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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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Oct 31, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we discuss server virtualization.

You will learn:

The different types of servers

How servers work

How server virtualization works

Why you would want to use a virtualized server

Oct 28, 2022

Security Certificates can protect your communications, ensure that rogue devices are not on your network, and verify the authenticity of the devices that do connect to your network.

But do you know what certificates are, how they work, and how to deploy them?

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we are going to do a deep dive on security certificates.

Oct 26, 2022

Your backlog is full. You find yourself taking calls from GC's asking where your technicians are every, single, day!

You're expected to execute 10,000 man hours of labor with only 5,000 manhours of techs.

Welcome to the world of BAS project management, and the bad news is it's only getting more intense. Material shortages, labor challenges, and inflationary cost pressures make effective project management seem impossible.

The good news is there is a way to succeed as a project manager.

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we discuss 10 tips to increase your project management effectiveness right now!

Oct 24, 2022

Things tend to fall apart after they are built, buildings are no exception.

Yet every day I'm seeing new construction projects completed with NO post occupancy maintenance strategy.

Do customers need agreements for planned service? If so what should these agreements include?

And most importantly how can you convince your customers to buy a planned service agreement.

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we are going to explore the scoping, selling, and execution of planned service agreements.

Oct 21, 2022

What is one of the biggest costs in a retrofit project.. wiring!

I remember back when wireless first hit the market. It was clunky, unreliable, and quite frankly a headache!

Not anymore!

Wireless systems are robust, fast, and effective.

But how do we use them? How do they work?

And how do we fix them when something goes wrong?

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we will explore the fundamentals of wireless systems!

Oct 19, 2022

Did you know that having a meter in the wrong place is sometimes worse than not having a meter at all?

In order to meet the increased demand for net-zero and energy efficiency we first must understand our energy use profile. In order to accomplish this we need to have meters!

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we discuss the different types of meters, where to place meters, how to tie meters into your BAS, and how to interpret metering data.

Oct 17, 2022

Did you know that the Inflation Reduction Act changes 179D to allow for a tax deduction of up to $5/sq foot for energy efficiency retrofits?

But this is dependent on your energy baseline!

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we are going to look at how to perform a energy audit so that we can establish a baseline and identify potential retrofit solutions.

Oct 14, 2022

KNX is a protocol that is seeing increasing adoption across the United States.

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we will research KNX together. Throughout the episode we will explore what the protocol is, how the protocol works, and what the protocol does.

Oct 12, 2022

In today's Smart Buildings Academy Podcast Episode we discuss 9 energy management strategies that you can implement right now to reduce your energy consumption and demand.

Oct 10, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we lay out 7 tips for performing effective site audits for your building automation customers.

Building owners need to understand their current building systems to manage the increasingly aggressive energy standards and goals rolling out.

This episode will help you tackle this topic with actionable tips that work right now.

Oct 5, 2022

As one of the largest providers of training in the building automation industry we see employers investing millions to train their employees each year.

Yet our industry has a belief that employers do not want to train their people. This makes no logical sense on the surface. Trained employees stay longer, produce more profit, and deliver better customer satisfaction. Outside of those benefits, we have seen firsthand how many organizations now have strategic initiatives around talent development and retention.

Which begs the question do employers really avoid training their employees? Or do employees not know how to ask for training?

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we are going to layout an ROI based approach to training requests. You will learn how to analyze your role and the impact prospective training will have on your role. You will then learn how to communicate the results of that training in such a way as to align with your employers strategic objectives.

Oct 3, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we continue our deep dive on how to design IP controls layouts including ring, bus, and star topologies as well as how to deploy IP controls on both existing and new projects.

We will be using the whiteboard and exploring the three IP architecture types and how to design them

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