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Expert shows 3 ways to improve your Chiller performance right now!

By Phil Zito on May 5, 2016 8:56:11 PM

I remember an interesting call I got back when I lived in Texas. I was on a troubleshooting call to a church in Southlake, Tx. They were having issues cooling down the rooms in the children's wing and they couldn't seem to figure out why. Upon checking the air handlers sure enough the discharge air set-point wasn't being met despite the cooling valve being 100% open.

Topics: analytics building automation systems Building Controls trends
5 min read

Your Outdoor Air Damper is Costing you A Hundred Dollars a minute

By Phil Zito on May 2, 2016 6:00:21 AM

While you are reading this article a good percentage of you are sucking hot humid air into your building just to cool it down.

Sucks doesn't it? You spend all this money to control your building only to have your energy budget being blown by some hot humid air.

Topics: analytics building automation systems Building Controls trends
2 min read

What Are You Doing With Your Customers Data?

By Phil Zito on Dec 1, 2013 2:21:09 PM

What Are You Doing With Your Customers Data?

So it never fails, I hung up all our x-mas lights yesterday and a strand in the middle of the icicle lights died. Off I went to run errands and to purchase some new lights. Normally I do my shopping at Lowe's but since I was closer to Home Depot I decided to go there instead. As I was checking out the credit card machine prompted me and asked if I would like to have my receipt e-mailed to me.

Topics: analytics building automation systems Building Controls
5 min read

Big Data Don't Ignore Small Business

By Phil Zito on Oct 31, 2013 3:22:10 PM

Big Data Don't Ignore Small Business

Back when I was in grade school we would pick teams for pickup games of dodge ball and kick ball. It never failed that the smaller kids were always left for last. Now, the funny thing was that the team captains judged the talent on size and it never failed that a kid named John was left out. However, this day we happened to play a pickup game of baseball and the team that finally picked John found out real quick that John for his small size was an amazing pitcher.

Topics: analytics building automation systems Building Controls
7 min read

The Invisible Employee: Applying Building Analytics Within the Workplace

By Phil Zito on Aug 2, 2013 4:09:37 PM

Imagine an employee who works 24 hours a day never stopping, not requiring benefits, with the ability to clearly communicate the needs of your organization to hundreds if not thousands of employees at the same time. Do you see him?

Topics: analytics building automation systems Building Controls
6 min read

My BAS Can Do That: And other Myths about BAS Analytics

By Phil Zito on Jul 14, 2013 1:47:17 PM

My BAS Can Do That: And other Myths about BAS Analytics

I have had the privilege of working in the automation industry for more than a decade and have seen it move from stand-alone systems all the way to full-blown web-based platforms. However, until recently, we have not had the ability to capture, analyze, and report on massive amounts of data.

Topics: analytics building automation systems Building Controls
5 min read

You wouldn't use a Drill as a Mixer....

By Phil Zito on Jun 11, 2013 7:08:10 AM

An Evaluation of Enterprise Energy Management

Overview

I really do believe in the power of cloud based applications, especially analytics. I realize for some, especially those in the Building Automation Systems sphere cloud based (or if you prefer to call them distributed) analytical solutions are new to the market. Averaging about 2-3 years old the energy analytics market is quickly filling up with analytical solutions.

Topics: analytics building automation systems Building Controls