In this episode we discuss how to approach starting and advancing a career in building automation.
We also look at the mindset of investing in your employees and seeking growth experiences throughout your BAS career.
In this episode we discuss how to sell very complex integrations.
We discuss the importance of identifying your vertical market and stakeholders, we also discuss how to tailor integrated solutions to meet your customer's needs.
We then cover how to address the risk of selling access control to building automation integrations.
In this episode we explore the complex world of access control integrations. You will learn the basics of access control systems and the basics of approaching access control integrations.
Audio Visual systems are complex systems.
But when integrated into or with a building automation system they can add tremendous capabilities to the end user.
In this episode we will begin to look at the fundamentals of audio visual system integration.
In this episode we explore how to implement lighting integrations.
We go step-by-step through the process of implementing lighting integrations and discuss the three most common approaches to integrating systems into our building automation systems.
In this episode we are starting a multi-part series on integration. In this series you will learn strategies, tips, and tricks on how to approach and maintain simple and complex integrations.
This episode will cover the basics of lighting integration.
What is lighting integration?
What nuances do we need to look out for when integrating lighting systems.
There are so many people promoting smart buildings and smart buildings technology. But do your customer's even need a smart building?
In this episode we explore whether it makes sense to have a smart building or if something else should take their place...
Building automation professionals should understand how to calculate the return on investment and payback period for building automation energy conservation measures.
In this episode we explore the fundamentals of return on investment calculations for energy conservation measures.
In this episode we will be discussing 5 tips to sell building automation solutions to your competitors customers.
I believe we are entering a period of time where the ability to sell into existing competitors accounts will be crucial for business survival.
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, you will learn how to set up an IT network.
We will start at the host device and work through the exact steps you need to take in order to layout and implement a full IP network for your building automation system.
There is a ton of noise around cybersecurity lately. And I'm sure a lot of you are getting questions about how to make sure your building automation system is secure.
In this episode, we discuss a practical approach to assessing, auditing, ranking and implementing cyber-security for your building automation system.
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we discuss the new IAQ guidelines and sequences from ASHRAE.
We also look at how to implement IAQ within new and existing buildings and how you can communicate your IAQ efforts to your tenants.
Every day we get questions about information technology.
In this episode, we answer the most common questions around IT.
John Petze has been a pillar in our industry for a long time. In this week's episode, we discuss the topic of data and metadata and explore the emergence, growth, and adoption of Haystack as a semantic model throughout our industry.
I've always worked on the outside of retrocommissioning projects as an advisor or a technician. That's why in this episode I'm going to join you in exploring how retrocommissioning works and how to best approach it.
Along the way we are going to analyze strategies, processes, and tips and tricks to effectively retrocommission buildings.
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.
Are you considering purchasing or designing a building automation system?
If so you need to listen to this episode!
On this week's podcast we continue to answer the questions our listeners have related to selecting, upgrading, or buying a BAS.
We received over 140+ questions and in this episode, we dive into 17 more questions.
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:
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.
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.
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!
Why is the industry embracing BACnet/SC? Is it a good idea?
What are the ramifications of rolling out a new protocol stack to the market?
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, I discuss my thoughts on the BACnet/SC protocol and I discuss why it may or may not be a solution for your business.
We are facing a shortage of 20,000+ BAS Professionals. Our current methods of workforce development are not keeping pace with the need for talented BAS professionals.
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we layout a step-by-step plan to develop BAS technicians that can work independently in less than 180 days.
2020 has been a challenging year and I firmly believe 2021 will be even more challenging. In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we are going to discuss what you can do to prepare yourself and your business for the changes coming to our industry.
Learn how to layout BAS inputs and outputs for your controls hardware designs in this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast.
In this week's episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, you will learn the 5-step building controls hardware engineering process.
We will discuss:
Is your building automation system secure?
Does your BAS need to be secure?
And what does secure even mean?
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy podcast, we discuss the fundamentals of cyber-security. We look at what cyber-security is, how to evaluate the need for cyber-security controls, and what cyber-security approaches you can use to better secure your building automation system
Have you ever run into a project delay that wasn't your fault?
Did you find yourself running into wall after wall when you tried to get the project team to help you out?
If so this episode is for you!
In this episode we discuss how to manage project expectations in the contracted environment.
What if I told you that you can develop a BAS Technician in 6 months? Would you believe me?
The OJT myth is a belief that the only way we can develop technicians is to put them in the field for several years until they "figure out" how to "do it".
In this episode we look at alternative employee development models and we explore how and when to best use OJT.
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we look at seven key concepts that every building automation professional should know about information technology.
We are entering a retrofit market. Are you prepared to maintain your building automation sales pipelines in this new retrofit market?
I remember when capital work largely dried up in 2009 and the only thing that kept me employed was my retrofit projects.
In this episode, we discuss how to sell retrofit work.
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we are going to discuss how to troubleshoot common issues that we experience out in the field. Over the past couple weeks I've been keeping an eye out for questions on Facebook, HVAC forums, and LinkedIn.
In this episode I am going to discuss common issues related to:
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we discuss how to get a job in building automation.
We discuss the essential skills for getting a job in the building automation space, the different types of roles and what each role requires, and how to transition into those roles.
In this episode, we take a deep dive into how to use the consultative sales process to identify solutions to problems impacting your customer's business.
Tyson Soutter is an experienced smart buildings professional who has an extensive background in smart buildings technologies. Similar to myself, Tyson started as a technician and worked into more technical roles over the years.
This enabled us to have a great conversation that went into the weeds on several topics. However, if you are not a technical person this podcast interview still has some great business and sales discussions as Tyson and I discussed the future state of the market, strategies for maintaining relevancy and growth, and ideas around actually implementing technology solutions in today's environment.
Are you a building owner trying to figure out what actions you should be taking during new construction or major retrofit projects? If so this week's episode is for you.
In this episode, we are going to discuss how to oversee a building automation project from the perspective of the owner.
As I see it there are four phase gates for an owner to focus on
Managing building automation projects is tough. There are so many nested tasks and expectations that you need to oversee!
In this week's episode, we discuss how to effectively manage Building Automation projects.
In this episode you will learn:
In this week's episode, we look at our five-phase framework for controlling your building's HVAC and Building Automation Systems post-Coronavirus.
How do networks work?
Coronavirus will eventually clear up enough for the economy to reopen but what do you do after that?
In this week's podcast, we tackle the topic of shutting down your building.
In this episode, we discuss how to build out a use case library to increase your ability to sell and execute smart building projects.
This week we have Curt Bramel the North and South America channel sales leader for Tridium. In this episode Curt and I discuss:
Why do analytics projects fail? What makes them successful?
Have you ever wondered how your BAS user interface works?
How do you maximize your sales success? How do you grow your building automation accounts?
What is working in building automation?
There is a saying that troubleshooting a building automation system is more of an art than a science.
You have what it takes to get a job in building automation. All you need is a clear plan.
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.
How do you continue to grow your building automation business after the building is built?
How do you organize your building automation business for success?
Have you ever tried to teach yourself something? It can seem overwhelming.
Have you ever been told you just need to do your time? Rome wasn't built overnight after all, right?
How do wireless networks work with building automation systems?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
Have you ever wondered how you control central utility plants? Or how to sequence multiple chillers in a decoupled loop?
Do you work with VAV boxes?
Does reading a building automation control sequence feel like deciphering hieroglyphics?
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!
Do you want to improve your BAS career?
When you read the words energy efficiency what do you think of?
Preventative maintenance is the core of good facility management.
Preventative Maintenance. What comes to mind when you think of those two words?
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?
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.
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:
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:
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:
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: