Phil Zito


Recent posts by Phil Zito

14 min read

Establishing a Controls Standard for Your Business

By Phil Zito on Nov 23, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be covering what a building automation standard is and why you should be using one in your contracting or system integrator business.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation Sales smartbuildings business bas projects profit standards processes procedures
14 min read

Growing Your Controls Business in a Recession

By Phil Zito on Nov 18, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be talking about how to grow your controls business during a recession. So, two quarters negative GDP growth, we're in a recession, stuff is trending downwards, energy's going up, supplies are hard to get. How do we continue to grow our controls business in this unique environment? Well, that is what we're going to unpack.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation Sales smartbuildings business bas projects profit
24 min read

How to Manage BAS Projects From Start to Finish

By Phil Zito on Nov 16, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be discussing BAS project management. We're going to go from start to finish with BAS project management:

  • How we initiate a BAS project
  • How we handle a BAS project through the design phase
  • How we handle it through the implementation phase
  • How we handle it through the closing phase
Topics: Building Automation System building automation smartbuildings Design bas projects implementation project management closing
17 min read

Learning Guideline 36 Together

By Phil Zito on Nov 10, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we're going to be exploring Guideline 36. I've had a lot of customers, both on the owner and the contractor side, reach out to us lately asking us to create an energy management, a measurement and verification, systems optimization, and an energy conservation measure course and training materials.

Topics: control sequences Building Automation System building automation smartbuildings guidelines
12 min read

A Design Pattern Approach to Programming

By Phil Zito on Nov 8, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be talking about programming, specifically, we're going to be talking about design patterns. We’ll start off by just kind of discussing what design patterns are and a design pattern approach to programming. It's probably different than some of the things you've seen in the past. Then we are going to give a couple of sample design patterns.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation smartbuildings programming Design wire sheets
11 min read

Why Team and Business Culture Matter

By Phil Zito on Oct 27, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be discussing culture, we're going to talk about why your team and business culture matter. Now I know a Smart Buildings post talking about culture, it may seem a little bit not aligned, but if you look at what's going on in the workforce right now, with people leaving, people checking out and not even really giving effort, a lot of that comes down to culture. If we look at employee retention, it’s critical, especially now with anywhere from 100 to 200,000 people short in the building automation industry on a month-to-month basis, depending on who you listen to or read.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation smartbuildings team culture ethics
15 min read

Defending Your Team Against Scope Creep

By Phil Zito on Oct 25, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be talking about scope creep. We're going to talk about how you can manage and eliminate scope creep within your building automation projects, retrofits, service calls, etc. That being said, the goals of today are to identify common scope creep issues and to provide examples of how to solve.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation smartbuildings scope scope creep scope statement
11 min read

Demand Control Ventilation Deep Dive

By Phil Zito on Oct 20, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be talking about demand control ventilation. So, we're going to cover a lot of different aspects of demand control ventilation. When I actually went and first started researching this for the post, yes, I actually did research before this post, I started to find out that there is a lot more to demand control ventilation than what I had connected with it in the past. That's the thing like, I actually have seen these technologies, and I have implemented many of these technologies, but I never really connected them as part of a holistic demand control ventilation strategy.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation smartbuildings demand control ventilation CO2 sensors
17 min read

Handling Callbacks, Scope Drift, and Other Project Issues

By Phil Zito on Oct 18, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be talking about the glorious experience that is callbacks, scope drift and other project issues. We're going to start this off with just getting level set on what these terms are that I used. Quite often, we will find that the terms that we use in this industry, and I am personally very guilty of this at times, can differ from person to person.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation smartbuildings costs callbacks scope drift issues slippage delays
12 min read

Identifying the True Sales Opportunity

By Phil Zito on Oct 14, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Hey folks, Phil Zito here and welcome back. In this post, we are going to be discussing how to identify the true sales opportunity.

Topics: Building Automation System building automation bas sales Sales smartbuildings costs