16 min read

SBA 214: Creating your own Pandemic Mode Part 2

By Phil Zito on Aug 10, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Podcasts
19 min read

SBA 213: Creating your own Pandemic Mode Part 1

By Phil Zito on Aug 3, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

SBA 212: IT Networking 101

By Phil Zito on Jul 27, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

SBA 211: IP Controls Implementation

By Phil Zito on Jul 20, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

SBA 210 Making your BAS Data work for you

By Phil Zito on Jul 13, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

SBA 209: IP Controls design and implementation

By Phil Zito on Jul 6, 2020 6:00:00 AM

In this episode, we discuss IP building automation controls. You will learn the common IP controls architectures and how to design and implement IP Controls. 

Topics: Podcasts
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BAM 208: Fundamentals of Dampers and Economizers

By Phil Zito on Jun 29, 2020 12:46:00 PM

In this episode, we discuss dampers and economizers. You will learn what dampers and economizers are, why they are used, and how to control them with your building automation system.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 207: IAQ and Airflow 101

By Phil Zito on May 11, 2020 6:00:48 AM

How do you ensure that you have enough fresh air for your building?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 206: Framework for Control Changes Post COVID-19

By Phil Zito on Apr 20, 2020 6:00:52 AM

In this week's episode, we look at our five-phase framework for controlling your building's HVAC and Building Automation Systems post-Coronavirus.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 205: Network Fundamentals for BAS Professionals

By Phil Zito on Apr 15, 2020 8:30:30 AM

How do networks work?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 204: Preparing your career for after Coronavirus

By Phil Zito on Apr 6, 2020 6:00:07 AM

Coronavirus will eventually clear up enough for the economy to reopen but what do you do after that?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 203: Setting up remote access

By Phil Zito on Mar 30, 2020 6:00:28 AM

Today's buildings are largely disconnected from the outside world. This was fine until recently. With the growth in stay at home orders, people find themselves unable to remotely support their buildings.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 202: Preparing your BAS for a Building Shutdown

By Phil Zito on Mar 23, 2020 6:00:58 AM

In this week's podcast, we tackle the topic of shutting down your building.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 201: Selling BAS During a pandemic

By Phil Zito on Mar 16, 2020 6:00:38 AM

Everything is shutting down. The economy is nose-diving. How do you keep your building automation business afloat?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 200: Psychrometrics 101

By Phil Zito on Mar 9, 2020 6:00:30 AM

You need to control the moisture content of your airstreams but how?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 199: PID Loops 101

By Phil Zito on Mar 2, 2020 6:00:10 AM

In this episode, we discuss how PID loops work and how to tune PID loops.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 198: Building a Use Case Library for Smart Buildings

By Phil Zito on Feb 24, 2020 6:00:21 AM

In this episode, we discuss how to build out a use case library to increase your ability to sell and execute smart building projects.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 197: The Future of Our Industry With Curt Bramel

By Phil Zito on Feb 17, 2020 6:00:02 AM

This week we have Curt Bramel the North and South America channel sales leader for Tridium. In this episode Curt and I discuss:

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 196: Cybersecurity 101 with Fred Gordy

By Phil Zito on Feb 10, 2020 6:00:17 AM

In this episode of The Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we interview cybersecurity expert Fred Gordy.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

Episode 195: Data tagging and analytics an owners guide

By Phil Zito on Feb 3, 2020 6:00:25 AM

Why do analytics projects fail? What makes them successful?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 194: OT vs IT Networks: What are they?

By Phil Zito on Jan 27, 2020 6:00:10 AM

OT networks are becoming increasingly common in building automation projects. But what is an OT network and what do you need to know about OT networks to succeed in your BAS career?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 193: An interview with 75F's CEO

By Phil Zito on Jan 20, 2020 6:00:07 AM

This week we are talking with 75F's CEO Deepinder Singh. I really enjoyed this interview as Deepinder is very technical and his story for why he started 75F is really unique.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 192: How data flows from your controller to your graphics

By Phil Zito on Jan 13, 2020 6:00:24 AM

Have you ever wondered how your BAS user interface works?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 191: Troubleshooting IT Systems

By Phil Zito on Jan 6, 2020 6:00:41 AM

How do you troubleshoot IT systems?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 190: HVAC Control Sequences Part 8

By Phil Zito on Dec 30, 2019 6:00:20 AM

This is the end of our 8 part series on HVAC control sequences. In this episode, we will be discussing how piping, pumping, and pressurization work. In this podcast, we will be discussing

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 189: HVAC Control Sequences Part 7

By Phil Zito on Dec 23, 2019 6:00:44 AM

Water-cooled chillers are one of the main systems in large buildings. Understanding how to control a cooling tower properly is complex but it is also understandable.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 188: HVAC Control Sequences Part 6

By Phil Zito on Dec 9, 2019 6:00:50 AM

How do chillers work?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 187: HVAC Control Sequences Part 5

By Phil Zito on Dec 2, 2019 6:00:20 AM

Have you ever found yourself struggling to control the hot water supply temperature for a primary loop?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 186: HVAC Control Sequences Part 4

By Phil Zito on Nov 25, 2019 6:00:36 AM

AHU's, MAU's, Face and bypass, energy recovery, humidification!!!

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 185: HVAC Control Sequences Part 3

By Phil Zito on Nov 18, 2019 6:00:51 AM

Have you ever had difficulty controlling air handlers with your BAS?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 184: HVAC Control Sequences Part 2

By Phil Zito on Oct 28, 2019 6:00:39 AM

Airside systems account for the majority of the HVAC systems that we control with a BAS, but do you know how they work?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 183: HVAC Control Sequences Part 1

By Phil Zito on Oct 21, 2019 6:00:28 AM

How do you control HVAC equipment with your building automation system?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 182: Cyber Security for BAS Professionals

By Phil Zito on Oct 14, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Is your customer's building automation system secure?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 181: A Deep Dive into Virtual Servers

By Phil Zito on Oct 7, 2019 6:00:39 AM

What if you could make it so that your building automation server never failed?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 180: How to Forecast BAS Workloads

By Phil Zito on Sep 30, 2019 6:00:37 AM

How do you plan your BAS workloads?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 179: 7 Tips for Growing your Building Automation Accounts

By Phil Zito on Sep 23, 2019 6:00:39 AM

How do you maximize your sales success? How do you grow your building automation accounts?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 178:11 Things I Learned Running the World's Fastest Growing BAS Training Company

By Phil Zito on Sep 16, 2019 6:00:49 AM

What is working in building automation?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 177: Troubleshooting Data Flow

By Phil Zito on Sep 9, 2019 6:00:11 AM

Have you ever logged into a BAS only to find all the controllers and points offline?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 176: Making Sense of Data Part 2

By Phil Zito on Sep 2, 2019 6:00:44 AM

Data Lakes, Digital Twins, BI...

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 175: Making Sense of Data Part 1

By Phil Zito on Aug 26, 2019 6:00:22 AM

Today's building automation world runs on data. But what is data?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 174: How to Troubleshoot a Building Automation System

By Phil Zito on Aug 12, 2019 6:00:57 AM

There is a saying that troubleshooting a building automation system is more of an art than a science.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 173: A Deep Dive into How Web GUI’s Work

By Phil Zito on Jul 29, 2019 6:00:14 AM

Have you ever wondered how a building automation system's web user interface works?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 172: How to Start Your Career in Building Automation

By Phil Zito on Jul 22, 2019 6:00:07 AM

You have what it takes to get a job in building automation. All you need is a clear plan. 

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 171: How Do I Develop My Building Automation Team for Profit and Growth?

By Phil Zito on Jul 15, 2019 6:00:45 AM

What does it take to grow a building automation team and how can you grow a team during a talent shortage? In this week's episode, we discuss how to organize and optimize your building automation business.

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 170: Controlling HVAC 101 Part 5

By Phil Zito on Jul 1, 2019 6:00:16 AM

How do pumps and pipes work? Why do we need them? And most importantly how do we control them with our building automation systems? In this week's episode, we wrap up our 5-part series on controlling HVAC systems. We will look at:

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 169: Controlling HVAC 101 Part 4

By Phil Zito on Jun 24, 2019 6:00:24 AM

Hot water systems are the lifeblood of your occupant's comfort. But how do you control them? In this week's episode, we discuss how to control hot water systems.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 168: Controlling HVAC 101 Part 3

By Phil Zito on Jun 17, 2019 6:00:15 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 167: Controlling HVAC 101 Part 2

By Phil Zito on Jun 10, 2019 6:00:41 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 166: Controlling HVAC 101 Part 1

By Phil Zito on Jun 3, 2019 6:00:59 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 165: Modbus 101

By Phil Zito on May 28, 2019 3:06:15 PM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 164: Relays, Switches, and Circuits

By Phil Zito on May 20, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 163: Our student assessment results and what they mean to you

By Phil Zito on May 13, 2019 6:00:42 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 162: How to Integrate BACnet Systems

By Phil Zito on May 6, 2019 6:00:56 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 161: LON 101

By Phil Zito on Apr 29, 2019 6:00:45 AM

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 160: How to Build a Distributed Building Automation System

By Phil Zito on Apr 22, 2019 6:00:54 AM

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 159: The Ins and Outs of BAS Part 4

By Phil Zito on Apr 16, 2019 8:18:48 AM

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 158: The Ins and Outs of BAS Part 3

By Phil Zito on Apr 8, 2019 6:00:58 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 157: The Ins and Outs of BAS Part 2

By Phil Zito on Apr 1, 2019 6:00:27 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 156: The Ins and Outs of BAS Part 1

By Phil Zito on Mar 25, 2019 6:00:05 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 155: How to Structure Your BAS Team

By Phil Zito on Mar 18, 2019 6:00:53 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 154: 6 Steps to Advance your BAS Career

By Phil Zito on Mar 11, 2019 6:00:17 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 153: Three Ways to Get a Job In BAS

By Phil Zito on Mar 4, 2019 6:00:02 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 152: The Systems Integration Life Cycle

By Phil Zito on Feb 25, 2019 6:00:24 AM

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 151: Integrating BACnet/IP systems

By Phil Zito on Feb 18, 2019 6:00:28 AM

In this episode, I teach you how to integrate BACnet/IP systems.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 150: How to Scope and Estimate Retrofit Work

By Phil Zito on Feb 11, 2019 6:00:31 AM

Do you struggle with scoping and estimating retrofit work? What if I told you that scoping and estimating retrofit work is almost the same as scoping and estimating plan and specification work?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 149: How to Improve Employee Loyalty

By Phil Zito on Feb 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The average cost of hiring a new building automation employee is $20,000 to $30,000. That doesn't include the cost of downtime and productivity loss.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 148: What Are BAS Gateways?

By Phil Zito on Jan 28, 2019 6:00:55 AM

Have you ever found yourself on a job site trying to get two separate systems to communicate?

Topics: Uncategorized
1 min read

BAM 147: How to Build a BAS Project

By Phil Zito on Jan 21, 2019 6:00:58 AM

In this episode, I discuss my 7 step process for building a BAS project from scratch.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 146: 7 Steps to Manage and Grow Your Accounts

By Phil Zito on Jan 14, 2019 6:00:32 AM

One of the best ways to grow your building automation business is to focus on what is already working. This is especially true when it comes to sales.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 145: 5 Ways to Optimize Your BAS Business

By Phil Zito on Jan 7, 2019 6:00:04 AM

Is your BAS business making the amount of profit you want?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 144: The Basics of API's

By Phil Zito on Dec 10, 2018 6:00:25 AM

What are API's? How do API's work? And what do building automation professionals need to know about API's?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 143: The 5 Gotchas of Smart Equipment

By Phil Zito on Dec 3, 2018 6:00:35 AM

Why do so many "smart equipment" integrations go wrong? Why does it seem that integration always ends up with the mechanical contractor and the controls contractor yelling at each other?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 142: Selling the Value of a BAS

By Phil Zito on Nov 26, 2018 6:00:29 AM

How do you sell the value of a building automation system when it seems like all BAS are the same?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 141: Analytics and Your BAS

By Phil Zito on Nov 19, 2018 6:00:36 AM

Analytics have come a long way since they were initially introduced to the building automation market. In this episode, we discuss what analytics are and how you can use them to provide a service to your building automation customers.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 140: BAM's First Year Recap

By Phil Zito on Nov 12, 2018 6:00:38 AM

Building Automation Monthly just celebrated its first year in business. In this episode, I look back at the lessons I've learned in building the world's first ever online Building Automation training company.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 139: 3 Steps for Designing an IP Network

By Phil Zito on Nov 5, 2018 6:00:34 AM

How do you design IP networks?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 138: How Building Automation Controls Work

By Phil Zito on Oct 29, 2018 6:00:12 AM

Have you ever wondered how building automation systems work?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 137: 3 Sales Strategies to Create Renewable Revenue

By Phil Zito on Oct 22, 2018 6:00:03 AM

How do you continue to grow your building automation business after the building is built?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 136: 5 Steps to Organize Your BAS Team for Success

By Phil Zito on Oct 15, 2018 6:00:48 AM

How do you organize your building automation business for success?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 135: The 6 Ah Ha’s of Subnets

By Phil Zito on Oct 8, 2018 6:00:46 AM

Subnets, IP addressing, default gateways. All of these things can seem overwhelming at first glance. And the bad news is all of this "IT" stuff isn't slowing down. But you can wrap your mind around IT and it starts with this episode.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 134: The 4 Gothca’s of Power

By Phil Zito on Oct 1, 2018 6:00:42 AM

Have you ever wired up your controls but nothing worked?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 133: 5 Steps for Effective BAS Takeoffs

By Phil Zito on Sep 24, 2018 6:00:29 AM

How do you perform a takeoff?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 132: 5 Keys to Interviewing a BAS Candidate

By Phil Zito on Sep 17, 2018 6:00:22 AM

How do you interview a building automation candidate? Do you simply stick them in a room and hope you make the right choice?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 131: Creating your own building automation learning plan

By Phil Zito on Sep 10, 2018 6:00:05 AM

Have you ever tried to teach yourself something? It can seem overwhelming.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 130: Why doing your time is dumb (and what to do instead)

By Phil Zito on Sep 3, 2018 6:00:46 AM

Have you ever been told you just need to do your time? Rome wasn't built overnight after all, right?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 129: BAS for Owners Part 4

By Phil Zito on Aug 27, 2018 6:00:54 AM

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

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 128: BAS for Owners Part 3

By Phil Zito on Aug 20, 2018 6:00:37 AM

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.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 127: BAS for Owners Part 2

By Phil Zito on Aug 13, 2018 6:00:22 AM

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

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 126: BAS for Owners Part 1

By Phil Zito on Aug 6, 2018 6:00:53 AM

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

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 125: The in’s and out’s of upgrading a BAS

By Phil Zito on Jul 30, 2018 6:00:35 AM

Have you considered upgrading a building automation system but aren't sure where to start?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 124: Wireless Communication for Building Automation

By Phil Zito on Jul 23, 2018 6:00:39 AM

How do wireless networks work with building automation systems?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 123: Pros and Cons of IP BAS Controls

By Phil Zito on Jul 16, 2018 6:00:50 AM

Are you struggling to make sense of IP controls? Do all the different options just seem to blend together?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 122: IT Networking for BAS Pros – Part 4

By Phil Zito on Jul 9, 2018 11:29:40 AM

Why is your building automation server not communicating with your supervisory devices?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 121: IT Networking for BAS Pros - Part 3

By Phil Zito on Jul 2, 2018 6:00:54 AM

Have you ever had to explain yourself to IT?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 120: IT Networking for BAS Pros - Part 2

By Phil Zito on Jun 25, 2018 6:00:31 AM

What are switches used for?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 119: IT Networking for BAS Pros - Part 1

By Phil Zito on Jun 18, 2018 6:00:27 AM

What’s the difference between an application port and a switchport?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 118: How BACnet integrations really work part 3

By Phil Zito on Jun 11, 2018 6:00:28 AM

How would you setup 1,000 BACnet/IP devices? Would you know what to ask IT? Would you know how to troubleshoot these devices if something went wrong? How would you support all these devices?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 117: How BACnet integrations really work part 2

By Phil Zito on Jun 4, 2018 6:00:38 AM

Have you ever wired up a BACnet MS/TP trunk and it just wouldn’t work?Or for whatever reason the MS/TP trunk was crazy slow, and the customer was getting upset by slow point data?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 116: How BACnet integrations really work part 1

By Phil Zito on May 28, 2018 6:00:22 AM

BACnet is a protocol that confuses many new BAS professionals. Heck, if we’re honest with one another it confuses many senior BAS professionals as well. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve helped several manufacturers build their BACnet stacks and worked extensively with BACnet in the past.

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 115: Building Automation Optimization Strategies Part 2

By Phil Zito on May 21, 2018 6:00:35 AM

Optimizing a building automation system can result in vast improvements to a building’s indoor air quality, tenant experience, and operational efficiency. But what does optimization actually look like?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 114: Building Automation Optimization Strategies Part 1

By Phil Zito on May 14, 2018 6:00:17 AM

Depending on what "expert" you talk to there are over 60% of the buildings within the United States that are not "optimized". But what does that even mean?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 113: How to program a BAS part 2

By Phil Zito on May 7, 2018 6:00:10 AM

Learning logic blocks? How do you do it? Why should you do it? And why should you even care?

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 112: How to program a BAS part 1

By Phil Zito on Apr 30, 2018 6:00:17 AM

How do you create programs for building automation systems?

Topics: Podcasts programming
1 min read

BAM 111: Understanding BAS control sequences part 3

By Phil Zito on Apr 16, 2018 6:00:20 AM

Have you ever wondered how you control central utility plants? Or how to sequence multiple chillers in a decoupled loop?

Topics: building automation Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 110: Understanding BAS control sequences part 2

By Phil Zito on Apr 9, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Do you work with VAV boxes?

Topics: control sequences Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 109: Understanding BAS control sequences part 1

By Phil Zito on Apr 2, 2018 6:00:06 AM

Does reading a building automation control sequence feel like deciphering hieroglyphics?

Topics: building automation Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 108: What is systems integration part 3

By Phil Zito on Mar 26, 2018 6:00:31 AM

If someone handed you a BAS project that involved integration what would you do?

Topics: Podcasts systems integration
1 min read

BAM 107: What is systems integration part 2

By Phil Zito on Mar 19, 2018 6:00:59 AM

Why do systems integration projects fail?

Topics: Podcasts systems integration
2 min read

BAM 106: What is systems integration - P1

By Phil Zito on Mar 12, 2018 6:00:23 AM

If you needed to tie to different building automation systems into a new front-end how would you do it?

Topics: Podcasts systems integration
1 min read

BAM 105: Control Sequence Tips and Tricks

By Phil Zito on Mar 5, 2018 6:00:37 AM

Over the years I've seen some crazy control sequences. And during this time I've picked up some good tips and tricks to help me deal with these scenarios.

Topics: control sequences Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 104: What are control sequences

By Phil Zito on Feb 26, 2018 6:00:25 AM

Have you ever stopped and thought about why we control systems the way we do?

Topics: bas Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 103: 6 reasons why you need a BAS

By Phil Zito on Feb 19, 2018 6:00:35 AM

Every day millions of buildings are operated. But not via a BAS.

Topics: building automation Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 102: Building Automation 101

By Phil Zito on Feb 12, 2018 6:00:05 AM

What is a building automation system?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 101: Using IP networks for BAS controls

By Phil Zito on Feb 5, 2018 6:00:03 AM

When you think about IP networks and IP controls what comes to mind?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 100: The ultimate podcast summary episode

By Phil Zito on Jan 29, 2018 6:00:41 AM

Who would have thought back in May 2016 that the BAM Podcast would hit Episode 100. Over the past two years, I've created over 100 podcast episodes. When I thought about what I wanted to do for the 100th episode I realized that I have a lot of new listeners who may have missed out on some of the most popular past episodes. That's why in this episode I will be taking a look back at the most popular episodes!

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 099: A walkthrough of installing BAS controls

By Phil Zito on Jan 15, 2018 6:00:04 AM

How do you go about scoping, designing, installing, and programming controls?

Topics: building automation Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 098: Can an old building use analytics?

By Phil Zito on Jan 8, 2018 6:00:09 AM

Can you learn new things from an old building? In episode 98 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, Andy Marsh (Build Pulse) and Phil Zito (Building Automation Monthly) discuss how to use analytics in “aged” buildings.

Topics: analytics Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 097: My Goals For 2018

By Phil Zito on Jan 1, 2018 6:00:56 AM

Welcome to 2018, or maybe even later depending on when you're reading this.

Topics: building automation Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 096: 7 tips for improving as a BAS Professional

By Phil Zito on Dec 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Do you want to improve your BAS career?

Topics: building automation Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 095: 9 Steps To BAS Career Success

By Phil Zito on Dec 18, 2017 6:00:33 AM

One of the most important parts of having a successful building automation career is having a career plan.

Topics: building automation Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 94: 10 Energy Efficiency Strategies for Your BAS

By Phil Zito on Dec 4, 2017 6:00:58 AM

When you read the words energy efficiency what do you think of?

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 093: Preventive maintenance strategies for BAS? Part 2

By Phil Zito on Nov 27, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Preventative maintenance is the core of good facility management.

Topics: Podcasts
1 min read

BAM 092: Preventive maintenance strategies for BAS?

By Phil Zito on Nov 20, 2017 6:00:11 AM

Preventative Maintenance. What comes to mind when you think of those two words?

Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
3 min read

BAM 91: What is OT?

By Phil Zito on Nov 13, 2017 6:00:43 AM

There's been a phrase floating around for the past couple years now but I've been hearing it pop up a lot more frequently lately. That phrase is OT vs IT.

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 90: How to determine your ideal role

By Phil Zito on Nov 7, 2017 6:00:23 AM

One of the biggest struggles that any person faces is what career path to go down. This is even more true in building automation. You see, building automation doesn't naturally lend itself to a "path". I've met technicians who are easily making "6 figures" and I've met senior integrators who are scraping by with "50k a year". But beyond the money, there is the enjoyment factor as well. How many of you truly love your job? Have you ever stopped to think about what really motivates you?

Topics: smart buildings Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 089: The 4 step process for dealing with old BAS controls

By Phil Zito on Oct 30, 2017 6:00:32 AM

Depending on what studies you read, 40% to 60% of the Building Automation Systems installed are more than 20 years old. On the surface, this wouldn’t be much of an issue but the real problem is that many of the BAS systems can no longer be replaced and the professionals who understand how to service them are leaving in droves.

Topics: Podcasts
2 min read

BAM 088: The 7 outputs of the BAS design process

By Phil Zito on Oct 23, 2017 6:00:46 AM

At the end of the day, you are judged by the outputs from your designs. In this episode, I walk you through the 7 design outputs you should focus on when producing BAS designs. Producing a quality design is the biggest factor in whether your BAS project will be a cost overrun failure or a case study worthy project.
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BAM 087: The four step BAS design lifecycle

By Phil Zito on Sep 25, 2017 6:00:37 AM

I've been the victim of some really bad designs and if I'm honest with you, I've also created a few really bad designs... The thing is, no one really teaches this topic.
Topics: smart buildings Podcasts
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BAM 086: The In and outs of a BAS Design

By Phil Zito on Sep 18, 2017 6:00:15 AM

Have you ever stopped and thought about what is required to create a good BAS design... and then once that design is created, what deliverables should you expect to receive?

If this topic seems a little muddy to you, you're not alone. Despite all of the talk out there about IoT and analytics, when it comes to the topic of BAS Design (something that affects way more projects than any IoT solution ever will) the Internet is eerily silent...

The reason is, there are not that many folks who can teach you how to create a good design. I mean think about it. Besides for ASHRAES Guideline 13-2015, which you can purchase for $99. There's not much out there. But even that guideline doesn't address the core issue.

How does one design a BAS? Over the next several episodes I am going to be tackling this exact issue. In this episode, we are going to unpack the inputs and outputs that are created as part of the design process. You are going to learn:

  • The 3 design inputs you must understand
  • What the one piece of information you absolutely must locate in the specification is
  • Why you're controller drawings actually confuse your installer
  • How to eliminate project slippage (hint... it has something to do with your bill of materials)
  • And much more!

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BAM 085: 7 tips for troubleshooting IP Controls Networks

By Phil Zito on Sep 11, 2017 6:00:33 AM

You've got an IP controls network and you're in a world of hurt because it's not working. You search Google looking for ideas, tech support puts you on hold for hours trying to help the thousands of other folks just like you.

You're feeling hopeless.

But it's not hopeless. In this episode, I provide you 7 tips that you can apply immediately to help you troubleshoot your IP controls network. Success is just around the corner, have a listen...

In this episode you will learn:

  • The #1 trick to troubleshooting an IP controls network...
  • Why DHCP can be your best friend or your worst nightmare
  • How to make sure your BAS isn't being bumped off the network
  • How to determine if you have a cross boundary issue (if you don't know what a boundary is, you need to listen to this episode!)
  • And much more!

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BAM 084: The step-by-step process to design an IP Controls system

By Phil Zito on Aug 28, 2017 6:00:18 AM

In my last podcast episode, I explained what IP BAS controls are.

In this episode, I'm going to be diving even deeper down the rabbit hole and exploring how to design IP control systems. This episode is perfect for technical and non-technical folks. By the time you finish listening to this episode you will have a solid understanding of exactly what you need to know about designing your own IP BAS controls system.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The big difference between IP and non-IP designs
  • The different physical architectures of IP controls
  • A step-by-step plan for designing wireless and wired IP control systems
  • The key criteria you need to consider when designing wireless systems
  • The exact questions you should ask before you ever design an IP control system

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BAM 083: 7 Things About IP Controls Your Customer Wants To Know

By Phil Zito on Aug 21, 2017 6:00:19 AM

IP controls are one of the hottest trends in the building automation world right now.

Yet for many folks in the BAS profession, IP controls are a mystery. Despite the prolific marketing by some of the largest BAS brands there still is a ton of confusion as to what IP controls are and what they can do!

That's why I created what may be my best podcast episode yet. In this episode, and over the next couple episodes, I am going to dive deep into the topic of IP controls. In this episode

In this episode you will learn:

  • What are IP enabled controls?
  • How are they different than normal BAS controls?
  • What are the use cases for IP Controls?
  • Do IP controls cost more?
  • What are the pros of IP controls?
  • What are the cons of IP controls?
  • How do IP controls affect the design process?

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BAM 82: 7 tips to mastering networks

By Phil Zito on Aug 14, 2017 6:00:20 AM

You can master networking...

But you need to start now! In this episode, I give you 7 tips that have been immensely helpful to me over my career in BAS.

That's it... No fluff just tons of valuable insight around networking. You won't want to miss this one!

You will learn:

  • Why you must understand the first four layers of the OSI Model
  • How Ethernet and IP are not the same
  • The difference between Frames and Packets
  • Understand Physical vs Virtual Lans
  • Why Broadcast domains are vitally important
  • How Subnets and Default Gateways work
  • The importance of Trunking and QoS

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BAM 81: Building Automation Servers 101

By Phil Zito on Aug 7, 2017 6:00:26 AM

What is a building automation server?

What does it do?

Should I cloud host my server? Should I use a desktop or server class platform?

If you've ever wondered these questions then this episode is for you!

In this episode, I unpack the topic of BAS servers. I dive deep into the topic of BAS servers.

You will learn:

  • What a server is and how it works?
  • Why you shouldn't use your server as a client
  • When you should cloud host your server (and when you shouldn't)
  • Why your choice of server architecture can make or break your BAS installation
  • And much, much more!

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BAM 080: The How to Guide to BAS Careers Part II

By Phil Zito on Aug 4, 2017 6:00:55 AM

In my previous podcast episode, I talked through how you can enter the building automation field. But what if you are already in the field?

More specifically, what if you are trying to build your own building automation group?

If you've ever wondered how to build a building automation team or how to run an existing building automation team then this is the episode for you!

In this episode I discuss:

  • The two main types of BAS work
  • How to organize a project focused BAS team
  • Whether or not to have an in house BAS group or an external BAS group
  • What the future holds for BAS teams and what skills you should hire right now
  • How cloud and IoT tie into your BAS business
  • Why you should shift your business to a residual income model

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BAM 079: The How to Guide to BAS Careers Part I

By Phil Zito on Jul 24, 2017 6:00:27 AM

Do you want to have a career in building automation systems? Does it seem like every job interview ends in a salary that is too low or you being told you don't have enough experience?

If this sounds familiar then this is the episode for you!

In this episode I discuss:

  • The three skills that make up a BAS professional
  • The four paths for entering the BAS field
  • Why most folks believe they can't move into the BAS profession (and why they are wrong)
  • How you can get a job working with BAS, WITHOUT a pay cut
  • The future of BAS and how it will change who we hire
  • The three ways you can "future proof" your BAS career or business

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BAM 078: How to Disaster Proof Your BAS

By Phil Zito on Jul 17, 2017 6:00:25 AM

I recently went through a 3-day power outage. It was utterly debilitating. Our well pump wouldn't run leaving us without water and we ended up loosing all our food. The good thing is we were prepared with backup food and water. Yet, many of our neighbors weren't and it was amazing how fast all of the surrounding stores sold out of basic goods.

So why do I tell you this?

The reality is so many BAS professionals are sitting on time bombs. There are facilities across the world that have put zero thought into how to keep their BAS operational after a disaster. The good news is that if you follow what I teach you in this episode you will be massively more prepared for when, not if, disaster strikes!

In this episode you will learn:

  • The three kinds of disasters
  • My four-step plan for disaster planning
  • How to find the Goldilox zone (not over prepared but not under prepared)
  • Why you must test your disaster plan

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BAM 077: The Most Common IT Questions I'm Asked

By Phil Zito on Jul 10, 2017 6:00:39 AM

Man, I am so stoked for this episode. I've got to say out of all the episodes I've recorded I think this is the most value packed episode of them all!

As you may or may not know, at the time of this recording I'm into my second IT for BAS class and the questions I've received have been phenomenal!

What I wanted to do in this episode was to share with you some of the questions I've received from my students and share with you the answers I provided. I think you will find this episode eye opening as I really dive into some great topics.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How IP controls and IT are coming together
  • How to properly segment your IP controls
  • What VPN's, DMZ's, and proxy servers are, and how that affects your ability to remotely connect to your BAS
  • Why understanding databases is critical to your career
  • Why API's aren't all they are hyped up to be
  • What the deal is with all these goofy IT cyber security terms
  • And sooo MUCH MORE.

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BAM 76: A deep-dive into BAS Networks

By Phil Zito on Jul 3, 2017 6:00:15 AM

I've gotten a lot of questions from my subscribers about BAS networks lately. I actually find this interesting as there is a definite uptick.

I get it, networks can be ultra confusing and most folks are having to deal more and more with IT. IT naturally is asking very detailed questions about how these protocols work.

And that is why I recorded this episode.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The four layers of BAS networks
  • How encapsulation and decapsulation work and why you should care
  • The difference between BACnet MS/TP, Ethernet, and IP
  • The life of a BACnet Message

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BAM 075: What's in a name a look at BAS naming Standards

By Phil Zito on Jun 30, 2017 6:00:38 AM

Naming standards.

As you know I'm a bit of a standard fanatic.

The reality is most of the BAS problems I have experienced have come from when people went off into left field and created designs that just don't make sense.

And there is no other better example of this than in the area of naming. Zone temp, space temp, room temp. They all mean the same thing...

Or do they???

In this episode unpack what makes naming standards good and what makes them not so good..

By the time you finish this episode you will know:

  • The three keys to good naming standards
  • How to create a naming standard
  • How to push through the overwhelm of applying a naming standard to an existing building

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BAM 074: How to create the ultimate project training plan

By Phil Zito on Jun 28, 2017 6:00:37 AM

Most BAS training at the end of the project is terrible.

I know you've been there. You bring in 2 dozen donuts and a jug of coffee and hope and pray that you can keep the customer's attention for more than 2 hours before they wander off (either physically or mentally). What if you could create awesome training that helped your customers learn your BAS?

What if this training was so awesome that your customers told everyone they knew about how awesome your company is?

Well, that is what I'm going to teach you in this episode!

By the time you finish this episode you will know:

  • Why most BAS training sucks and how to make sure your's doesn't
  • The amazing secret to knowing exactly what your customers want and need to know
  • My 4-step process to creating amazing training that your customers will rave about!

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BAM 073: Wrangling in out of control alarming

By Phil Zito on Jun 26, 2017 6:00:59 AM

Alarms, they can make or break your BAS. Yet so many building owners seem to just accept that having a crappy alarm design is just par for the course.

Why is this?

Is it possible to have a structured alarm design that prioritizes the issues that need your attention the most?

I believe it is and by the time you finish this episode you will know:

  • Why most BAS alarming designs are terrible and how to avoid your's becoming terrible as well!
  • My step-by-step process for creating amazing alarm designs (hint, this takes less than one hour!)
  • How you can implement an alarm design, even if you have already built your building!

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BAM 072: Redlines vs As-Builts are they the same

By Phil Zito on Jun 23, 2017 6:00:53 AM

When I say redlines and as builts what do you think of?

Do you think of how much redlines and as builts can impact the success of your project?

Do you think about how much redlines and as builts can impact the effectiveness of any future service calls?

Do you think of how redlines and as builts can massively increase or decrease the time you spend on a project?

You should!

By the time you finish this episode you will know:

  • Why you MUST make sure you are dealing with the latest drawings on any project
  • The #1 method for making sure your redlines get turned into accurate as builts
  • How proper as builts will determine the success or failure of your service career

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BAM 071: An overview of CSI MasterFormat

By Phil Zito on Jun 21, 2017 6:00:30 AM

CSI MasterFormat is the defacto standard for specification formatting. But how does it work?

What are the gotchas you need to be aware of?

By the time you finish this episode you will know:

  • What MasterFormat is and how it is organized
  • What you can and cannot change in a specification
  • Key changes you can make to massively increase the effectiveness of your specification!

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BAM 070: What are MEP Plans

By Phil Zito on Jun 19, 2017 6:00:55 AM

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) plans. So many BAS professionals think they know what these documents are.

But do you really know what these documents are? Do you know which part of the plans contains what information?

By the time you finish this episode you will:

  • Know what the three parts of the MEP Plans are that you must know!
  • Be clear on how to avoid scope creep by reading the plan details!
  • Ensure you are are looking at the right floorplan for the information you need

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BAM 069: My 4 Step Process for Getting Remote Access From IT and An Overview of Analytics

By Phil Zito on Jun 14, 2017 6:00:20 AM

One of the greatest challenges faced by BAS professionals is getting remote access to their BAS.

In this episode, I teach you my four-step process to get IT to give you remote access to your BAS.

I also explore analytics. I unpack what analytics are, how they work and why they are important.

By the time you finish this episode you will:

  • Have a four-step process for gaining remote access for your BAS
  • Understand what analytics are and how they work
  • Be able to describe the two types of analytics and the methods for collecting data

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BAM 068: Tagging, Data Models, and Data Normalization

By Phil Zito on Jun 9, 2017 8:00:50 PM

Lately, there have been a ton of questions about data tagging and data normalization. But what does that actually mean?

This is a super important topic especially when you consider that having common data formats is required to implement analytics, fault diagnostics, and other advanced services!

In this episode, I'm going to dive deep into data. You're going to learn:

  • What data is and how it relates to a BAS
  • Why data normalization is important and how you can plan for it
  • What a data tag is and how it is used
  • How data is related to API's

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BAM 67: What does Zigbee have to do with a BAS?

By Phil Zito on Jun 2, 2017 6:00:22 AM

There's a lot of noise and miscommunication out there about IT technologies lately so when BAM Nation member Jim e-mailed me asking about Zigbee I was excited to answer his questions and help clear up some of the things he'd been told about Zigbee.

In this podcast episode you will learn:

  • What Zigbee is and how it works
  • The two main types of wireless communication
  • The differences between physical standards and data protocols
  • How integration is independent (mostly) of the physical media

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BAM 66: Mixing Controllers and Troubleshooting Trunks

By Phil Zito on May 31, 2017 6:00:51 AM

There’s been a lot of chatter across the Facebook group recently about Comm trunks and Mixing and matching different vendors controllers.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there and I thought I’d do a podcast episode where I discussed both topics.

These two topics are very much interrelated when you start to mix and match third-party controllers you can effect your comm trunk so it’s important to have a process.

In this episode I will be teaching you:

  • My 5-step process for adding third-party controllers to an existing network
  • My 7-step process for troubleshooting communication trunk issues

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BAM 65: 3 steps to troubleshooting integrations

By Phil Zito on May 26, 2017 6:00:24 AM

You just finished your first integration project! Your all excited you finally stepped into the world of systems integration.

But then it happens!  You get that call telling you something's not working.

Maybe it's a value from one of the points you integrated?

Or perhaps it's that a command to control one of the integrated systems is going through. It doesn't matter really why. You just need to solve the problem.

But how do you do that? How can you resolve issues with integrations?

In this podcast I'm going to teach you:

  • The danger of double dipping on integrations
  • Why data models matter
  • How to step through an integration to find the root cause of your troubles

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BAM 64: The 3 steps for successful BAS integration

By Phil Zito on May 24, 2017 6:00:23 AM

For a lot of folks, systems integration is the hardest thing they will ever do in their BAS career.

And I get that, some of my biggest screw ups in my career were related to system integration projects. That's why you have to listen to my latest podcast episode.

I've got all the scars from systems integration! In this episode I draw on this experience to teach you:

  • How to quickly disqualify a potential integration project
  • The 6 questions you must ask before every systems integration project
  • The three different approaches to systems integration
  • How and when to apply each approach

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BAM 063: Explaining PI Control

By Phil Zito on May 19, 2017 6:00:06 AM

In the world of Building Automation, there are only a select few things you need to know in order to be awesome at your job.

One of these things is Proportional Integral loops.

I've gotten a lot of questions lately about PI loops and so I recorded this episode.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What a PI loop is
  • How the P and I are calculated
  • The difference between deadband and error
  • How to calculate your prop-band
  • And much more!

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BAM 062: 5 steps for securing your BAS

By Phil Zito on May 17, 2017 6:00:51 AM

Can you feel it!

Something in our industry is changing. We are the edge of a new revolution in the BAS world the likes of which haven't been seen since we switched from pneumatics to DDC systems!

Threats like the Wanna Cry ransomware are becoming daily occurrences. And with each passing moment networks and integrated systems grow more complex.

Yet amongst chaos comes opportunity. Throughout history when shit hit the fan, those who stepped for reaped the rewards.

In this episode, we are taking a unique look at the future and then addressing the immediate reality.

I will show you how to prepare for the future and then I will show you how to harden your BAS so that it can survive the present.

You ready, this one's gonna be awesome!

In this episode you will learn:

  • The career altering, industry-shattering change that is coming to the BAS industry
  • Why it is no longer acceptable to "run it til it dies"
  • The 5 steps you must implement to secure your BAS

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BAM 61: The different types of service for BAS

By Phil Zito on May 12, 2017 6:00:01 AM

I started my BAS career in service and I'm thankful I did because I learned so much from servicing BAS. But, there's a dark side of service.

You see not everyone had the power and clout behind that I did working at a Fortune 100 company. Often times BAS service providers are used and abused.

Customers dispute billing, disagree with scope, and flat out ignore recommendations that can improve the functionality of their systems.

Software upgrades anyone?

But, you have to understand it from the customer's perspective. So many service providers are like ninja's they swoop in, fix and issue and are off another call. They don't take the time to explain what was done and customers imagine the worst!

So how can we resolve these issues?

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why you must approach planned maintenance and service calls differently
  • My 7 step process for the perfect service call
  • The three types of customers and how to deal with each one
  • The 5 questions you must answer when creating a Planned Maintenance agreement

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BAM 060: You’ve got a job in BAS now what?

By Phil Zito on May 10, 2017 6:00:52 AM

The day has come, you've finally landed a job in the world of building automation systems, now what?

If your experience is anything like mine, you probably got sent to a class to learn your manufacturer's software and now you're out sitting on a job or servicing a customer.

How do you learn more?

How do you become the BAS tech everyone wants to have on their projects?

How do you become the sales person who intuitively knows how to price jobs?

I answer these questions and much more in episode 60 of the building automation monthly podcast.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why understanding the construction process and timing is critical to your effectiveness
  • The three things you can do right now to massively increase your effectiveness as a BAS professional
  • Why mastery of IT is critical to your future as a BAS professional
  • And much more!

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BAM 59: Can you use occupancy counting for demand ventilation?

By Phil Zito on May 5, 2017 6:00:25 AM

In this episode, I discuss the feasibility of occupancy counting to control outdoor air ventilation.

Man, who would have thought that we would be having this discussion? Lately, it seems that I am seeing more and more ideas that are combining different technologies to achieve outcomes.

Case and point, I recently had a BAM nation member and personal friend Walter reach out to me with a question around the energy saving potential of using occupancy counting to reduce outdoor air flow.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How outdoor air ventilation works from a technical and engineering perspective
  • How to calculate energy savings from outdoor air reduction
  • The effect of the engineering and contracting world on technology adoption
  • How ASHRAE 62.1 determines the minimum outdoor air you need to provide

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BAM 58: How to interview people for BAS roles

By Phil Zito on May 3, 2017 6:00:07 AM

Most interviewers suck. They focus too much on appearances and gut feelings and make stupid hiring choices that they regret later. You don't have to experience that. In this podcast episode, I discuss my experience with hiring dozens of building automation professionals and I provide you step-by-step processes for making sure you hire a stud and not a dud.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why focusing on technical skills is a recipe for disaster
  • How determining where you will use your new hire is more important than how
  • The one trick I've used to determine whether someone has the hunger to succeed in the world of BAS
  • How owners can apply the interviewing process to selecting their consultants and contractors

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BAM 57: Learn how an API works

By Phil Zito on Apr 28, 2017 6:00:28 AM

Application Programming Interfaces, also known as API's are the solution to every integration problem you have.

And if your BAS has an open an API then your integration options are unlimited.

Or at least that's what all the marketing folks would like you to believe. The problem with all the buzz around API's, SDK's, and system integration is that the folks writing and speaking on the topics couldn't integrate their way out of a cardboard box. So when a BAM Nation subscriber named Dave reached out to me asking me to help clarify how an API works I was thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss the topic!

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why having an open API doesn't automatically mean integration
  • What 3 steps you need to take before using an API
  • The differences between an API and SDK
  • Why you may need a coding background to work with an API... and why you may not...
  • A walkthrough of the system integration process using an API

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BAM 56: 7 tips to pass your BAS interview

By Phil Zito on Apr 26, 2017 6:00:36 AM

Interviewing sucks...

After you spend all your time getting through the HR screening and the "virtual colonoscopy" of pre-interview questions you find yourself in an artificial environment answering questions that you'd probably never be asked in the real world.

So how can you survive?

Back in 2007 I got let go from my first BAS job and called every controls company in the US to get hired back into the BAS world. Since then I've worked my way to leading the technical integration program for the largest building automation manufacturer in the world.

In this episode, I walk through the 7 tips that have helped me to pass interviews and move up in the world of BAS.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The incredibly underrated value of vendor training
  • How understanding the common questions can set you apart
  • Why you should prepare for the future and how to do it
  • The non-technical skills that will make you indispensable
  • How you can use challenging opportunities to grow your skills

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BAM 55: The skinny on sensors

By Phil Zito on Apr 21, 2017 6:00:45 AM

Have you ever wondered how a temperature sensor really works? What does the RTD mean and why is 1,000 ohms resistance so important.

What does the RTD mean and why is 1,000 ohms resistance so important?

In this week's Friday Fan Answers I discuss a question from Nick. Nick asks "Can you cover or explain the technical reasons for a 1000 ohm RTD sensor to suddenly begin to fluctuate drastically" Sure thing Nick!

Sure thing Nick!

In this episode you will learn:

  • The best way to wire up a temperature sensor
  • Why vibration can lead to huge temperature issues
  • What this whole 1,000 ohms thing is about
  • How often and how to calibrate your temperature sensors

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BAM 54: Can you have a career in BAS?

By Phil Zito on Apr 19, 2017 6:00:22 AM

Lately, several folks have asked me, "Phil how did you get into the world of BAS?". While it's always fun to talk about myself, what I think folks are really asking is "Phil, how can I get into the world of BAS?" and "What career path is there for me beyond just being a technician?".

Over the next 4 episodes, I'm going to tackle these exact questions. In today's episode, I'm going to explore my path in the world of BAS and what I believe to be the key traits you need to be successful in the BAS world.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The path I took to develop from knowing nothing about BAS to becoming a BAS integration expert
  • The skills you need to be successful in the world of BAS
  • The multiple different career paths you can take

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FFA 001: How do I know the hardware specifications for my BAS device?

By Phil Zito on Apr 14, 2017 6:00:56 AM

Welcome to the new podcast series called "Friday Fan Answers or FFA). Each Friday I will be answering a question from the BAM nation.

This week I am answering a question I commonly get asked. The question I often get asked how to find out what the IT requirements for different BAS devices are. If you are not part of the vendor organization this can be quite hard. Well, at least until now.

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BAM 53: 7 tips every BAS person should know about

By Phil Zito on Apr 12, 2017 6:00:49 AM

Throughout my career, I've learned a lot of tips. Most of the time these tips came from the school of hard knocks but sometimes I was lucky enough to have someone come beside me and share the knowledge they gained.

Well in this episode I'm doing just that! I'm going to teach you 7 of the most valuable tips I've learned in my career. Now at first glance, these tips may seem basic. However, their effectiveness lies in their simplicity. So sit back, relax, and get your learn on!

In this episode you will learn:

  • My processes for working through almost any design or troubleshooting challenge
  • Why the way you install your BAS has a tremendous effect on how you operate it
  • How training your customer can massively decrease your warranty calls
  • Why the as-builts you're creating suck and what to do about it
  • The most common issue BAS folks experience with IT and how to solve it
  • Why it's ok to bill your customer for 3 hours of work, even if you only worked for 15 minutes

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BAM 052: A deep-dive into BACnet

By Phil Zito on Mar 29, 2017 6:00:46 AM

Protocols define how pieces of technology communicate amongst one another.

But how much do you really know about the protocols that govern the "rules" of your BAS?

If you find BACnet to be a confusing topic you're not alone. The BAS world is already full of acronyms and confusion. This episode will help you to clear some of that up.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The difference between BACnet/IP and MS/TP
  • Tips for successful BACnet communications
  • How BACnet objects are structured
  • The difference between a BACnet object and a BACnet property
  • How BTL listings, PIC's, and BIBB's come together to provide interoperability

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BAM 051: The 7 most asked questions about IT

By Phil Zito on Mar 22, 2017 6:00:17 AM

For many in the BAS world information technology is a foreign topic. A lot of us who have entered the BAS profession have backgrounds in HVAC and electrical systems. Because of this IT can at times feel very unnatural.

That's why I've recorded this episode. I captured the 7 most common questions I get asked about IT and answered them in this podcast episode.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How cyber security and hacks can or cannot affect your BAS
  • The different options you have for connecting remotely to your BAS
  • How to work with IT to get IP addresses
  • The difference between a virtual machine and physical machine and when you should use each one
  • What the cloud is and how you can or cannot use it with your BAS
  • Is wireless safe for your BAS?

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BAM 050: The foolproof plan for working with IT

By Phil Zito on Mar 1, 2017 6:00:16 AM

Cyber security... Those two words strike fear into the heart of many a BAS professional.

How many times have you walked onto a project and wondered…

Hmm, where do I start with this IT thing…

What do I need to do?

Do you go after remote access? Do you get a server? What about the database?

Well if you’ve ever felt that way then this segment is for you!

In this episode you will learn:

  • A full-proof plan on how to work with IT to setup your building automation system
  • How a major Amazon Web Services issue could majorly impact how we support BAS in the future
  • The answer to some common BAM Nation questions

All this and more on Episode 50 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast.

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BAM 049: Cyber security isn't as complicated as it seems

By Phil Zito on Feb 22, 2017 6:00:49 AM

Cyber security... Those two words strike fear into the heart of many a BAS professional.

No one wants to be the technician trying to convince the security expert to give him remote access, and no one wants to be the sales person trying to convince her customer that her BAS is secure.

Yet every day thousands of BAS professionals find themselves in these conversations.

And imagine how the owners, contractors, and engineers feel.

How can they wade through all the BS and get to the core of what they need to know?

Well, I've got good news.

In this episode of the building automation monthly podcast I will help you:

  • Understand what cyber security is
  • Realize how to communicate to cyber security professionals
  • Secure your BAS
  • Counter the top four IT security objections

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BAM 048: Everything You Need to Know About Servers and Databases

By Phil Zito on Feb 16, 2017 7:00:25 AM

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast.

This is the 2nd episode in the 3-part series on IT. In this episode, I will be teaching you a ton of information around compute, applications, and databases.

You will leave this episode with a much greater understanding of how to work with IT when it comes to servers, applications, and databases.

In this episode, I will be discussing:

  • Call out for Listener
  • What I've been up to
  • Recap on where we are in the IT series
  • A deep dive into the topics of
    • Compute
    • Applications
    • Database
  • An expert tip that will save you hours of install labor on your projects
  • The top 4 IT objections and how to handle them

Thanks for Listening!

If you have a specific question, you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Contact Page.

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 047: What is IT and a look at IT networking

By Phil Zito on Feb 8, 2017 6:00:58 AM

In this episode, I take you with me on a journey into the world of information technology. One of the most requested topics is information technology and I understand why.

For most folks in the BAS world, IT is like a black art. Something that is full of acronyms, onery IT people, and miscommunication.

Or at least it used to be. Over the next four episodes, I am going to unpack the topic of information technology.

We are going to explore the four pillars of IT:

  • Networks
  • Compute
  • Databases
  • Cybersecurity

By the time you finish these episodes your knowledge of IT will have increased massively.

In this episode, I will be discussing:

  • What is IT
  • What are the main areas of IT
  • The fundamentals of networking
  • The two most common IT networking objections and how to deal with them

Thanks for Listening!

If you have a specific question, you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 046: C02 control and other BAS concepts

By Phil Zito on Feb 1, 2017 6:00:53 AM

In this episode, I answer a question I got from a BAM nation subscriber around C02 control. I then proceed to dive deep into the core concepts around pressure, airflow, and heat transfer.

I look at these concepts from the perspective of a BAS professional and I share with you the valuable lessons I've learned working on some of the most complex BAS projects in the world.

By the time you finish this podcast episode you will have an understanding of:

  • How you can use a BAS to implement standards like ASHRAE 55 and 62.1
  • The effect of pressure and airflow on the performance of your building
  • How understanding the concept of heat transfer is critical to having a successful career in the building automation space

Thanks for Listening!

If you have a specific question, you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 045: A primer on Hydronic systems for BAS

By Phil Zito on Jan 25, 2017 6:00:47 AM

Hydronic systems, also known as waterside systems, are critical to the performance of a building.

In this episode, I will be discussing hydronic systems and the key points that a BAS professional needs to know about them. You will leave this podcast episode with a solid understanding of the role that a building automation system professional plays when it comes to hydronic systems.

In today's episode I will cover:

  • What hydronic systems are
  • How hydronic systems work
  • How hydronic systems are controlled

Thanks for Listening!

If you have a specific question, you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 044: A deepdive into airside systems

By Phil Zito on Jan 18, 2017 6:00:15 AM

Airside systems can be confusing to folks who don't work on them every day. In this episode, I dive deep into what airside systems are and explore what the BAS professional needs to know.

In today's episode I will cover:

  • What airside systems are
  • How airside systems work
  • How airside systems are controlled

Thanks for Listening!

If you have a specific question, you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 043: My plans for BAM In 2017

By Phil Zito on Jan 7, 2017 5:21:21 PM

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BAM 042: 3 things you need to know about DDC

By Phil Zito on Dec 19, 2016 6:00:34 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here, and we are one podcast away from closing up the year with a bang! In this week's podcast I discuss the topic of Direct Digital Controls (DDC).

In today's episode I will cover:

  • What direct digital controls are
  • How Direct Digital Controls revolutionized how we control our equipment
  • Why DDC systems were such a mind shift for folks
  • The next great mind shift that is coming with IP-based controls!

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAMV002: What are electromechanical systems?

By Phil Zito on Dec 16, 2016 6:00:04 AM

And we're off! I'm so excited to be welcoming you to the second video in the Building Automation Monthly Video Cast!

Topics: smartbuildings Videocasts
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BAM 041: All you need to know about electromechanical controls

By Phil Zito on Dec 12, 2016 6:00:24 AM

In Episode 41 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, I discuss electromechanical controls. This podcast is going to teach you a ton about electromechanical controls and the important role the serve in the modern Building Automation System.

In today's episode I will cover:

  • What electromechanical controls are
  • The three kinds of electromechanical controls
  • Why electromechanical controls are still VERY relevant!

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAMV001: What are pneumatics?

By Phil Zito on Dec 9, 2016 6:00:26 AM

Wow, how time flies! It's almost 2017 and I am proud to bring you the first ever Building Automation Monthly Videocast!

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BAM 040: What are Pneumatics and my book launch strategy

By Phil Zito on Dec 5, 2016 6:00:22 AM

In Episode 40 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, I handle a much-requested topic and that is the topic of pneumatics. I also dive into my book launch strategy and walk you through everything I did and why.

In today's episode I will cover:

  • What pneumatics are, how they work, and how to upgrade them
  • My entire book launch strategy (from how I created the book, marketed the book, and sold the book) 
  • My lessons learned from my first ever product launch

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 039: A deep dive into upgrading a building automation system

By Phil Zito on Nov 28, 2016 6:00:04 AM

In Episode 39 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, I am doing something I've never done before. I am giving you access to the best recording from my new book. This recording is amazing and I encourage you to take advantage of it.

In today's episode I will cover:

  • How to know if you need to upgrade your BAS ( if you don't ask yourself these four questions you could be upgrading a perfectly good system)
  • Why so many upgrade projects fail (and the five planning steps you can take to make sure yours doesn't)
  • Twelve steps that every upgrade project should include ( step number seven, writing out your upgrade plan and how to roll back the upgrade will keep your building running in case something goes wrong)

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 038: Creston, Niagara 4, Networks, and BACnet

By Phil Zito on Nov 11, 2016 6:00:19 AM

Episode 38 of the building automation Monthly Podcast is packed with information!

In today's episode I will cover:

  • My recent visit to Creston and my thoughts on A/V
  • My latest article  The Ultimate Tridium Guide
  • How smart building systems are being ignored in favor of talking about IoT
  • Wide Area Networks and what they mean to your BAS
  • The difference between MS/TP and Ethernet MAC addresses and why you should care

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

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BAM 037: What is a Network Part 1

By Phil Zito on Nov 4, 2016 6:00:35 AM

In Episode 37 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast I begin my three-part series on what a network is.

Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
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BAM 036: What is a BAS?

By Phil Zito on Nov 2, 2016 6:00:38 AM

In Episode 36 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast I discuss the age old question.

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BAM 035: My thoughts on Control Talk Now 201

By Phil Zito on Oct 28, 2016 8:55:44 PM

In Episode 35 of the Building Automation Monthly podcast I provide my thoughts on episode 201 of the Control Talk Now Podcast.
Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
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BAM 034: The fundamentals of IT architecture

By Phil Zito on Oct 28, 2016 3:42:14 PM

In Episode 34 (formerly known as episode 35 :-D ) of the Building Automation Monthly podcast I discuss the fundamentals of IT architecture. I unpack how computers work, what client machines are, and how servers and virtual machines work as well!

Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
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BAM 033: IoT Hacks and IT Basics

By Phil Zito on Oct 24, 2016 6:00:01 AM

In Episode 33 of the Building Automation Monthly podcast I discuss the topic of IT basics and the recent IoT based DDos that took down access to Netflix and Twitter.

Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
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BAM 32: Fun With HVAC Fundamentals

By Phil Zito on Oct 18, 2016 6:00:59 AM

When it comes to working in the building automation space no skill stands out more than HVAC. Having a solid understanding of HVAC fundamentals will get you far in the building automation space.

Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
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BAM 31: My thoughts on ControlTalk Now #200

By Phil Zito on Oct 12, 2016 6:00:01 AM

I discuss my thoughts on the 200th episode of ControlTalk Now.

Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
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BAM 30: My 7 step process to creating an SOP with systems integration

By Phil Zito on Oct 10, 2016 6:30:03 AM

In episode 30 of the building automation Monthly podcast I will be talking you through how to create a sequence of operations for your systems integration projects. You don't want to miss this one!

Topics: smartbuildings Podcasts
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BAM 29: My 4 step data model and system requirement process

By Phil Zito on Oct 7, 2016 6:00:29 AM

Data models and system requirements. Two of the most commonly misunderstood steps of the systems integration process. In this episode I am going to be teaching you my step-by-step processes for creating data models and system requirements.
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BAM 28: 4 steps that will make mapping out your integrations ridiculously easy

By Phil Zito on Oct 5, 2016 6:00:22 AM

Systems integration can be crazy. One moment you've got all your systems talking and next thing you know the whole building is shut down. There's a sort of voodoo magic to the systems integration process. Or at least that is what you've been lead to believe.

I know from experience that the systems integration process can be executed again and again with predictable results if you have a good process. In this episode I take you through my step-by-step process for performing complex systems integration.

In today's episode we will cover:

  • What is integration map?
  • What is an integration map used for?
  • When and when not to use an integration map?
  • How do you create an integration map?
  • My six step process for creating an integration map

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

If you have a specific question you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

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BAM 27: My 3 step process that solves your systems integration problems

By Phil Zito on Sep 19, 2016 6:00:53 AM

Systems integration can be crazy. One moment you've got all your systems talking and next thing you know the whole building is shut down. There's a sort of voodoo magic to the systems integration process. Or at least that is what you've been lead to believe.

I know from experience that the systems integration process can be executed again and again with predictable results if you have a good process. In this episode I take you through my step-by-step process for performing complex systems integration.

In today's episode we will cover:

  • What are physical integration points?
  • What are logical integration points?
  • My three step process for laying out these integration points

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

If you have a specific question you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

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BAM Episode 026: The 4 types of inputs you absolutely need to know!

By Phil Zito on Sep 16, 2016 6:00:16 AM

Hey BAM Nation! I am so freakin excited about today's episode. Why you ask?

Because in today's episode I move into the second module of the learn series! The feedback I have gotten is amazing and I look forward to continuing to help you advance your career in the building automation space!

In today's episode I will be kicking off the hardware module of the learn series and we will be discussing physical controller inputs!

In today's episode we will cover:

  • Technical Tip of the Week
  • The 4 types of inputs you absolutely need to know!
  • Career Tip of the Week

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

If you have a specific question you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

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BAM Episode 25: How to Use a Gap Analysis to Detail out the New Systems

By Phil Zito on Sep 12, 2016 6:00:37 AM

Hey BAM Nation! Another day, another podcast episode!

In this episode I continue my teaching on systems integration. The process I teach you today massively important and will save you hundreds of thousands of dollars if you implement it

In today's episode I will be teaching you how to perform a gap analysis as part of your systems integration process!

In today's episode we will cover:

  • What is a gap analysis
  • Why it is critical to perform the gap analysis on any of your integrations prior to purchasing any products or executing any work
  • How to perform a gap analysis
    • Step 1: Identify your use case requirements
    • Step 2: Identify your current capabilities
    • Step 3: Map out the present and missing requirements
    • Step 4: Identify a solution to close the gap

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

If you have a specific question you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

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  • How to perform a gap analysis

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BAM Episode 024: The Two Truths of Binary Control

By Phil Zito on Sep 9, 2016 6:00:18 AM

Hey BAM Nation! In today's episode I will be wrapping up the first module of the learn series, control modes! In this episode I will be discussing the fourth and final control mode, binary control.

On/off, open/shut, binary control is everywhere and in this episode we will discuss this critically important control mode!

In today's episode we will cover:

  • Technical Tip of the Week
  • What Binary Control is and How it works
  • Career Tip of the Week

Thanks for Listening!

I'm glad to have you here and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

If you have a specific question you can send me a voicemail or e-mail message at the Ask Phil Page.

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  • What Binary Control is and How it works
  • Career Tip of the Week

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BAM Episode 023: How to Identify your AS-IS systems

By Phil Zito on Sep 5, 2016 6:00:51 AM

Hey BAM Nation! In this episode I am going to be continuing my systems integration 101 series and will be taking you through my 3rd article in the series titled, "How to Identify your AS-IS systems".
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BAM Episode 022: How Floating Control Really Works...

By Phil Zito on Sep 2, 2016 6:00:09 AM

In this episode, I will be talking about the 3rd control mode in the learn series, Floating Control. In this episode you will learn what floating control is and why it is important to you.

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BAM Episode 021: The Secret to Useful Use Cases

By Phil Zito on Aug 30, 2016 7:00:38 AM

In this episode, I will be taking you through the topic of use cases. Use cases are critical to executing a great systems integration project. The problem is most use cases are from useful and quite honestly a lot of them suck. That's why I recorded this episode for you.

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BAM Episode 020: Learn Sequencers in 10 minutes

By Phil Zito on Aug 26, 2016 5:00:02 AM

In this episode, I will be continuing the learn series and unpacking our next control mode, sequencers. Sequencers allow you to "stage" devices on and off.

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BAM Episode 019: Systems Integration 101 Part 1

By Phil Zito on Aug 22, 2016 5:00:38 PM

In this episode, I will be discussing the new series I am kicking off titled, systems integration 101. Systems integration has been my most requested topic and it's about time I address this wonderfully complicated topic!

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BAM Episode 018: Learn How to Tune PID Loops

By Phil Zito on Aug 19, 2016 6:00:51 AM

In this episode, I continue the discussion around PID loops and will be covering everyone's favorite task, tuning PID loops! Sooner or later in your BAS career you are going to have to learn how to tune PID loops.

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