ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Building Controls Podcast

In Episode 407 of ControlTalk Now the HVAC and Smart Buildings Podcast talk about using data analytics and AI as a way to make buildings smarter and more energy efficient which ultimately will help save the planet.

  • How data analytics and AI are revolutionizing smart buildings in 2023

    In the world of smart buildings, data analytics, and AI are changing the game. With advanced systems and sensors that collect and analyze data, buildings are becoming smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable. If you want to learn about the latest trends and innovations in smart building technology, we've got you covered.

    In 2023, the use of data analytics and AI is expected to become even more widespread in building management. By leveraging AI algorithms and machine learning, building systems can automatically adjust to changing conditions and optimize energy use. This means lower costs, improved environmental impact, and better overall building performance.

    So how exactly is this technology being used? For starters, smart building sensors can collect a wealth of data on things like temperature, humidity, occupancy, and energy use. This data can then be fed into an AI system, which can analyze patterns and trends to identify areas for improvement. For example, the system might notice that a certain area of the building is consistently too hot, and adjust the temperature accordingly.

    Another way AI is being used in smart buildings is through predictive maintenance. By analyzing data on equipment performance and usage, AI systems can predict when maintenance is needed and alert building managers before issues arise. This can save time and money by preventing downtime and extending the lifespan of the equipment.

    The possibilities for AI and data analytics in smart buildings are truly endless. Whether it's improving energy efficiency, reducing costs, or enhancing occupant comfort, this technology is changing the way we manage buildings. So if you want to stay ahead of the curve in the world of smart building technology, be sure to follow us for more updates and insights.


In Episode 406 of ControlTalk Now we break down the skills a new leader needs in order to lead a team or a company.

My guest this week is Rob Allen. Rob is running the day-to-day operations at my Company, Stromquist & Company.

Rob shares the challenges of leading a group of co-workers that have been in the industry longer than he has, and been working at Stromquist Longer than he has.

Rob’s story is inspiring and provides new leaders with great tips and reminders on the importance of building relationships, being open to feedback, and offering guidance without micromanaging.

He provides a few examples of how he has helped build team camaraderie and trust within the group, which has created an environment that encourages collaboration and learning. Rob also talks about the importance of setting goals, creating a vision, and staying consistent.
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Category:HVAC and Building Automation Controls -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

On Episode 405 of ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Buildings Podcast we dive deep into AI and Virtual Reality and how savvy contractors and building maintenance departments are using these new tools to cut costs and save money. My guests this week are Scott Cochrane and Mike Mitchell from Cochrane Supply. Mike does a live demo, which you can see in this video, and shows us exactly how useful VR can be when installing or troubleshooting a system in a building. Scott and Mike also give us a breakdown of the 2023 Controls Con happening in April.

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Category:HVAC and Building Automation Controls -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

No matter what industry you're in, selling can be a tough gig. But when you're selling complex technical products, it can be even tougher. That's where Joe Chandler comes in. Joe is the Vice President of Sales at Broudy Precision, a leading provider of HVAC and Smart Building Controls solutions. In his more than 20 years in the business, Joe has closed some of the biggest deals in the industry—and he's here to share his secrets.

Find Your Niche 
The first step to becoming a successful technical salesperson is to find your niche. What are you passionate about? What do you know the most about? Once you've answered those questions, you can start to focus your efforts on selling products and solutions within that niche. Not only will this make it easier for you to sell, but you'll also be able to build up a reputation as an expert in your field—which will make it easier to close deals.

Develop New Accounts 
Once you've found your niche, it's time to start developing new accounts. This can be done by attending trade shows and conferences, networking with potential customers and keeping an eye out for newsworthy projects that might need your products or services. And don't forget about social media! Platforms like LinkedIn are great for finding new leads and connecting with potential customers.

Grow Business with Existing Customers 
It's important to nurture your existing relationships as well as develop new ones. After all, it costs five times as much to acquire a new customer as it does to keep an existing one happy. So how do you keep your customers coming back for more? By providing them with excellent customer service, staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends, and offering them competitive pricing—to name just a few things. Offer Time-Tested Tips and Strategies 
If you want to be successful in technical sales, you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve. And luckily for you, Joe Chandler is full of time-tested tips and strategies that can help you win more sales. Here are just a few of his favorites:

- Always be prepared: Before meeting with a prospective customer, make sure you're fully knowledgeable about their specific needs and requirements. The last thing you want is to be caught off guard during a meeting! 
- Be flexible: In the world of technical sales, things can change quickly—and you need to be able to adapt on the fly. Whether it's a change in the product specifications or a last-minute price increase from the manufacturer, being flexible will help you close more deals. 
- Stay organized: A well-organized salesperson is a successful salesperson. Make sure you have all of your ducks in a row before heading into meetings or making calls so that you can focus on closing the deal instead of scrambling around trying to find information. 

By following Joe Chandler's tips for success, you'll be well on your way to becoming a top technical salesperson in no time! So what are you waiting for? Start putting these tips into practice today and watch your business grow by leaps and bounds.

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Category:HVAC and Building Automation Controls -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT