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Building Automation Systems
Even if you don't know where to start
Building Automation Systems (BAS) can be confusing!

BAS are a combination of HVAC, electrical systems, and information technology. Not understanding any one of these systems can cause you to make mistakes that will damage your project, reputation, and business.

Plus, if you are trying to get a job in the BAS world, having to learn all of these systems can be OVERWHELMING!

You see for decades now facility managers, engineers, sales professionals and technicians have struggled with learning building automation systems!

Up to this point, your only solution was to spend years working under a mentor and hopefully, after several years of learning, you'd know enough to make it in the controls world.

The problem is, these folks are leaving the BAS space...

And they are leaving fast... 

The good news is that on this page I am going to show you how you can learn the fundamental knowledge around BAS that you need to know to succeed in this space.

And I'm not going to just show you how to learn... 

I'm going to show you how to massively accelerate your learning and skip over the experience gap that many folks struggle with.

If you work in the BAS space then you absolutely need to know this knowledge.
The Most Comprehensive Guide you will ever find an absolute must have for all engineers.

-Paul Duffield
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After all, things are changing...

Building automation systems are changing so fast that it is hard to keep up. The old method of attending a yearly seminar and relying on courses taught by folks, who have never even installed a building automation system doesn’t work. 

All that happens is you end up:

  • Making design decisions that at best aren’t efficient and at worst end up with lawsuits and relationships that are damaged beyond repair 
  • Incomplete knowledge that keeps you up at night waiting to be called out at a job site or facility meeting for your “lack of knowledge.”
  • Failed upgrade or integration projects that damage equipment, cost people their jobs, and maybe even their lives

You know I'm right, you've seen it all too often: 

  • Controls projects 90% done

  • Points showing up unreliable 

  • Controls sequences that don't even adhere to the basic laws of physics....

You know how close knit the controls community is. Do you really want your name tied to bad installs and semi-functional buildings?

The Good News Is You Don't Have to Be Alone on This Journey

My name is Phil Zito:

I am the integration program manager for the largest building automation system manufacturer in the world. I am responsible for designing the use cases, architectures, and sequences for the most complex smart building projects in the world.

  • I have designed, implemented, and managed, complex systems integration projects with (AT&T, Eli Lily,  Intel, Microsoft, Monsanto, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and many, many more)
  • I have two Masters Degrees, one in Information Assurance (Cyber Security) and one in Information Systems
  • I hold the following certifications LEED AP BD+C, CEM (Certified Energy Manager), CCDA/NA (Cisco Certified Design and Network Associate), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and TOGAF (Enterprise Architecture) 

But it wasn't always this way...

In the summer of 2007, I was a new military veteran caught up in corporate downsizing. 

Panic set in.  There I was six months after leaving the military with my wife and 1-year-old daughter depending on me to make ends meet...

So how did I get to:

  • Leading the technical integration program for the largest building automation system manufacturer in the world 
  • Working on every major building automation system in existence
  • Designing the integrations for some of the most complex buildings on the planet
  • Being published in top trade journals like the ASHRAE Journal
I did this by spending every night for five years researching and applying knowledge on building automation systems.

But there is good news. I have gathered all of this knowledge into a single reference that you can use to immediately shortcut your competition and accelerate your building automation career.
Buy the program, it's a brilliant reference guide! Coming from a dyed in the wool controls guy, 39 years and still going.

-Dave Phillips
It Worked For Me, And It Will Work For You 

Here’s what it did for me… 

This knowledge took me from struggling to make $40,000 a year as a building automation technician in 2007 to making a healthy six-figure salary in early 2009 and for the past seven years!

A few of the other benefits I've gained from this knowledge are:
    • The opportunity to work on some of the most complex building automation projects in the world 
    • To present at industry conferences like IBCON
    • Write articles for industry journals like the prestigious ASHRAE Journal
    • Lead the technical integration program for a Fortune 100 company
Here Is How My Program Has Helped Others
I am only half way through... but I tell you what... this book is the bomb! Excellent coverage of all aspects of building automation. Phil made me (because the book says ) learn about HVAC first ... I'm a lighting gal... pleasant surprise I liked it ... it was so informative!! can't wait to learn more! I peeked a bit on POE lighting and networking... ;) good stuff Phil!!! looking forward to seeing this on the best sellers list!!!
Lisa Isaacson
Chief Business Dev. Officer
NuLeds
I started my career in Building Automation 2 years before this book was published, with absolutely no industry knowledge or experience.

I can honestly say if this book had been available back then, I would be leaps and bound ahead of where I am now. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to start a career in BAS or expand/refresh their current industry knowledge.

If you are looking for a detailed guide to understanding the many, many aspects of Building Automation / Energy Management systems, this is THE book!
Sam Wilson
Account Executive

Building Automation Systems A to Z provides an entertaining and informative overview of a BAS. This book is structured in a way that a person at any skill level can easily navigate to the section and information they need. 

Phil’s teaching style is straightforward and easy to understand; his book provides a solid foundation and is an excellent resource for anyone in the industry. The training that Phil Zito provides in this book and on his website goes a long way to fill the training void that currently exists in the building automation community.

Dave Richardson
Service Technician
ATS Inland NW

Building Automation System A to Z is exactly what I was hoping it would be, a solid introduction to the fundamentals of BAS.

I come from a mechanical engineering and, to a lesser extent, IT background. I am highly interested in BAS, but had no idea where to start my learning venture. 

Phil Zito's book proved to be exactly what I was looking for. It provides a solid foundation of what BAS is and its components. He then further introduces you to electrical and IT fundamentals, BAS maintenance, procurement, upgrading, BAS management, system integration and even analytics.  

After reading his book, I feel much more confident in any situation wherein I may need to know some fundamental BAS concepts (such as an interview).  

If you need a solid jumping off point or just need to expand you current base knowledge of building automation systems, I highly recommend you read this book.

Jeff Wrigley
IT Systems Administrator
Patriot Products LLC
The book is well written, it keeps the information understandable and not geared towards the scientist. It is educational and entertaining while providing something for people with all levels of experience, from the novice looking for ideas, to the well seasoned HVAC tech looking to expand his knowledge.
Rich Lillie
Director of Operations
WSR Technical Services, Inc.
Phil Zito has fully captured the building automation systems business and its place in the building construction industry in his new book Building Automation Systems A to Z. From pneumatic controls to the emerging technologies of IoT and cloud computing, Building Automation Systems A to Z covers all aspect of our industry. This is an excellent primer if you’re new building automation and controls. And a wonderful reminder for experienced individuals on what a complex and technology-focused industry we work in.
Kevin Callahan, Product Owner & Evangelist, Alerton Dealer Business
I had a old fashioned knowledge of BAS while I'm a professional mechanical engineer who worked in different fields for more than 10 past years.Honestly I just started reading the Phil Zito's book and BAS became an easy concept to follow up and understand BAS from A to Z.
Aram Jabbarimoghaddam
HVAC System Specialist
Bombardier Transportation
Building Automation Systems is only book I know that explains nuts and bolts of Building Automation Systems, it will not make you Building Automation expert but it will give you complete understanding of Building Automation Systems and technologies.  Good read for BAS Technicians, Sales persons , building  operators and owners .

Dalibor Z.

as a primer, Phil Zito's "Building Automation A to Z" offers a thorough introduction to BAS systems which are complex, difficult to install, maintain, and upgrade with many moving parts.

the book offers a sweeping overview of the main concepts that would interest a building owner seeking a tighter, money-saving operation or someone thinking about a career as a building controls technician or contractor.

Phil shares insights, knowledge, terminology, and concepts in easy-going writing style including subjects which are presented with an attitude of "you can do this!"

The author is very dedicated (and it shows!) to passing on years of practical tips to streamline and standardized experience-tested methods which, if adopted, can lead to saving time and preventing expensive downtime.

This book spans a great variety of topics like: purchasing, maintaining, and updating BAS systems with industry observations which are unique and rarely shared in printed form.

Here too, you will find several chapters that focus on: system components; a structured approach to installed systems; upgrading existing systems; an overview of building design, construction and commissioning; IT (information technology) concepts; the buzz surrounding IoT; and career guidance all within its 3xx pages.

and yet, the book needs an index, a glossary of terms and references to supplemental readings including the author's own blog entries and podcasts.

book could use more diagrams to help explain processes of configuring, installing, troubleshooting BAS.

this useful book is part of a large multi-media project: teaching the intricacies of building automation. the book and the author's website deliver a comprehensive educational resource accessible to those interested in learning about all aspects and complexity of building automation.

Eric Anderson, VP, Product Development & Engineering
If you specialize, or are involved with BAS at any level, do yourself a favor and connect with Phil! Simple to complex, Phil simplifies and makes sense of the BAS world. Trust me now, Thank me later!
Matt Suffecool

Mechanical Solutions Consultant
Mechanical Mission
I have had the honor of collaborating in the writing of the book "Building Automation Systems A to Z", Author Phillip Zito. I highly recommend the book if you want to learn all the concepts necessary for the implementation of a Building Automation System.
Juan José Castillo Fernández
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  • No more spending hours searching to find answers to your building automation questions  
  • Become the person everyone turns to for their questions on building automation systems
  • Execute your building automation integration and upgrade projects, On-time and on-budget when you follow my step-by-step processes  
  • Make yourself the hero of your controls group by reducing the number of equipment failures and control system maintenance 
  • Know intuitively how to prioritize maintenance tasks and manage building automation systems with my step-by-step processes

All of this comes from my new program.

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SECTION 1: CORE KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 1: HVAC Basics
    • The single most important thing to know about the refrigeration cycle (no it's not how the cycle works)
    • The number reason you must understand psychrometrics (you need to know this before you chose your setpoints)
    • Why ASHRAE 55 and 62 are essential to your HVAC design (it's because these standards allow you to reset outdoor airflow and change your temperature setpoints to save energy)
    • The differences between rooftop units and air handling units (these differences can save you thousands on your design)
Chapter 2: Building Automation Fundamentals
    • The ten step process to upgrading pneumatic systems to Direct Digital Controls (never struggle with a retrofit project again)
    • The essential functions of control systems (truly understand the impact of design decisions)
    • What the top open protocols are, what they do, and what manufacturers use them
    • The top three graphics templates you absolutely need to have in your Building Automation System (they are System, Floorplan, and Space graphics)
Chapter 3: Smart Building Systems
    • The three ways to integrate other systems into your Building Automation System (no more wondering how to integrate different systems)
    • Eleven systems that you absolutely need to be aware of (not knowing how these systems work with your BAS can cost you thousands)
    • How IP systems can impact your Building Automation System and network design (and multiple step-by-step processes to solve this problem)
Chapter 4: IT Fundamentals
    • The six IT departments you need to know about (and what they can do for you to make your BAS projects and day to day life easier) 
    • Pros and cons of the four methods for implementing remote access to your BAS (they are  Public IP's, VPN's, VNC, and Modems)
    • Four key concepts around IT (if you understand these four concepts 95% of your IT challenges will be fixed)
    • The truth about cyber security (things aren't as bad as they seem)
Chapter 5: Energy Management
    • The one electrical product that can increase your electrical efficiency by 10% or more (this is missed on almost every controls retrofit project)
    • The three-step approach to managing your facilities energy (I break out how to monitor, control, and conserve energy using your BAS)
Chapter 6: Standards and Organizations
    • Four professional industry organizations (these organizations will connect you with peers, customers, and potential employers)
    • The three ASHRAE standards that are present in every controls job (yet most people don't understand how these standards affect their BAS design)
SECTION 2: THE ART OF BUYING, INSTALLING, AND UPGRADING A BAS
Chapter 7: Procurement
    • The secret of using the bid form to your advantage (don't let price hold you back from getting a value based BAS)
    • The secret of the procurement process (and what actions you should take during each step)
    • Three methods for dealing with cost segmentation (these methods make pricing a win-win for the customer and the contractor)
Chapter 8: Construction fundamentals
    • How to know when to involve the BAS contractor in the construction process (sometimes including the BAS contractor at the beginning of the project is not the best time)
    • The four construction delivery models (choosing the wrong model can mean the difference between a smart building and a dumb one)
  • Why having startup, balancing and commissioning at the same time is a terrible idea (and what you
    • should do instead)
Chapter 9: Upgrading a BAS
    • How to know if you need to upgrade your BAS ( if you don't ask yourself these four questions you could be upgrading a perfectly good system)
    • Why so many upgrade projects fail (and the five planning steps you can take to make sure yours doesn't)
  • Twelve steps that every upgrade project should include ( step number seven, writing out your upgrade plan and how to roll back the upgrade will keep your building running in case something goes wrong)
SECTION 3: AFTER THE TRUCKS LEAVE SUPPORTING YOUR BAS
Chapter 10: Managing A BAS
    • The six tasks that you should use your BAS for (if you don't do task number four you will end up paying thousands of dollars to a BAS contractor to fix your BAS)
    • The step-by-step process to create BAS standards (these steps will guide you through creating a BAS standard even if you've never created one before)
    • The eight troubleshooting steps that you need to know (these steps have saved my customer's thousands of dollars and solved previously unsolvable issues in a matter of hours)
Chapter 11: Managing Service Providers
    • How to know which maintenance program is right for you (sometimes it makes sense to perform maintenance in-house and sometimes it doesn't, knowing which approach is right and when to use it can make the difference between a well-maintained building and a dilapidated quarantine zone)
    • The secret process for inventorying your systems (this secret process can help even the most disorganized sites create detailed systems lists without spending thousands of dollars)
    • The eight tasks I've used to create robust maintenance programs (I've used these eight tasks to turn back the clock on BAS that have not been maintained for years)
Chapter 12: Advanced Maintenance Management
    • How to clearly explain the financial cost and benefit of your maintenance activities (even if you can't show an ROI this process will clearly justify the business value of your maintenance requests)
    • The secret to creating a world-class knowledge database (and how to use this database to train your employees or customers faster, enable your employees or customers to work at multiple different buildings, and retain the knowledge and experience within your organization)
SECTION 4: ADVANCED TOPICS ANALYTICS, IoT, AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION
Chapter 13: Analytics
    • This one step can save you thousands of dollars on your analytics projects (it can also let you know if your BAS can even support analytics in the first place)
    • Implementing analytics is the best way to find problems in your BAS-yes? NO! (you should first use trends to analyze your BAS for issues and then apply analytics strategically, this will help you to avoid analytics overwhelm)
    • The six-step process for implementing analytics (I've used this exact process with several Fortune 100 companies)
Chapter 14: The Internet of Things
    • The three trends that IoT is solving right now (they are edge analytics, machine-to-machine communication, and edge compute but how you use IoT to address these trends is critical)
    • The three problems that you should use IoT for (don't pay a premium for "IoT" products when you don't need them)
    • How to talk like an IoT expert (without going to school for a computer science degree)
Chapter 15: Systems Integration
    • Why you might be paying for integration when all you're getting is interfacing (if all you are doing is pulling one system into another system you are just interfacing and there are products that can do this for you for only a few thousand dollars)
    • My secret process that I use to create reliable, easy to install, and easy to support integrations (with this process I can create integration designs within an hour)
    • The three different levels of systems integration (if you chose the wrong one it will cost you thousands)
    • The four risks of integration (and how you can avoid them)
    • The four steps you must take to keep your integrations working after installation (not doing these steps is why most integrations are put in override after the first year)
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  • A detailed checklist to help you in evaluating building automation systems
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  • A multi-faceted checklist to guide you through detailing out your current IT settings
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My new book Building Automation Systems A to Z comes with my No-Fuss, 1-Year, 100% Money-Back Guarantee. 

By the time you finish this book, you will:

  • Intuitively know the answers to building automation questions  
  • Be the building automation expert that everyone turns to  
  • Execute your building automation integration and upgrade projects, On-time and on-budget 
  • Reduce the amount of equipment failures and control system maintenance for your customers  
  • Increase your income by taking on complex projects and new positions 
  • Know intuitively how to prioritize maintenance tasks and manage building automation systems
(There's a good reason why I have a 100% satisfaction rate and am known as the Building Automation Mentor by my customers!)

"My goal is to help you to take your knowledge of building automation systems to the next level. I believe that anyone can learn building automation systems. You do not need to be an engineer or even a technical person. It is my personal promise that I will teach you building automation systems, no matter where you are in your learning journey. I believe in my new book so much, I am offering a 1-year money back guarantee.  " - Phil Zito

If at any time during your first 365 days of owning this book you feel that I have not provided you the ability to better understand, install, and support building automation systems then simply send an e-mail to Phil@PhilZito.com and I will send you your refund within 3 business days. If you aren't satisfied for any reason, then I do not want to keep your money.
I want to be clear, there are no strings attached with my refund policy. You don't need to fill out a form or answer some questionnaire... and I promise I won't question you or pressure you to try to change your mind. (Just for the record I've got over 191 customers, and have never had a single refund request!)

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So Here's What To Do

Every now and then you experience a choice in your life that will impact everything you do from that moment on, this is one of those choices: 

You can continue with what you’ve been doing to increase your knowledge on building automation systems (or worse, do nothing at all). 

You know where that will lead. Is that really where you want to go?  

Or are you one of the few who will decide they’ve had enough of being just basic and will take a new action, and get a new result.  

So ask yourself, what do you want for yourself?  

If you’ve had enough with the status quo and you want the better way that I’ve shown you is possible then here’s what to do… 

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    • One (1) Copy of the Physical Book (Free shipping inside the US)
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    • Access to over 10+ hours of video
    • Three templates to help you design BAS standards, evaluate BAS solutions, and meet IT requirements
    • A dedicated Facebook group to share ideas and ask questions
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Q  How can I learn BAS from a book?
     This is more than just a book. This is a full learning package. I include an audio book, videos for each chapter, and a private Facebook group where you can ask questions and learn from other BAS professionals.

    In encourage you to look at the testimonials from just a few of my happy customers.
    Q  How do I know  if this  program is for me?
    This program is for those who want to learn the fundamentals of building automation systems. This is not an ASHRAE manual, you won't find complex equations and boring theory.

     You will find the knowledge I've gained over the past decade condensed into entertaining and effective chapters. That are full of checklists, processes, and step-by-step guides to take your knowledge of BAS systems to the next level.
    Q  What does this include?
    This package, exclusively available through my site, includes:
    - A physical copy of the book (BAM Special version only)
    - An electronic copy of the book
    - A copy of the audio book
    - Access to over 15+ hours of videos
    - 3 templates designed to help you deal with BAS standards, evaluations and IT requirements
    Q  I am not a technician is this valuable for me?
    This program was created based on direct feedback from a diverse group including architects, engineers, sales professionals, building owners, and technicians.

    It includes something for everyone and is designed to help you learn how to better estimate, design, implement, and service a Building Automation System.
    Still Have Questions?
    If you still have questions then feel free to reach out to me via e-mail at Phil@philzito.com.
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