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Phil Zito


Recent posts by Phil Zito

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SBA 388: Developing Diverse Talent with Michael Conway of Stacks + Joules

By Phil Zito on Nov 29, 2022 11:22:29 AM

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

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SBA 387: What can we learn about efficiency and smart from the residential sector with Bill Spohn

By Phil Zito on Nov 28, 2022 2:14:49 PM

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

We discuss:

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


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SBA 386: Ask Me Anything

By Phil Zito on Nov 24, 2022 3:44:08 PM

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

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SBA 385: Learning ASHRAE 55 Together

By Phil Zito on Nov 21, 2022 1:51:15 PM

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

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

In this standard we will learn:

  • How space type and utilization factor into comfort design
  • How to identify setpoints and conditions based on space load
  • How to comply with the ASHRAE 55 standard
  • And much more
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SBA 384: Space utilization and efficiency planning with Akira Jones of HH Angus

By Phil Zito on Nov 18, 2022 2:49:25 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are the inputs for use case development?

How do you differentiate between inferred data and actual data?


How do you plug inputs into the framework?

What should come out of the framework?

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SBA 383: Learning ASHRAE 62.1 Together

By Phil Zito on Nov 16, 2022 1:42:37 PM

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

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SBA 382: Learning ASHRAE 90.1 Together

By Phil Zito on Nov 14, 2022 1:54:30 PM

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

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SBA 381: Lessons Learned From Running an Analytics Program With Devan Tracy

By Phil Zito on Nov 11, 2022 1:00:00 PM

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

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SBA 380: How to Rapidly Develop a Workforce

By Phil Zito on Nov 9, 2022 1:53:46 PM

Are you struggling to find technical talent?

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SBA 379: Lessons Learned From Running A Training Business

By Phil Zito on Nov 7, 2022 1:49:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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