#55: Your favorites from 2020
Your top free posts, top podcasts, and top members-only posts from this crazy year
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👋 Good morning!
Since it’s the last newsletter of the year, we’re going to change it up a bit. If you’re taking some time off work for the holidays, here’s a reading list to catch up on the best Nexus stuff of the year:
🎙️ Your favorite podcasts
📚 Your favorite free posts
💡 Nexus Pro members’ favorite posts
And by “favorite”, I mean most engaged and shared and viewed.
If you missed last week’s edition, you can find it here.
1. 🎙️ Your favorite podcasts
✨ The best part: The five waves of use cases for analytics beyond energy savings
✨ Why you need to align yourself with your client’s long term goals
✨ How to use reinforcement learning (a type of AI) to improve upon the current BAS
Honorable mention because it’s 🔥 but hasn’t had time to rack up listens/views: 🎧 #029: Google's plan for smart buildings at scale
2. 📚 Your favorite free posts
#1: The BAS architecture of the future (Part 2 of 3)
✨ Matt’s checklists for each layer in the architecture
#2: The BAS industry is broken… here’s why (Part 1 of 3)
✨ Working with Matt and making a friend started here. Great fun.
✨ Sharing my personal vendor list and having others reach out and share theirs too. Fun fact: I’ve updated this evaluation framework for the Nexus Foundations course and the students really liked it.
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3. 💡 Nexus Pro members’ favorite posts
#1: How new technology is replacing old supervisory controls (Part 1 of 3)
✨ This is my favorite piece of the year. It started me down a several-month-long learning rabbit hole that I’m very proud of. Lots of concepts that I’ve been building on started right here (overlay vs. blank sheet of paper, advanced supervisory control, hierarchy of needs).
#2: ASC 2.0: cutting through the hype (Part 2 of 3)
✨ In part 2, I poked all the holes I could in the value proposition of advanced supervisory controls. Then I built the hype back up.
#3: A strategic approach to advanced supervisory control (Part 3 of 3)
✨ The five-part strategy for ASC:
Design a provider-agnostic, decoupled, standardized, owner-driven BAS (Ahem, the BAS Architecture of the Future)
Establish enabling practices
Start with setpoints, schedules, and sequences
Add the complex algorithms based on ROI
Perform M&V independently and decoupled from pricing models
Honorable mention because I think it’s 🔥 but you gave it no love: What the digital twin conversation is missing
OK, that’s all for this week, err, year—thanks for reading Nexus in 2020!
Happy New Year, and see you in 2021!
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