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If you want to learn building automation then you are in the right place.

My name is Phil Zito and I am the CEO of Smart Buildings Academy. If you are a technician, operator, salesperson, or engineer the Smart Buildings Academy podcast is for you.

Each week I tap into my vast experience in Building Automation and teach you the things no one else teaches.

You will learn about BAS, HVAC, IT, Energy Management, Sales, Operations, Project Management, Cyber Security and so much more.

Prior to founding Smart Buildings Academy, I held a variety of BAS roles in service, install, operations management, sales, and most recently I led the technical integration program at Johnson Controls. Suffice to say, I've been in your shoes and I know what you need to learn.

I look forward to guiding you through BAS in the weekly Smart Buildings Academy Podcast.

The Smart Buildings Academy Podcast | Teaching You Building Automation, Systems Integration, and Information Technolog‪y‬ Phil Zito Building Automation and Systems Integration Expert

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If you want to learn building automation then you are in the right place.

My name is Phil Zito and I am the CEO of Smart Buildings Academy. If you are a technician, operator, salesperson, or engineer the Smart Buildings Academy podcast is for you.

Each week I tap into my vast experience in Building Automation and teach you the things no one else teaches.

You will learn about BAS, HVAC, IT, Energy Management, Sales, Operations, Project Management, Cyber Security and so much more.

Prior to founding Smart Buildings Academy, I held a variety of BAS roles in service, install, operations management, sales, and most recently I led the technical integration program at Johnson Controls. Suffice to say, I've been in your shoes and I know what you need to learn.

I look forward to guiding you through BAS in the weekly Smart Buildings Academy Podcast.

    SBA 245: Lighting 101 with Beatrice Witzgall

    SBA 245: Lighting 101 with Beatrice Witzgall

    Lighting is one of the most common systems in the building and just like HVAC, we can't really use buildings without lighting. But how often do we actually discuss lighting and more importantly what do we really know about how lighting systems get selected, designed, and implemented.
    In this Smart Buildings Academy episode, I talk with design expert Beatrice Witzgall of I3D. We discuss the state of the lighting industry, what technologies exist, why more innovation is not happening in the industry, the use of lighting post-COVID, and much more.

    • 45 min
    SBA 244: Ask Me Anything- Buying a BAS Part 2

    SBA 244: Ask Me Anything- Buying a BAS Part 2

    Have you ever found yourself challenged to understand the differences between two BAS? Maybe you're trying to understand the hype around all these new building automation technologies? 
    If so you're not alone. In this week's episode of The Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we continue to answer listener questions around buying, designing, and selecting a building automation system.
    In this episode we answer:
    What is a cloud hosted BAS? How should I change my BAS post COVID? Can I implement touchless BAS and Temp control how? How can I get my operators to use analytics? Should I get a BAS or just use smart equipment? How important are mobile friendly graphics? How do I determine what level of cybersecurity I should have?  Should I have multiple systems on my campus? Why or why not? How do I manage contractors if I do owner direct work? How can I build a BAS standard? What is the most important area for me to spend money on a BAS? How do you balance comfort with energy efficiency? Should customers know how to program their BAS? What are the most common troubleshooting issues?  How do I budget for BAS projects?  How do I avoid being locked into a single contractor?  Should I integrate multiple systems into a single pane of glass?

    • 35 min
    SBA 243: Building Automation Careers 101

    SBA 243: Building Automation Careers 101

    Are you wanting to start a career in building automation but you don't know where to start? 
    Would you like a proven process to get a job in building automation?
    If so then this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast is for you. In this episode you will learn:
    Why BAS is a great career field
    What the different roles are in building automation
    Our proven 8 step process to getting hired in BAS with zero experience

    • 26 min
    SBA 242: Implementing MSI and OT Technologies In The Built Environment

    SBA 242: Implementing MSI and OT Technologies In The Built Environment

    Does the idea of implementing integrated use cases seem overwhelming? Are you struggling with how to deal with the complexities of MSI and OT? 
    In this week's episode, we unpack how to implement MSI and OT technologies on a small scale.

    • 59 min
    SBA 241: Ask Me Anything- Buying a BAS

    SBA 241: Ask Me Anything- Buying a BAS

    Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the noise when it comes to building automation products and buying decisions for building owners?

    If so your not alone!

    That's why on this week's podcast we are answering questions our listeners have related to selecting, upgrading, or buying a BAS.

    We received 72 questions and in this episode, we dive into the first 14 of these questions. 
    In this episode we cover
    What should I look for in a BAS? What does open mean? I’m considering upgrading our BAS, where should I start? Do I need analytics? Should I integrate all my systems together? How do I know if I’m getting ripped off? How do I avoid getting locked into one vendor? What technologies should I consider when I reoccupy? What is the cheapest way to modernize my building? What is the most important things to look for in a contractor? What’s the deal with all these “data” platforms? What are your thoughts on digital twins? How can we make our projects actually deliver what we want? How much involvement should the owner have with the BAS.

    • 36 min
    SBA 240: Deep-dive into Commercial Real Estate Technology Strategy With Maureen Ehrenberg

    SBA 240: Deep-dive into Commercial Real Estate Technology Strategy With Maureen Ehrenberg

    Have you ever wondered how the decisions to invest in building and property tech for commercial real estate are made?
    Are you curious how COVID-19 is going to affect investment and growth in the CRE market? 
    Are you wondering how CRE assets are valued and how portfolio managers create and execute their prop-tech strategies? 
    If so this episode is for you!
    In this episode, we are discussing all things CRE with expert Maureen Ehrenberg!

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

BAMlistener ,

Yes

I am thankful for these podcasts I just recently entered the industry on the owner side and having these to listen to when I’m driving or doing other things has made the concepts sink in quicker. Phil breaks things down well, their courses are good as well

Izzo1212 ,

Excellent

I’m so grateful for this podcast. There is no study programs that I know of in universities that cover mechanical system, IT and building automation. As an energy engineer I’ve been so hungry for the information provided in this podcast. Thank you Phil!

KVRobb ,

Informative

Phil does a great job with these podcasts and touches on topics you can’t hear much about thru other resources. I was real green when entering the Building Automation world about a year ago, layering these podcasts on top of SBA coursework has been critical to my learning

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