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Learn How to Evaluate Controls Architectures in 3 Easy Steps

By Phil Zito on Jul 18, 2016 6:00:48 AM

How do you know if your BAS is designed efficiently?

Does your BAS have the correct capacity to grow with you?

These are questions that every building owner and controls contractor face at some point in their career. Up until this point there really hasn't been an answer to these questions.

Topics: building automation systems Building Controls
5 min read

3 Steps Evaluate Your BAS Tools

By Phil Zito on Jul 11, 2016 6:00:06 AM

Do you know what tools are provided with your new BAS?

Topics: building automation systems Building Controls
4 min read

Convergence versus Integration

By Phil Zito on May 10, 2016 6:30:45 AM

I recently received an email asking me about my thoughts on technology convergence versus integration. As I started to write a response to the email I noticed that my response would answer a question that I get here quite often.

Topics: building automation systems Building Controls integration
8 min read

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
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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
4 min read

The most impactful feature of your BAS, that you aren't using

By Phil Zito on Apr 27, 2016 7:00:31 AM

Its right there in front of you. Can you see it?

Topics: building automation systems Building Controls trends
4 min read

Five Things to Consider Before you Integrate

By Phil Zito on Apr 15, 2016 7:00:45 AM

I was sitting in a cramped room, surrounded by several software engineers who were passionately arguing among themselves about a data model and how we could integrate two systems seamlessly. I interjected, being the glutton for punishment that I am, what is the value this will deliver? They turned and looked at me with a look that beamed, "Who is this guy and why is he asking about value? Doesn't he understand that there can't be any value if the systems can't even talk?"

Topics: building automation systems Building Controls integration
2 min read

The Hidden Costs of First Cost only Thinking

By Phil Zito on Apr 10, 2016 8:02:26 AM

It sucked, I literally wasted 3 hours of my life one Saturday waiting to buy tickets for a dance recital. What really sucked was when I realized 2,000 other people were doing the same thing. There we were standing cramped in a small dance studio waiting to buy tickets for a dance recital, what an awesome use of my Saturday morning.

Topics: building automation systems Building Controls life cycle costing
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Guess who Just Hacked a Building Automation System?

By Phil Zito on Feb 17, 2016 12:31:04 PM

Woke up to news early this week, IBM X-Force hacked a Building Automation System using a combination of common vulnerabilities. Based on the report IBM produced, here is what happened.

Topics: Security building automation systems Building Controls cybersecurity
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Yet Another BACnet Explorer- My Favorite BACnet Library

By Phil Zito on Jan 19, 2016 7:45:35 PM

This is quite possibly going to be my shortest blog post ever. When I am coding integrations I often have to use a BACnet library. Because I can't share my production library that I use for my "company code", I had to find another library that I could use for any code I share online.  Because I like C# and .NET for a variety of reasons I had to really dig to find a C# BACnet library.

Topics: BACnet Library building automation systems BACnet BACnet/IP