVAC systems in major metropolitan areas. And of course, we talked about the downsides and opportunities of that status quo when it comes to implementing smart building technologies. And as we’ve talked about in the past HVAC controls are one silo in the building that operates similarly to the other silos, so the insights in this conversation are applicable to access control, lighting, electrical products, etc.

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Where we're headed in 2023

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First, we must acknowledge what I believe is the giant elephant in the room: ME.

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🎧 #132: Refrigerants: the Cinderella of the Decarbonization Movement

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Episode 132 is a conversation with Tristam Coffin, Co-Founder of Effecterra. We started, as usual with Tristam’s background which includes heavy experience in the grocery vertical. But our main focus here is on sustainable refrigerants. We’ve spent a long time covering how the buildings industry needs to decarbonize by electrifying heating systems using heat pumps, but we and the industry as a whole have overlooked the elephant in the room: the GWP of refrigerants themselves and how they contribute to climate change and every organization’s progress toward net zero. Or, as Tristam said, refrigerants are like Cinderella: they haven’t been invited to the decarbonization ball.

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Kickstart your learning this year

James Dice

I'm back after taking a few weeks off for R&R and some exploration off of my normal beaten path. I can't think about smart buildings 24/7/365, can I? Before we talk about smart buildings, I have some carveouts to share from my explorations:

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Nexus Labs' Year in Review

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2022 Review: 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.

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The commissioning agent

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We need a coordinated and systematic approach to testing and verifying that all of a building's systems are working together properly. That’s where the commissioning (Cx) agent comes in.

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🎧 #131: Google's BOS Program & Creating Software-Defined Buildings

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Episode 131 is a conversation with Kathy Farrington, Digital Buildings Lead at Google. This is the 4th episode in our Google series, which unpacks different facets of their global smart buildings program and dates back to 2020. This one with Kathy is probably where we should have started because as she shares, she was involved from the beginning when it was just a side project she focused on with her 20% time.

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The Network Manager

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The Network Layer is a vital part of a smart building's infrastructure. It is: ...a dedicated layer with its own hardware, software, standard operating procedures, and key stakeholders who take responsibility for doing it right. It should be converged, monitored, maintained, and have redundancy.

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It's Time to Rethink Physical Access Control

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The access control industry is in the midst of a transformation. This transformation is the difference between a $10B industry, which focuses just on security, and a $100B+ total addressable market.

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🎧 #130: Allianz's smart buildings program and the importance of the BOS

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"For us, it's simpler to work with applications that go on top of the BOS because we can control the information being accessed. Without the BOS, transparency is limited, which limits the number of use cases.By adding this data layer, we're dramatically increasing transparency and the possibilities of what else can easily be added on top."

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Your November Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

James Dice

Hey friends, Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss. These digests are designed to save you ti

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The MSI

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As we celebrate the holidays and start to wind down the year, I'm reflecting on the progress in our industry in 2022. One definite area of progress is defining the specialist roles needed to make smart buildings successful. In this series, we're summarizing five vital roles that every smart building program needs on the team.

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🎧 #129: Decarbonizing New York City through Local Law 97

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“The tools that have always been successful at instigating change are benchmarking and performance standards. Let's use those tools and evolve them to better fit the needs of today's definition of a high-performance building, which includes the carbon aspect, grid interactivity, and occupant responsiveness."

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The Design Consultant

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One definite area of progress is defining the specialist roles needed to make smart buildings successful. In this series, we're summarizing five vital roles that every smart building program needs on the team. We talk a lot about the flashy new technology required for smart buildings. But we must always remember that when we're changing how things are done, it's people that make it happen. Here are the five roles we're going to cover:

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🎧 #128: James McGinniss on DER technology and the future of electricity consumption (Replay)

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“The grid is starting to look a lot like the internet. These IOT devices are distributed, digital, user owned and operated nodes. They can buy from the grid, they can sell from the grid, they can respond dynamically.

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The Smart Building Champion

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We talk a lot about the flashy new technology required for smart buildings. But we must always remember that when we're changing how things are done, it's people that make it happen. Here are the five roles we're going to cover: The Smart Building Champion The Design Consultant The Master Systems IntegratorThe Network ManagerThe Commissioning Agent

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🎧 #127: CRE Market Talk #1 with Mandi Wedin and Joe Gaspardone

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“Don't spend your time with the laggards who don't yet see the need for (smart building technology). When they see it they'll find you. Go find owners with a need and then meet that need."

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Energy efficiency thinking is outdated

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The word “decarbonization” was everywhere. The green building community is undergoing two shifts: (1) from valuing energy efficiency to valuing the amount of carbon emitted and (2) from valuing “green” materials to valuing the amount of carbon emitted to get them in the building. The decarbonization push is underway beyond that conference… It's industry wide. Let’s focus on the first shift today: What does it mean to shift from energy to carbon?

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🎧 #126: Decarbonization from the trenches

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“There is another use case for smart building systems and for BAS, and it is critical input data for designing low-carbon systems for your building that if you don't have that data, you are not going to design your systems properly. They will probably be oversized and a lot more expensive than they need to be compared to as if you had good data to design on."

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Why we invested in Xeal

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It's been a month since we launched the Nexus Labs Syndicate and I'm excited to announce our first investment!Xeal provides hardware and software to real estate owners looking to provide EV charging as an amenity for their tenants. We're honored to join Keyframe Capital, ArcTern Ventures, Moderne Ventures, and others in Xeal's $40M Series B round.

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🎧 #125: Sara Neff on the roadmap to absolute zero carbon

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“A building can only run as efficiently as its engineer knows how to run it. Unless you have an engineer-first mindset, none of your energy efficiency efforts is ever really going to reap the rewards."

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Your October Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

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Hey friends, Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss. These digests are designed to save you ti

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New funding for decarbonization

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A big shift is happening in financing for decarbonization projects in the United States. In my private conversations with real estate sustainability and ESG leaders, I've learned this is one of the top things on their minds.

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🎧 #124: Tearle Whitson Tells the Inside Story of Microsoft's Smart Buildings Program

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“We can have all the technology in the world but dropping it into a building doesn't magically transform it. It ultimately is a tool. Your people can be empowered by this tool but it will never do everything for you. You have to set objectives, lean in and embrace the technology. You have to train your people and build the organization in a structure that supports it."

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Why you're underestimating M&A

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So I decided to seek out some expert guidance from outside the core Nexus audience—what might people be missing by dismissing M&A as a transformational force? Enter: Proptech Bankers. They believe consolidation is inevitable; it will play a key role in fixing the current technology fragmentation in the smart building market; and any landlord or proptech company not currently in consolidation conversations is missing an important opportunity to control their destiny.Their answer as to why M&A will be key in fixing fragmentation is at the link below, along with feedback on what's happening around M&A in the current market and what startups should expect in the near and distant future.Why M&A will be key in fixing fragmentation

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Thought Leader: Why M&A will fix fragmentation in Smart Buildings

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TL;DR: We spoke to Proptech Bankers about the current state of proptech M&A. They believe consolidation is inevitable; it will play a key role in fixi

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🎧 #123: October 2022 M&A Roundup with J³

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“There's definitely still venture capital money out there looking for great companies, especially in the smart building space. As long as you have a clear thesis and value proposition and your tech addresses a need of a building owner/operator, you're going to pass this deeper diligence with flying colors."

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The Lens: Measurabl + Wegowise

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Hey gamechangers! Welcome to The Lens, a monthly-ish recurring series where I unpack the strategy and context behind the news in as few words as poss

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How can analytics go mainstream?

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“It’s not first to market that wins, it’s the first to cross the chasm.”—Geoffrey Moore

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🎧 #122: Matt Ellis on The New Business Case for Decarbonization and Why Platforms are Vital

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"Real estate owners buy and sell assets and drive yield. So we needed to reframe little "e", the discussion on electrons, and expand into big "E", environmental social governance. Doing so helped the real estate owner understand not commodities, but yield and risk in return."

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🎧 #121: Stacy Smedley on the Road to Zero Carbon Construction and Where Technology Fits

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“Step one (of 3) on reducing embodied carbon emissions is to start thinking about if we have to build a building at all. So if we just stopped building right now, there's plenty of empty space for us to put all that square footage into that we say we need. And beyond that, we have more than we need."

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The most important data for smarter buildings

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What's the most important type of data for creating smarter buildings?I'd argue that for every type of building except data centers, it's occupancy data.

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Your August & September Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

James Dice

Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss.These digests are designed to save you time and allow you to catch up on the whole month. Then you can dive deeper wherever you’d like.Enjoy.

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🎧 #120: Fixing Offsets and Decarbonizing Buildings with McGee Young

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Disclosure: Nexus Labs Syndicate is an investor in WattCarbon. “They're doing the same thing they did last year, but now it's called decarbonization. But the reality is, is that they are decarbonizing buildings. The work that we've been doing for 20 years is the right work to be doing we just don't have a metric to measure ourselves against and a way to value that work."

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Introducing: the Nexus Labs Syndicate

James Dice

Today we're launching a new project here at Nexus Labs. Some of you will say, "What took you so long???". Others will say, "WTF?". This newsletter answers both of those questions, plus it invites you to participate in the fun. Commercial buildings owners are now required to digitize, decarbonize, protect the health of occupants, and provide those occupants with a great user experience—all while realizing the business results of each of the stakeholders involved. And all of this change is only happening faster and faster. 🤯They need to level up.

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🎧 #119: How service robots fit into the smart building ecosystem

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“We see an expansion of robots doing 80% of a job in the service sector, allowing humans to do what's complex." —Greg Scott Welcome to Ne

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🎧 #118: Simplifying decarbonization with Aaron Block

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“There's a lot of complexity that goes into building a technology that simplifies things for people." —Aaron Block Welcome to Nexus, a ne

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The 8 GEB enablers

James Dice

This edition of the Nexus Newsletter is brought to you by enVerid Systems and Montgomery Technologies. Hey friends, "Grid-interactive efficient buil

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🎧 #117: 4 Steps to Sustainable Indoor Air Quality

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“We can accomplish both sustainability and IAQ, but we need to think holistically. And we need to think in terms of layered strategies and framewor

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The IDL's role in simplifying 'smart'

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As Passive Logic's CEO Troy Harvey said recently, buildings are the most complex things humans make. Complexity is one of the reasons why the intelligence of buildings lags behind more simple objects.

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🎧 #116: Integrating "Smart" Into the Construction Process with Charlie Buscarino

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“In the beginning of their journey to a smart building, many of our clients are wondering what they need to buy to check the box. We've flippe

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API-first companies

James Dice

Longtime listeners to the Nexus podcast know my favorite question: Why is the technology in buildings so far behind? I love asking it because I keep getting different, but insightful answers, which help us understand the obstacles we need to collectively overcome to make smarter buildings. However, after asking it dozens of times, there’s still one answer I believe in but haven’t yet heard: Our industry is behind because we don’t yet have enough API-first companies.

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🎧 #115: The role of the smart building consultant with Bruce Duyshart

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“My 80/20 rule is that it's 20% of technology—and there are a lot of technologies in a smart building. And it's 80% about people and human engineer

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The 3 types of MSIs

James Dice

Each month, the Nexus Pro community comes together for our member gathering. Think: dozens of smart buildings nerds networking on Zoom! 🤓At our June 2022 member gathering, Andrew Knueppel of Cushman Wakefield presented his thoughts on procuring vital master systems integrator (MSI) services for a client. This presentation resonated with lots of our members (including me!), and today I want to share Andrew's insights more broadly. As a reminder, there are no certifications or standards or minimum qualifications to be an MSI. You simply submit a bid on MSI work and if you win, you call yourself the MSI. For buildings owners, this can be confusing!

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🎧 #114: Decarbonized Buildings Require Better Energy Modeling Tools

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“I don't know as much as a tax consultant by a long shot, but for most cases with TurboTax, 90% of the cases, I was good. The 10% of the cases, I'm

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The Lens: Sparkfund acquires EPX Group

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Welcome to The Lens, a monthly-ish recurring series where I unpack the strategy and context behind the news. (Normally, these deep dives are exclusive to members of Nexus Pro. Enjoy!)For Volume 10, let's talk about Sparkfund's acquisition of EPX Group. This acquisition has not been previously publicly announced, meaning this is BREAKING NEWS brought to you by Nexus Labs! How exciting…Volume 10 post brings together our recent coverage of M&A activity in decarbonization software and continues our series on the growth and importance of platform business models in the digitization and decarbonization of the buildings industry.

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🎧 #113: The Data Required for The Third Phase of ESG

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> “Why isn't everybody that's using energy accurately collecting data on the source of their energy and also the use of their energy? And then saying,

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Supervisory control from the 1980s

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A wide gap has grown between (1) what technology is capable of and (2) what the average building automation system (BAS) is capable of. Simultaneously, building owners are demanding better performance out of building systems—a level of performance that’s extremely rare, perhaps impossible, with the old technology. Consider a few use cases from recent conversations and projects:

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🎧 #112: Demystifying 'Zero Trust'

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> “Complacency is no longer a viable option. If you're looking around and you're seeing your third parties getting carte blanche access to your networ

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Your July Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

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Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss. These digests are designed to save you time and allow you to catch up on the whole month. Then you can dive deeper wherever you’d like.

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New white paper: Nexus Lore

James Dice

We've been building up our Lore (a body of traditions and knowledge) on the subject of smart building technology for the last 2+ years. I know this because our (particularly) nerdy terms and acronyms—IDL, ASC, etc—are gaining steam and showing up in specifications, investor pitch decks, and conference agendas around the world.Part of my job as the founder of this amazing community is to help define and curate our Lore. So today, I'm sharing our white paper on the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, and in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom.

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🎧 #111: Tenant apps: the why, what, and how with Prasan Kale

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> “I was building buildings. I was running a large portfolio. And the number one brick wall I kept running into was technology silos. There were 8 to

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What's a Building OS?

James Dice

Hey friends, Last week, I asked my LinkedIn followers a difficult question: "What is a Building Operating System?" [https://www.linkedin.com/posts/

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🎧 #110: The evolution of the access control system with Lee Odess

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> “In 1973, the value proposition was to keep bad people out. If no one has been shot in your building, it's working. That still remains, but the indu

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🎧 #109: Demystifying wireless technology for CRE

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> “One perspective is I don't see wires anymore. Still, in the backend, there are lots of wires and there are lots of different wireless connectivity

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"This framework is incredible"

James Dice

“This framework is incredible for understanding the difference between technologies.” —Nexus Foundations student Hey friends, In Module 4 of the

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🎧 #108: Mid-2022 M&A Roundup with J³

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> “The environment that we've been in for many years and that we are currently in and heading into is very relevant for what's going on in the space,

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Part 10: The Messy Middle

James Dice

Today, we're wrapping up our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom.If you want to start at the beginning, check out our white paper with all 10 parts: Nexus Lore. Lore is never written by one person, so send us your feedback for v2!

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🎧 #107: Balancing Embodied and Operational Carbon Emissions

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> “As we draw down the operational carbon side of things, our embodied carbon piece of the pie is going to be closer to 50% of overall carbon emission

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Part 9: The Apps We Need

James Dice

Today, we're continuing our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom.If you want to start at the beginning, check out our white paper with all 10 parts: Nexus Lore. Lore is never written by one person, so send us your feedback for v2!

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Your June Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

James Dice

Hey friends, Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss. These digests are designed to save you ti

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🎧 #106: A day in the life of a digitized, decarbonized building

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> "I like the buildings industry because it's a physical manifestation of our values. A building that is truly net zero, set up to have composting, el

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Part 8: The App Layer

James Dice

Today, we're continuing our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom. If you want to start at the beginning, check out our white paper with all 10 parts: Nexus Lore. Lore is never written by one person, so send us your feedback for v2! Let's jump into Part 8, the sexiest building block...

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🎧 #105: What the small buildings market has been missing with Tanya Barham

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> “The reason why less than 10% of the commercial building market actually use building automation can be summarized by just one factor. I could show

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Part 7: The Data Model

James Dice

Today, we're continuing our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom. If you want to start at the beginning, check out our white paper with all 10 parts: Nexus Lore. Lore is never written by one person, so send us your feedback for v2! Let's jump into Part 7, our nerdiest building block...

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🎧 #104: New York City's unique RTEM program

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> "Why would you get something that tracks consumption but doesn't include fault detection and diagnostics? Something that doesn't also include predic

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The Lens: Arcadia + Urjanet

James Dice

Welcome to The Lens, a monthly-ish recurring series where I unpack the strategy and context behind the news in as few words as possible. For past editions, check out Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, Vol. 7, and Vol. 8. For Volume 9, let's talk about Arcadia's acquisition of Urjanet.

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Part 6: The Independent Data Layer

James Dice

Hey friends, Today, we're continuing our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcas

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🎧 #103: Nuveen's top technology priorities

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> “In the landscape of proptech there is such a lack of data and lack of access to our own data and our potential ability to make better investment an

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Your May Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

James Dice

Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss. These digests are designed to save you time and allow you to catch up on the whole month. Then you can dive deeper wherever you’d like.

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Part 5: The Network Layer

James Dice

Hey friends, Today, we're continuing our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcas

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🎧 #102: Unpacking 2022's major themes with Newcomb & Boyd

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> “One of the things that COVID showed us is that so many people's buildings are not responsive to occupancy. So no matter how well you designed the b

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Part 4: The Device Layer

James Dice

Let's continue our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom.If you want to start at the beginning, check out our white paper with all 10 parts: Nexus Lore.

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🎧 #101: Virtual Engineering with Hank

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> "Virtual engineering is an inevitability. It's not a, 'there may be a breakup of this vertically integrated stack, this monolithic stack that everyb

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Part 3: The Horizontal Architecture

James Dice

Let's continue our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom. If you want to start at the beginning, check out our white paper with all 10 parts: Nexus Lore.

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The Lens: Measurabl + Hatch Data

James Dice

Welcome to The Lens, a monthly-ish recurring series where I unpack the strategy and context behind the news in as few bullet points as possible. For past editions, check out Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, and Vol. 7.For Volume 8, let's talk about Measurabl's acquisition of Hatch Data.

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🎧 #100: Decarbonization, blockchain, and the Building OS with KPMG and Prescriptive Data

James Dice

> “The current state of climate reporting is a bit like choose your own adventure, but also grade your own paper." —Tegan Keele Welcome to Nexus

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Part 2: The Overlays

James Dice

Let's continue our series on Nexus Lore: the core concepts that come up again and again in this newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom.If you want to start at the beginning, check out our white paper with all 10 parts: Nexus Lore.

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🎧 #099: Duke University's Decarbonization and Digitization Journey

James Dice

> “When I ask my team to put together an energy efficiency project, it's their job to get off the energy island and go get integrated into the other c

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(Smart) building blocks Part 1: The Silos

James Dice

The Oxford Dictionary defines 'Lore' as: "A body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth."We, the Nexus community, are a particular group. That might be the understatement of the year...

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Your April Member Digest [Nexus Pro]

James Dice

Welcome to the Nexus Pro member digest… a collection of recent highlights you shouldn’t miss.These digests are designed to save you time and allow you to catch up on the whole month. Then you can dive deeper wherever you’d like.

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The Nexus Vendor Landscape

James Dice

Since around 2015, I’ve been keeping an Evernote notebook of smart building vendors’ products. Whenever I see a new startup, an event that seems to occur on a weekly basis, I throw it on the list. When one company buys another, I update the notebook. When I see a product demonstration, I create a page in my notebook and add screenshots, capabilities, strengths, weaknesses.The list has been growing and growing—there are now 100+ vendors! And since we’re mostly focused with building optimization and performance at Nexus, this only includes a small portion of everything underneath the broad and ambiguous “smart buildings” umbrella.

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🎧 #098: Louise Monger on Schneider Electric's approach to digital buildings

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> “I read a great quote last night, 'Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.'" —Louise Monger Welcome to N

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Platform police

James Dice

I love online courses—and not just because I teach one. I'm also an avid student. With our world moving so fast, I see online courses as the best way to learn frameworks that help us make sense of all this change. Right now, I'm taking the Platform Strategy Sprint by Section4.

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🎧 #097: Indoor air quality strategies and standards across 50 million square feet

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> “Joe Allen made this very clear business case around cognitive function that any real estate sales person with a pulse could pick up and say, 'Hey,

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Of boots and suits

James Dice

Last week, the Nexus Pro community came together for a subject matter expert workshop hosted by Pro member Mike Brown, Co-Founder and CEO of LogCheck, a company acquired last year by Building Engines which was then acquired by JLL. After watching it (and chatting with Mike while I was in NYC), I felt like the lessons buried in LogCheck's story should be shared more widely. They're applicable to the whole industry—even if you think maintenance is boring. Especially if you think maintenance is boring. Let's jump in.

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