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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 to the acronym-filled wasteland know as building automation. You may be wondering, "What is a Building Automation System?"

Even among "building automation" professionals, there's a lack of consensus around what building automation is. And this is exactly why I wrote this guide.

The purpose of this guide is to help you understand what building automation is.

No matter what your role is when you finish this guide you will understand what a building automation system is and how it works.

Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls
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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. I’d 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. So therein lies the rub, how do you teach a topic that is unique to each vendor…

Well, after a ton of hemming and hawing (that’s a southern US phrase for y'all that means I was procrastinating…) I decided to ignore the vendor problem and just dive into the basics.


So without further delay...


The definitive guide to building automation programming

Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls
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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.

You can click on the links to read Part 1 and Part 2.

I initially wrote the series as a way to solidify my knowledge around Tridium. Little did I know it would become one of my most popular posts and also a top ranking Google search.

Well, a lot has changed since I wrote those articles. Tridium released a new solution called N4 (Generation 4 of Tridium essentially), and to answer a ton of questions I am updating my series.


Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls Tridium
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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.

In this series you will learn the process I created when I first started systems integration way back in 2008. I've since refined this process to align more closely with enterprise architecture models, but at the end of the day, it's still my same process, just a little bit cleaner :-D

Topics: Guides smartbuildings Building Controls