The Smart Buildings Academy | Teaching You Building Automation, Systems Integration, and Information Technology

Oct 19 2020 28 mins 552

If you want to learn building automation then you are in the right place. My name is Phil Zito and I run the Building Automation Monthly Podcast. If you are a technician, operator, sales person, or engineer this podcast is for you. Each week I tap into my vast experience in Building Automation and teach you the things no one else teaches. You will learn about BAS, HVAC, IT, Energy Management, Sales, Operations, Project Management, Cyber Security and so much more. Over the past decade I've held a variety of BAS roles in service, install, operations management, sales, and most recently I led the technical integration program at Johnson Controls. Suffice to say, I've been in your shoes and I know what you need to learn. I look forward to guiding you through BAS in the weekly Building Automation Monthly Podcast.

BAM 121: IT Networking for BAS Pros - Part 3
Jul 02 2018 34 mins  
Have you ever had to explain yourself to IT? It seemed like the IT folks, were blocking you at every turn. Why do you need IP addresses? Why do you need to put your devices on our network? Why do your addresses need to be static? Every day these questions plague BAS professionals. One false move and the IT group will withdraw and block you from achieving your goals. In this week’s episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we will be discussing how to deal with these exact issues. This episode will cover: What IP addressing is and why it matters to BAS professionals The common challenges you will get from IT professionals and how to overcome them What the three most common IP controls architectures are and when you should use each one Why the deep study of IT networking is actually hurting your BAS career and what to do instead IP Addresses and IP BAS Controls A real-world IT issue faced by one of our students and how they resolved it (1:35) The importance of having IP knowledge (5:35) What exactly is the IP address and why does it matter? (6:52) How subnet ranges and IP addresses work together (9:55) The very important reason for understanding how to calculate IP addresses (12:02) Two types of IP addresses and when to use each one (14:30) How to deal with IT folks who don't want to give you static IP addresses (16:00) How broadcasts and default gateways make BAS networks work (19:00) What are routers and how do they affect your BAS network traffic (21:04) The three major BAS IP controls architectures (26:05)

BAM 119: IT Networking for BAS Pros - Part 1
Jun 18 2018 30 mins  
What’s the difference between an application port and a switch port? How do you avoid bandwidth constraints and dropped BAS packets? If you are planning on having a career in building automation, these are just a few of the challenges you will face. IT networking is becoming a required skill for BAS professionals. But, outside of our IT course, no one is teaching what BAS professionals need to know. And that is why in this week’s episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast we will be discussing: How BAS devices use the network to communicate The different parts and pieces of a BAS network The three things you must understand to avoid network issues Why you must start learning IT now to futureproof your career Ports and Wires The one model that makes sense of IT networking (4:20) What is the physical layer of networking? (5:55) How you can mess up BAS networking and how to avoid it (7:20) The different networking devices in a BAS network (8:30) How unmanaged switches are different then managed switches (9:25) Why physical and logical topologies matter (11:15) The two types of ports that you need to know (12:20) When to use access links vs trunk links (13:25) Why you must embrace the discomfort of speaking like an IT person (15:35) The one thing you need to learn about how wired communication happens (17:40) The effect of speed on BAS network bandwidth (23:35) Why we need to focus in on our networks wiring (26:25) The three things we need to remember about wired networks (27:30)

BAM 118: How BACnet integrations really work part 3
Jun 11 2018 32 mins  
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? The amount of BACnet/IP devices being installed is increasingly daily. Unfortunately, the understanding and knowledge of BACnet/IP is not! That’s why in this episode you are going to learn BACnet/IP. By the time you finish this episode you will: Understand the top questions to answer when designing and deploying BACnet/IP networks How BACnet/IP devices are unique and the little know nuances to installing BACnet/IP devices The 5 questions you must be able to answer on every new BACnet/IP installation The most common problems with BACnet/IP and how you can easily troubleshoot it. Listen to the episode below. BACnet IP What is different with BACnet/IP (1:50) How the lack of IT knowledge is keeping you unsuccessful (3:45) Why the lack of IT training options is holding back the BAS industry (4:50) The impact of large-scale BACnet/IP networks (6:30) How BACnet/IP communicates (7:45) The two stacks of BACnet awesomeness (10:15) The two BACnet addressing schemes (12:40) How do broadcasts work in BACnet/IP (15:25) Why the BBMD is the most useful part of BACnet/IP (16:40) How to add new BACnet/IP devices (19:20) The step-by-step process to adding new BACnet/IP devices (20:15) The top questions you need to ask when working with BACnet/IP (22:25) How to easily deal with an IT group that won’t give you static IP addresses (25:10) Common BACnet/IP troubleshooting strategies (26:45)

BAM 114: Building Automation Optimization Strategies Part 1
May 14 2018 30 mins  
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? What is an optimized building? Throughout my career, I've seen well-meaning folks damage their building's HVAC and BAS systems in the pursuit of optimization. That's why I'm tackling this topic. The reality is optimization does not equal energy savings. You could achieve "optimization" by simply making sure all the different BAS you have are tied into a single user interface. So how do you deal with optimization? That is what we cover in this episode of The Building Automation Monthly Podcast. In this episode we will discuss: What optimization is How to avoid damaging your building during optimization Why you need to avoid retro-opto-commissioning My five-step process for optimizing your building automation system Here's a timeline breakdown of what we cover in the podcast: What is optimization and what isn't optimization (2:50) The upstream and downstream effects of optimization (4:55) Why how you optimize is more important than why you optimize (6:50) The dark side of economizer optimization (9:00) The two places you need to be careful when doing math (8:00) How to protect your code from the janitor operator (9:20) Why learning the art of systems thinking is so important (10:55) Retrocommissioning and optimization ARE NOT the same thing (12:40) The danger of retro-opto-commissioning (15:20) The five-step process for optimizing a BAS (19:00) Why you need to have SMART goals for your optimization projects (19:45) Why socializing your optimization strategies is the dumbest thing you can do (23:25)

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