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Aug 27, 2018

Can you use a building automation system to optimize the performance of your facility? 

And if so, what does optimization even mean? 

In this episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we discuss what optimization is and the role your building automation system may, or may not, play in it.

Optimizing your BAS

  • What is optimization? (3:38)
  • The four benefits of optimization according to facility leaders (5:42)
  • How the four benefits of optimization build upon one another (6:45)
  • Why 72% of facility leaders feel optimization can work, but not for them (9:02)
  • Overcoming the four barriers to optimization (11:02)
  • How to collect data on what is happening in a facility (11:05)
  • The importance of selecting your data source (12:02)
  • Four categories of tools for BAS optimization (15:35)
  • How do we utilize the four tools to optimize a building? (18:46)
  • Why you must maximize your BAS functionality prior to using analytics (22:40)
Aug 20, 2018

We reached out to over a dozen facility owners of small and large facilities. The reason for doing this was to understand how they use their BAS and more importantly why they don't use it.

After doing this we found two interesting results. And in this episode of the Building Automation Monthly podcast we will talk through those results and how to integrate a building automation system into a facility process.

Creating your triage process

  • The biggest barriers that keep facilities owners from understanding BAS (1:51)
  • The hidden danger of learning through "tribal knowledge" (4:07)
  • Three common facility triage processes (5:14)
  • How to tie a BAS into the facility process (8:02)
  • What is the main goal of a facility? (10:02)
  • How to collect data on what is happening in a facility (11:05)
  • The importance of selecting your data source (12:02)
  • Four key questions your data should answer (14:49)
  • Three methods for gathering data for your triage process (18:22)
  • Why you must get to the core issue as fast as possible (22:08)
  • Use the right tool to identify the right issue (25:42)
  • Key questions you must be able to answer in order to optimize a facility team (29:21)
Aug 13, 2018

Utilizing a building automation system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a facility team can seem like a daunting challenge.

Where do you begin and what steps do you take?

In this episode, we "go back to the basics". We are going to look at how to command and control our building automation systems. By the time you finish this episode, you will have a series of steps you can take to begin working on organizing and structuring you or your customer's BAS operations.

Getting back to basics

  • Why it's important to get back to the basics (1:45)
  • The core parts and pieces of a BAS (2:49)
  • The importance of gaining alignment on the benefit of a BAS (4:50)
  • The two C's of a building automation system (6:40)
  • How to gain control of your building automation system (7:35)
  • Signs that you may not have control of your BAS (9:42)
  • How to get the right data, at the right time, to the right people (12:21)
  • Utilizing user profiles and use cases to segment data (14:52)
  • Why you must use user logs and unique logins (17:22)
  • How to use your BAS to address issues before, during, and after their occurrence (19:22)
  • The power of feedback loops to quickly solve issues (21:48)
  • How your trend interval may be costing you thousands (23:12)
Aug 6, 2018

Do you feel like you've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a building automation system and only use 10% of its capabilities?

If so you're not alone. In this four-part series we will be discussing how to design, setup, configure, and optimize your building automation system, even if you are a completely non-technical person!

How to analyze your existing BAS use

  • How do I optimally utilize my BAS? (1:15)
  • Why proper intake is the secret to effectively using your BAS (3:27)
  • The four-step process to optimally using a BAS (4:03)
  • How BAS systems are designed right now (4:58)
  • Why you must know the main purpose of the BAS (5:45)
  • The power of the RFI, RFQ, RFP Process (6:42)
  • The importance of proper consulting (11:55)
  • How a health check will keep your BAS system running well (13:05)
  • What is your current triage process, and why you must know (16:42
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