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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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Now displaying: February, 2018
Feb 26, 2018

Have you ever stopped and thought about why we control systems the way we do?

Folks often ask me, "Phil, what is the number one thing a BAS professional needs to know".

Without any hesitation, my answer is Control Sequences. At the time I'm writing this I've had the honor of helping dozens of managers and owners of BAS companies create effective training programs for their employees. Without question, the number one course that these managers and owners are looking for is a training program that discusses control sequences.

Why is this?

This is because understanding control sequences is core to every other BAS function, bar none. That's why I'm starting a multi-week series where I will be discussing control sequences. This is the first episode of the series and in this episode, you will learn:

► What control sequences are and where they reside
► The three-step process for working through control sequences
► Why focusing on sequence flow is critical to success
► How to understand a sequence no matter how complex it is

Feb 19, 2018

Every day millions of buildings are operated. But not via a BAS. 

No, these buildings are operated manually via timeclocks, hand/off/autos, and 2x4's. 

The reality is we have failed these buildings. We have failed to adequately educate and inspire these buildings operators and owners to invest in a BAS.

That stops today!

In this episode I layout 6 reasons why a BAS is needed. I am arming you with 6 compelling reasons why your customers, managers, or maybe even you yourself need to invest in a BAS.

Specifically, you will learn:

► You can't run a building without a BAS
► You are shortening the life of your equipment without a BAS
► You are paying more to condition your spaces without a BAS
► You can't provide your tenants control without a BAS
► You need more manpower without a BAS
► You will have trouble getting people to come to a building without a BAS

Feb 12, 2018

Have you ever wondered what makes a building automation system work? In this episode I lay out the key principles that you need to know in order to have a solid foundation of building automation knowledge.

Feb 5, 2018

In this episode I talk with Ryan Hughson of Optigo networks about the major changes that are happening in BAS networking. Ryan and I discuss:

► What OT and IT networks are

► The big changes to BAS networking and how to address them

► Why the differences between IP and Serial Bus field controllers matter

► And much more

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