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The Smart Buildings Academy Podcast | Teaching You Building Automation, Systems Integration, and Information Technology

The weekly podcast where Phil Zito discusses topics related to building automation and provides useful tips and action packed examples to help you better understand building automation.
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Nov 27, 2017

Preventative maintenance is the core of good facility management. 

Most facility professionals and service technicians can easily name off half a dozen HVAC maintenance tasks. But when you ask them to name off tasks related to BAS...

Well, I hope you like the sound of crickets because in most cases that's all you'll hear.

But contrary to popular belief there are dozens of preventative maintenance (PM) tasks for a BAS. In this episode we continue to explore the topic of preventative maintenance for Building Automation Systems (BAS). If you've been looking to take the performance of your BAS to the next level or if you simply want to add a couple more years to your BAS life then this episode is for you!

Nov 20, 2017

Preventative Maintenance. What comes to mind when you think of those two words?

Do you think about filter change outs and fan belt replacements? 

There is so much more to maintaining a BAS then the traditional HVAC maintenance activities. 

If you've been looking to take your BAS's performance to the next level then this episode is definitely for you. By the end of this episode, you'll have a series of maintenance activities that will result in massive time and energy savings for you. 

Nov 13, 2017

There's been a phrase floating around for the past couple years now but I've been hearing it pop up a lot more frequently lately. That phrase is OT vs IT.

This phrase is actually very common in the industrial/SCADA space but if you're in the BAS world it may leave you scratching your head.

  • What exactly is OT?
  • What does it have to do with IT?
  • And how does it affect you?

If you've been plagued by these questions then this episode is definitely for you. By the end of this episode, you'll know exactly what OT is, what it has to do with you, and how you can implement OT if you so choose. Let's dive in!

Nov 7, 2017

One of the biggest struggles that any person faces is what career path to go down. This is even more true in building automation. You see, building automation doesn’t naturally lend itself to a “path”. I’ve met technicians who are easily making “6 figures” and I’ve met senior integrators who are scraping by with “50k a year”.

But beyond the money, there is the enjoyment factor as well. How many of you truly love your job? Have you ever stopped to think about what really motivates you?

In this episode I take you through the exact same three-step process I used to discover what I was truly passionate about. This process has helped me to see immense growth in my career and I’ve used it to help other’s grow as well.

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