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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: November, 2022
Nov 29, 2022

Have you been struggling to find talent for your building automation business? 

If so you're not alone. In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast I interview Michael Conway of Stacks + Joules. 

Michael is relentlessly focused on delivering quality training to underserved communities in New York and Boston. What makes Stacks + Joules unique is their ability to rapidly train folks on complex topics even though their students start with little to no technical background.

My hope is that after hearing the podcast you will choose to partner with Stacks + Joules on this giving Tuesday.

Resources: https://podcast.smartbuildingsacademy.com/388

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Nov 28, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast I interview Bill Spohn of TruTech Tools. Bill has a tremendous level of experience in the Smart Buildings Space.

We discuss:

  • New technologies that can be used for takeoff and measurement.
  • How developments in the residential space can translate to the commercial space
  • How the future of building techniques will translate to the commercial sector.
  • And Much More.

Resources

https://podcast.smartbuildingsacademy.com/387

Nov 23, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast I will answer any questions you have live. I will also be asking past questions asked by our listeners.

Nov 21, 2022

In today's episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we are going to review the ASHRAE 55 standard.

ASHRAE 55 Thermal Conditions for Human Comfort is a fascinating standard.

In this standard we will learn:

  • How space type and utilization factor into comfort design
  • How to identify setpoints and conditions based on space load
  • How to comply with the ASHRAE 55 standard
  • And much more
Nov 18, 2022

With people begrudgingly returning to the office how can you increase the attractiveness and suitability of the work environment?

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Podcast we discuss how to increase the efficiency of space utilization and planning with Akira Jones of HH Angus. In this Podcast we discuss:

How is space utilization and efficiency planning different in the modern built environment? 

How do you know if you need space utilization and efficiency planning?

What are the silos, that tend to keep the built environment from modernizing their space utilization and efficiency planning? 

Framework for space utilization and efficiency planning
What framework do you use? 

What are the inputs for use case development?

How do you differentiate between inferred data and actual data?


How do you plug inputs into the framework? 

What should come out of the framework?

Resources: https://podcast.smartbuildingsacademy.com/384

Nov 16, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we will be exploring the ASHRAE 62.1 standard.

ASHRAE 62.1 is a key standard that is tied to indoor air quality in buildings.

But how does ASHRAE 62.1 work?

We will be exploring:

• How the standard is structured.

• How to determine the required indoor air quality (IAQ)

• The different methods for achieving the 62.1 standard

Resources: https://podcast.smartbuildingsacademy.com/383

Nov 14, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we will be exploring the ASHRAE 90.1 standard.

ASHRAE 90.1 is a key standard that is tied to multiple upcoming utility regulations and initiatives.

But how does ASHRAE 90.1 work?

We will be exploring:

• How the standard is structured.

• The two implementation methods; Performance and Prescriptive.

• How modeling works with ASHRAE 90.1.

• How 90.1 ties into potential energy conservation measures.

Resources:

https://podcast.smartbuildingsacademy.com/382

Nov 11, 2022

How do you actual succeed with analytics? This is a question I get asked often. 

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, Devan Tracy of Lockheed Martin discusses how she built a successful analytics platform from the ground up.

If you've found yourself thinking, "Analytics seem like a good idea but I'm not sure they'll work for me" or "Where would I even get started on an analytics journey" this podcast is for you!

Resources: 

https://podcast.smartbuildingsacademy.com/381

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Nov 9, 2022

Are you struggling to find technical talent?

Are you unable to execute backlog due to labor shortages?

If so you're not alone. In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we unpack how to develop talent right now.

For as long as I can remember the prevailing belief has been that it takes years to train a building automation technician.

In this episode we are going to unpack how we built a 11-week training program that has trained postal workers, hotel lobby clerks, and gas station attendants to become profitable BAS technicians in 11 weeks.

We will discuss lessons learned, how you can implement a similar program in your business, and how to find talent to place into a program of this type.

We will also discuss our plans for future Workforce Development Solutions.

Resources: 

https://www.smartbuildingsacademy.com/wfd-info_employers

Nov 7, 2022

5 years ago we founded Smart Buildings Academy with the hopes of gaining 1,000 students by 2025. Today we are the largest vendor-agnostic provider of building automation training programs.

In the beginning of this journey it was just me and my co-founder, who happens to be my wife.

Along the way we've created 30+ training programs with over 2,000 hours of training lessons, 370+ Podcast episodes, thousands of blog articles, and we proved that online delivery is an effective delivery model for BAS training.

It wasn't an easy journey, along the way we've made mistakes, had people blatantly copy our training programs, and we've had to develop processes from scratch for delivering training.

In today's episode I am sharing the lessons learned from running a rapidly growing training business. In our traditional style, I'll share the good, the bad, and the ugly.

My hopes is that you all can learn from us and take away processes and strategies you can bring into your business.

Nov 4, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we will be discussing troubleshooting BACnet MS/TP.

You will learn:

  • Common BACnet failures
  • The signs of each failure type
  • How to troubleshoot each BACnet failure type
Nov 2, 2022

In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we are going to discuss how to properly select inputs and outputs for your BAS projects.

You will learn:

  • How to look at a specification and select input/output devices
  • How to decide between multiple different devices
  • How to properly size and select inputs and outputs for your BAS project
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