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 361: Building a Smart District with Paul Valente of Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools is one of the largest School Districts in the United States.
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, Paul Valente with CPS takes us through how they have used technology and processes to deliver the optimal learning environment for their students.
In this episode we discuss integrating legacy assets, the importance of engaging IT in your capital projects, how to effectively deploy and utilize analytics, and much more.
SBA 360: 7 Ways to Avoid Non-Billable Warranty Calls
It's that time of the year! All of that wonderful summer construction work is complete, and those warranty calls are coming in.
What was a profitable project is now slowly dying, death by 1,000 warranty calls. But what if it didn't have to be like this?
What if there was a way to avoid these warranty calls in the first place?
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we'll discuss 7 ways you can avoid non-billable warranty calls on your projects.
If you like having profitable BAS projects, then you'll want to tune in to this episode!
SBA 359: BAS Installation Tips and Tricks
Installation makes up large portion of the labor costs on a building automation project.
So naturally if you can improve the efficiency of your installation work you'll see a good return on most BAS projects.
But how? What are the areas you should focus on as a BAS installer or as the manager/leader of installers?
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we will be discuss the key tips and tricks that will improve your installation efficiency.
SBA 358: How to engage owners in using their Building Automation System
Energy, comfort, sustainability.
What do these three words have in common?
These three, are just a few of the areas directly affected by building automation. Every day millions upon millions of square footage of buildings is being operated.
But, are these buildings being operated efficiently?
We've all seen the BAS computer from the 1970's sitting in the closet. That bright green text on the black screen beckoning us to setup a schedule or change a setpoint.
Why does it seem that some owners just don't use the system they spent thousands and maybe even millions of dollars on?
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we are going to unpack this topic and explore how to effectively engage owners in utilizing their building automation system.
SBA 357: How to organize your team to scale your revenue
Are you looking to grow your building automation business?
If so you're in the right place. In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we will be discussing how to scale the revenue of your business.
There's an old saying that the systems that got you where you are won't get you where you're going. I've seen this play out time and time again.
We are going to explore the foundational structures and systems needed to scale your building automation business.
SBA 356: Facilities and Campus Energy Summit with Monica Mckenzie
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast I discuss the upcoming Facilities and Campus Energy Summit with Monica Mckenzie.
We tackle the importance of policy, regulations, and training to achieve energy management and sustainability goals.
We also dive into the purpose of the summit and why I believe it is a valuable summit to attend.
Sales Engineer review
The building automation industry is wide and varied and as Sales Engineer looking at different jobs and talking to numerous different customers every week, there’s a lot of new obstacles that pop up from time to time that are sometimes difficult to find help with. Phils’s knowledge and experience in the industry is often helpful in dealing with these obstacles. I really appreciate Phil’s podcast and what he’s doing for the industry!
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
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!