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The Ultimate Guide to Building Automation Systems

By Phil Zito on Dec 6, 2019 6:00:21 AM

BEMS, BMS, BAS, EMCS, and this list goes on and on. Welcome the acronym-filled wasteland know as building automation.

You may be wondering, "What is a Building Automation System":

Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls
4 min read

Building a BAS Lab

By Phil Zito on Oct 17, 2019 3:30:24 PM

Let's Build a Lab

One of the questions we receive from our students is how to build a practice lab for building automation. In this quick guide, we will discuss exactly what you need for your own lab.

Topics: Building Controls
63 min read

How to Evaluate Building Automation Systems

By Phil Zito on Mar 21, 2018 7:00:10 AM

Are you overwhelmed with how fast the BAS market is changing?

Do you find yourself struggling to keep up with systems and how to evaluate them?

Are you looking for an easy way to consistently evaluate BAS's that is vendor neutral?

If so you are in the right spot. 

Topics: Guides building automation systems Building Controls
42 min read

BAS Expert shares his 13 tips for optimizing systems

By Phil Zito on Nov 21, 2017 6:00:12 AM

"I’m new to building automation and it’s a bit overwhelming. What’s the first thing I should do?"

Topics: Guides building automation systems Building Controls
8 min read

What is Tridium Part 1

By Phil Zito on Jul 3, 2017 6:00:51 AM

I'm proud to say that for several months now this post is the number 2 result on Google Search for "What is Tridium". So if you are landing here for the first time, first off welcome!

The post below is part of a 2 part series that seeks to provide an overview of what Tridium is and what Tridium isn't. At the end of this article, I will provide you some related articles and a chance to learn more about building automation.

Topics: Guides tridium building automation systems Building Controls Tridium
44 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Building Automation Programming

By Phil Zito on May 5, 2017 7:00:51 AM

This post will teach you how to program a Building Automation System.

But not in the way you think…

Of all the topics I’ve discussed this is the one, I’ve skirted around the most.

You see I’ve been struggling with how to best teach this topic. Not because I don’t know how to program but rather because each company has a different set of programming tools.

Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls
19 min read

The Definitive Guide to BACnet

By Phil Zito on Mar 26, 2017 11:49:57 AM

BACnet confuses a lot of folks and if you feel confused that's ok.

We created this guide to solve that problem. This guide will:

  1. Help owners really understand what BACnet is and what it isn't
  2. Help system integrators understand the nuances of BACnet in regards to integration
  3. Help non-BAS product developers understand how BACnet could work with their product
Topics: Guides bacnet Building Controls
20 min read

The BAS Professional's Guide to Central Cooling Plants

By Phil Zito on Jan 11, 2017 6:00:50 AM

Several years ago I started writing a series about central cooling plants. As I've advanced in my building automation system (BAS) career, I've realized that central cooling plants are one of the most complex systems that a BAS technician will work on.

Topics: Hydronic Systems HVAC hydronic systems hvac cooling systems
11 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Tridium N4

By Phil Zito on Nov 9, 2016 7:00:46 AM

Well, folks, it's time. Time for me to update one of my most popular posts. A lot has happened since I wrote my two-part series on Tridium.

Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls Tridium
37 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Systems Integration

By Phil Zito on Jul 5, 2016 2:00:19 AM

Systems Integration is a tough topic. I've been planning to write this series for a long time.

This series is going to take you from zero to systems integration hero.

Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls
7 min read

What is Tridium Part 2

By Phil Zito on Sep 10, 2013 10:34:44 AM

In my earlier article, I went through a level review of Tridium. Much to my surprise that what is Tridium article became one of my most read articles and I continue to get e-mails asking me for greater detail.

A few of the questions I receive are:

  • How does a JACE really work?
  • What are the pros and cons of a platform sold through VAR's(Value Added Resellers)?
  • What do I need to know if I am looking into Tridium as an offering?

All of these are good and pertinent questions. As I mentioned in my earlier article Tridium exists as a middleware BAS platform that provides the ability to connect to other systems via API's (Application Programming Interfaces).

Topics: Guides tridium building automation systems Building Controls Tridium