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Driving Change

The Digital Buildings Council (DBC) is a not-for-profit group of industry specialists who see a more collaborative and interconnected approach as the means of breaking downs silos and providing the necessary clarity and assurance to help fulfil the potential of digital buildings.

What is the Digital Buildings Council?

Governed by members, the DBC aims to fill gaps in existing frameworks with smaller, focused and more representative agile working groups to drive demand through addressing the following issues:

  • Market confusion through too many conflicting voices, vested interests and inconsistency of language used.
  • Technology promise gap, between what is claimed versus what’s possible and is being delivered.
  • Change focus from the Why and What to the How of digital building implementation.
  • How to demonstrate ROI and think holistically about how it’s calculated.
  • Practical guidance on sustainability performance and how technology can help improve good governance and user experience.
  • Engagement of Cost and Project Management Consultants to mitigate value engineering through aligning digital outcomes and their costs early in the project lifecycle.

Founding Members

Discover the organisations driving change with collaboration.

Steering Committee Members

Meet the industry leaders driving change within the DBC

Jess
Simmtronic

JESS COSTANZO

Commercial Director

ABOUT JESS
As Commercial Director at Simmtronic, Jess is responsible for all commercial strategy and decision making across the business. She is particularly passionate about shaping the future of the built environment, especially in fostering a diverse pool of talent to tackle the various challenges it presents. An avid data enthusiast, Jess enjoys bringing people closer to actionable insights, challenging assumptions about what good looks like in both the business operations and property management context.

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Hereworks

DANIEL WATSON

UK Director

ABOUT DANIEL

Daniel is a highly motivated consultant and technologist in the fields of Workspace Technology, Smart Buildings, and AV. He possesses a proven track record of empowering businesses to meet their objectives and ambitions through technology projects and programs. His expertise lies in delivering cutting-edge real estate technology projects centred on creating seamless and inclusive user experiences, providing excellent ROI, and maintaining exceptional service standards.

Daniel is known for his strategic visioning, workplace evangelism, solutions engineering, project management, and leading digital transformation and change.

ravi
Cordless Consultants

Ravi Lakhani

Head of Smart

ABOUT RAVI
Ravi is a technology enthusiast passionate about emerging platforms that deliver substantial value to users. He possesses a diverse skill set, from project coordination and delivery to spearheading strategic development for our products’ entry into new markets. Ravi is dedicated to ensuring that his clients have access to top-tier technology, complemented by genuine, customer-centric interaction.

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Smart Spaces

Dan Drogman

CEO

ABOUT DAN
Dan Drogman is a software development entrepreneur and CEO of Smart Spaces. He provides leading owners and developers of real estate with smart building solutions.

His company, Smart Spaces, enables building owners to add an extra dimension to their services via its internet of things cloud-based platform, smartphone app and digital twin, giving clients 360-degree engagement with and control of their office environment.

Mike
LMG

Mike Hook

Executive Director

ABOUT MIKE
As joint owner and board Director at LMG, Mike works closely with property developers, owners, occupants, and general contractors around the world to ensure they get full value from their investments through the intelligent use of smart building and ICT technology.

From working in a wide range of markets across Europe, Asia and the US, Mike has acquired a unique combination of technical and business skills that enables me to convert technological innovation into valuable business outcomes.

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NUXFORM

KEVIN BROWNELL

Director

ABOUT KEVIN
Kevin aims is to break down the silos of building technology enabling them to work together for a significantly improved user experience and return on investment. He believes that SMART = Simply Making A Real Transformation.

alan
Multiplex

Alan Williamson

Senior Services Manager

ABOUT ALAN
Alan is an adaptable Senior Services Manager within new build, refurbishment and high rise project sectors with over 13 years’ experience working as a Project Manager within the construction industry. Alan holds Chartership as an Environmentalist (CEnv) and the grade of Fellow within the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

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OneSight Solutions

JESSE POULTON

Business Development Director

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CANARY WHARF CONTRACTORS

PETER BECK

Design Executive - Special Systems

Asset 5
DELTA CONTROLS

John Brough

Director of Operations

ABOUT JOHN
John has direct knowledge and experience of using various IT/OT methods to connect building telemetry to Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Watson, and other cloud services. He has also successfully managed and executed multiple large-scale projects involving smart and connected buildings, achieving significant improvements in efficiency, performance, and customer satisfaction. John’s mission is to enable people to optimize their building operations, reduce their environmental impact, and enhance their occupant experience.

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SES

JAMES THOMAS

Head of Smart Buildings & Technology

ABOUT JAMES
James is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Manager (CMgr), with over 20 years experience in the HVAC industry working for the leading MEP contractors and focussing on BMS and DDC control systems.

Specialising in BMS, building technology, automation, integration, energy monitoring/management, performance optimisation and innovation, James is a passionate advocate of systems integration, converged networking and the IOT.

James is known for passionately believe that what we install today, needs to be ready for tomorrow.

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MIX Consultancy

BRAHM LATEGAN

Associate, Smart Buildings

ABOUT BRAHM

Brahm is an enabler, facilitator, listener, hurdler, engineer, and a lifelong entrepreneur with multifaceted skills and emotional intelligence.

As a senior architect in the fields of buildings, industry, and mission-critical automation systems, including IIoT and SCADA, he also has expertise in PMS, EMS, and BMS.

His sales, operations, and commercial experience have been hard-earned through the challenges of running a micro-SME. He excels at creating opportunities, building relationships, pitching, winning, and successfully delivering projects for corporate clients and blue-chip companies.

justin
Digital Buildings Council

JUSTIN KIRBY

Chief Advocacy Officer

ABOUT JUSTIN
Justin is a Market Engagement Specialist who connects the dots between research, innovation, go-to-market strategies, and business transformation through three core activities: content, connections, and conversations. He has a passion for initiating and nurturing meaningful dialogues and actions within the smart buildings industry.

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ETHOS ENGINEERING

BRIAN COOGAN

Director, Digital Services

ABOUT BRIAN
As a dedicated digital transformationist, Brian combines my passion for technology with my experience, studies and learnings in UX and digital innovation to help organisations invest in the right technology. He develops and aligns sustainability, wellness and ICT strategies with the business and operational requirements, ensuring the right outcomes are achieved, thereby driving operational efficiencies and enhanced user experiences.

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FPC Global

James Atkins

Director

ABOUT JAMES
James is an experienced and technically astute Director, with a track record of implementing and delivering Digital Building programs globally to the commercial real estate and high-end residential market.

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