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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: April, 2018
Apr 30, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to program a BAS?

In the latest episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast we discuss how BAS programming works and how you can go about learning to program HVAC with your BAS programming software.

  • Understanding the why behind your programming actions (1:15)
  • Why your mentality determines if you can program (5:00)
  • The traditional way of learning to program (5:30)
  • The questions you need to ask yourself before programming (6:55)
  • Is your program user dependent or user independent (9:55)
  • What is programming? (12:07)
  • How DDC controllers enabled us to write programs (13:00)
  • Do you really understand inputs and outputs (15:50)
  • How your choice of variable type will determine the safety of your programs (22:05)
  • The two ways of programming BAS (25:00)
  • Five steps to programming success (27:52)
  • The reason you must write your boolean logic before your analog logic (30:40)
  • Why following the sequence line for line is a recipe for disaster (33:55)
Apr 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered how you control central utility plants? Or how to sequence multiple chillers in a decoupled loop?

If complex central utility plant control is something you'd like to better understand then you are in the right place. 

In this episode of the building automation monthly podcast we discuss the control and sequencing of complex central utility plants. We will cover:

-How chilled water systems work

-Control strategies for complex central plants

-The 4 different methods for staging on and off chillers

 

Apr 9, 2018

Do you work with VAV boxes?

Have you ever wondered why you can't maintain a space's temperature setpoint even when all the "controls" seem to be working?

If so this episode is for you. In episode 110 of the Building Automation Monthly podcast, we discuss how to effectively control a space. This episode takes a deep dive into the topic of space control and covers:

  • How air changes work
  • Strategies for preventing supply fan failures on startup
  • The importance of understanding standards
  • How ventilation works and the importance of min and max flow settings
  • And much, MUCH more
Apr 2, 2018

Does reading a building automation control sequence feel like deciphering hieroglyphics?

Having a solid understanding of building automation control sequences is critical for your building automation career. 

But how do you learn control sequences? What makes a good control sequence? 

How do you understand what a control sequence is telling you to do when it's all mixed up and indecipherable?

It doesn't have to be this way. In this three-part series, we will unpack what control sequences are and how to interpret them.

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