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Conversations with smart people exploring smart buildings technology, hosted by James Dice. www.nexuslabs.online

The Nexus Podcast James Dice

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Conversations with smart people exploring smart buildings technology, hosted by James Dice. www.nexuslabs.online

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

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

    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).

    GEB implies a connection between the electric utility and the building, or more specifically, the ability for a building to be a resource to the grid and provide demand flexibility. This is important so we can tailor our buildings’ load profiles to closely match when the grid is cleanest and help it become more resilient.

    • 1h 4 min
    🎧 #135: Transforming the market, with regulation and without

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

    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.

    We talked about how market transformation works, the policy levers that we in the United States have for requiring decarbonization, and finally, we dove into how building performance standards work and what building owners can expect from those laws as they spread throughout the US and the world.

    So without further ado, please enjoy this episode of the Nexus Podcast with Cliff Majersik.

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

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

    Before we dive in, I want to make sure everyone is aware of our new partner program. We’re looking for only the top smart building technology vendors, I’m talking 3-5 in each category, to join this new program, where we work together to tell the stories that matter on that category. Reach out to us if you’re interested in being in our inner circle.

    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.

    To that end, we spent most of the episode unpacking Comly’s hot take that 2022 was all about tenant experience and 2023 is going to be all about operator experience. So stay tuned for exactly what that means.

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

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

    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.

    One word of warning, if you think this conversation doesn’t concern you, yet you want to use data from the building in smart building applications or control systems better to save energy, please think again.

    So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with Leroy Walden.

    • 1h 20 min
    🎧 #132: Refrigerants: the Cinderella of the Decarbonization Movement

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

    Episode 132 is a conversation with Tristam Coffin, cofounder and 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.

    Well, this episode is about why they should be perhaps first on the invite list.

    • 1h 13 min
    🎧 #131: Google's BOS Program & Creating Software-Defined Buildings

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

    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.

    She tells the story of how it started, how it’s going, and where it’s headed. Finally, she introduces the concept of software-defined buildings and talks about progress building out the application layer. Fascinating progress here in my opinion.

    Before we dive in, did you know the Nexus Pro community is now almost 500 members strong? As someone recently said on LinkedIn, this is the best insider's network anywhere, where you can meet the people on the ground making smart buildings a reality. You can find more information or join here: https://www.nexuslabs.online/nexuspro/

    • 47 min

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