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The Propcast

Sep 29, 2021

In this episode The Propcast talks to James Dice the founder of Nexus Labs, and Ramya Ravichandar from JLL Technologies, about the Nexus Lab Foundation Course and how it can help further the industry’s understanding of smart buildings and sustainability. We also chat through how the smart building space is going to affect the future of our buildings. Explore the course here!


Key Insights From This Episode

  • There's a lot of growing momentum in the smart building space – James Dice
  • We're looking at bringing in CRE experts with world-class technologists to deliver solutions – Ramya Ravichandar
  • Why we need smart buildings depends on the “who” that we're talking about. So what we like to do is start with those humans and the outcomes that they need in order to get their jobs done better – James Dice
  • Technology is just only one component. The success of the product really depends on the people and the processes that are in play in that vertical – Ramya Ravichandar
  • It took me messing up a project and spending long nights and weekends in the office fixing it to learn a lot of the lessons that we try to bake into the curriculum – James Dice
  • Back in the day we were all excited about smart cities and I feel like we've come a full circle today. A decade later, we're still excited about smart cities but we're still grappling with what that exactly means – Ramya Ravichandar
  • Leaders are waking up to the fact that you need fundamental infrastructure and domain expertise to support smart buildings – Ramya Ravichandar 
  • Energy efficiency when I started my career in 2010 as an energy manager used to be a fringe thing. And now it's central to the business of real estate – James Dice
  • There's a clear call to action for everyone here in terms of being able to do what we can do to reduce emissions, reduce our carbon footprint and achieve net zero goals – Ramya Ravichandar


About Our Guests

James Dice 

James Dice, PE, CEM, CMVP is the founder of Nexus Labs, a weekly blog, podcast, online school, and consultancy striving to create smarter, more efficient buildings. Through Nexus, James shares remarkable stories with the aim of educating and moving the smart building industry forward. James created the Nexus Foundations course to share everything he wished someone had told him in his first 10 years in the smart buildings industry, showing how to avoid common pitfalls and roadblocks. James has experience as a professional engineer and energy efficiency innovator, and is an expert in data analytics software for smart buildings, such as Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS).


Ramya Ravichandar

Ramya is VP of Product Management and Sustainability at JLL Technologies, delivering clean-tech products to reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment. In her role Ramya is focused on enabling sustainability goals informed by the dimensions of Environment, Social, Governance, Resiliency (ESGR) through AI, ML, Edge, and IOT technologies. Ramya is a seasoned product leader in identifying blue ocean markets, with special expertise in defining, creating and launching innovative products. Ramya was part of the Nexus Labs course previous cohort of students. 


About Our Host

Louisa Dickins 

Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).

About LMRE 

LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the place at the time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.


Resources Mentioned

LMRE website 

Nexus Lab Foundation Course

James’ Podcast Nexus with James Dice

Nexus Lab newsletter, explore here

JLL Technologies website 

Nexus Labs website 


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