Cornerstones Logo


In This Issue
Connect With Success
Connect With Building Automation Community
Connect With BACnet Community News
Connect In Cornerstones

Connect with BACnet International 

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

View our profile on LinkedIn 

Quick Links

BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) 


BTL Listings 


Product Catalog 


Join Our Mailing List

Platinum Members




Schneider Electric   

Gold Members

Airtek International



Control Solutions Inc.



Reliable Controls

ITT Residential & Commercial Water   


Silver Members















Carel S.p.A.





















  Greystone Energy Systems







Mitsubishi Electric Corporation






Corporate Affiliate Members








Integrator Members  

Building Technology Systems Ltd.







Success1Connect With Success

Reliable Controls® HQ Annex  

Victoria, BC, Canada


The Reliable Controls® HQ Annex is a naturally ventilated LEED Platinum targeted facility, designed to operate using 50% less energy than the ASHRAE 90.1(1999) standard. LEED points were achieved in part through an extensive bioswale at the center of the structure's stormwater management and soil erosion strategy. 99% of all construction waste was diverted from landfill or incinerators, and the building consumes 60% less potable water than a
baseline building.

The building is naturally ventilated by 57 trickle vents, which modulate and temper the natural flow of air into the building though a heating/cooling coil and damper. In winter, air is drawn from the building by an extraction fan with heat recovery. In summer and the shoulder seasons, a wind tower drives ventilation, using modulating dampers that open or close according to the wind direction and speed. When necessary, hot water or chilled water is generated by two air source heat pumps, and delivered to the trickle vents and radiant floor. Lighting consists of modulating fluorescent fixtures with wireless control and daylight harvesting, as well as LED lighting. BACnet integration of the HVAC, lighting, and security systems allows occupied comfort settings to be enabled on a per occupant basis, triggered by unique security cards. Individual control of temperature, light, blinds, and occupancy is provided via LAN or wireless access from any computer or mobile device.


Click here to read the full Success Story 


BACnet Manufacturers: Reliable Controls 


Click here to view all BACnet Success Stories, or to submit your company's for publication.    

Connect With Opportunity
BACnet International 2014 Award Nominations Are Open

Join BACnet International in recognizing outstanding achievements of individuals and companies in the BACnet International community. BACnet International awards are intended to allow BACnet International members to recognize and celebrate the hard work, commitment and accomplishments of its members.

Award categories include:

All nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, August 26. Click here for more information, and to submit your nomination. 


 2015 AHR Expo Call For Proposals

BACnet International is looking for standouts in the industry to participate in the BACnet International education track at AHR Expo January 26-28, 2015 in Chicago, IL. If you have a presentation (or an idea for a presentation!) in which you can share your BACnet expertise, please contact by Friday, August 15, 2014.
Connect With the Building Automation Community
 Exhibit At The 2015 AHR Expo

Make plans today to exhibit at the 2015 AHR Expo: The World's Largest HVACR Marketplace. The Show brings together over 1,900 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors, representing the entire spectrum of the industry including: HVACR manufacturers, engineers, contractors, OEMs, facility managers, and other professionals. In addition, you'll find over 100 educational seminars, workshops (presented by ASHRAE and others) and new product presentations. If you're looking to keep up with the latest technology and trends, get face to face with the experts, and stay connected - then the AHR Expo is designed for you. For more information and to reserve your exhibit place, please click here.
Connect With BACnet Community News

News Releases

American Auto Matrix
For more information about American Auto-Matrix,
please click here.

An Introduction to Auto-Flow® Lab and Fume Hood Controls

The "Do You Know Auto-Flow?" series is a look into the world of Auto-Flow, the Critical Environments line of Lab & Fume Hood Controls from American Auto-Matrix®.

Throughout the course of this series, we will discuss features of the laboratory space including fume hoods, pressure transmitters & sensors, along with detailing various methods of measuring airflow and face velocity. We will talk about energy saving features, help you become familiar to the laboratory space, and highlight major benefits that Auto-Flow can provide in installation and usage, to both installers and end users.

In this video, Director of Business Development Rocky Moore highlights two common methodologies for controlling fume hood face velocity, as well as three core components of a typical fume hood installation.

To view all the available BACnet fume hood configuration options, click here to view the Auto-Flow BACnet® Fume Hood Applications & Options PDF.
Please click here for more information about Distech Controls

Distech Controls Ranks No. 279 on the 2014 PROFIT 500

Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, today announced that the company has ranked 279th in the 2014 PROFIT 500 by Canadian Business and PROFIT, the definitive ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies. Based on five-year revenue growth, the PROFIT 500 profiles the country's most successful growth companies.
The widely recognized PROFIT 500 is a particularly significant ranking, as it compares Canadian companies across all industries. With an increase in revenues of 196 percent from 2008 to 2013, Distech Controls is proud to figure amongst Canada's crème de la crème.

Over these past five years, Distech Controls remarkable sales growth was achieved by remaining at the forefront of innovation with its building automation and energy efficiency solutions. The company's strategic acquisitions, key investments, and international expansion have further amplified this growth, securing the company's ranking in the latest edition of PROFIT 500.

"The members of the PROFIT 500 are the elite of the country's entrepreneurial community," says James Cowan, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Business and PROFIT. "Their stories are lessons in business strategy, innovation, management excellence and sheer tenacity."

To read entire release, please click here.

For more information about The S4 Group, please click here.

ControlTalk Interview - N2 GURUs

Steve Jones, Managing Partner of The S4 Group, was recently interviewed for a ControlTalk segment by Eric Stromquist and Kenneth Smyers, co-creators of ControlTrends, an online HVAC training and information portal and great place to learn and share information about the rapidly changing world of commercial and industrial controls. During the interview, the ControlTrends team hit Steve with wide ranging topics including the integration process, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and open building systems, along with the influence that the S4 Open technology has had on the industry.  Several questions concerned the benefits of using a gateway in integration and the particular advantages of using the S4 Open: BACnet-N2 router instead of other products.

Click here to hear the interview. 
Connect With BACnet Community News

Product Releases

For more information about Distech Controls, please click here

Smart Room Control Named 2014 Money-Saving
Product Winner

Selected by BUILDINGS Magazine's editorial team, Distech Controls' Smart Room Control solution is an integrated, synergetic solution for HVAC, Lighting, and Shades/Sunblind control. Allowing occupants to adjust temperature, lighting and shade settings in the room, Distech Controls' offering strikes a unique balance between personalized comfort and savings. Occupants can achieve their desired level of comfort, while automated sequences allow for improved indoor environmental quality. In addition, automated presence detection and schedules ensure optimized energy efficiency once spaces become unoccupied.

From energy, operational, and installation savings to employee productivity, there are numerous ways in which the Smart Room Control solution can assist facilities managers with saving money. The Smart Room Control solution dramatically reduces energy wastage and missed opportunities for energy savings. In fact, a study at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Germany demonstrated that a synergistic room control solution results in savings in excess of 30% on HVAC and up to 60% on lighting.

Every day, facilities managers have to handle complaints as productively as possible. That is why the Smart Room Control solution is the answer: greater personalized comfort, and an increased return on investment. This solution allows for a more comfortable working environment for occupants, greater tenant retention and cost savings for building owners, and overall success and satisfaction for facilities managers. For more information and to read the entire press release, please click here.
For more information about The S4 Group please click here.

Controlco Is Now a Distributor Of S4 Open Products

The S4 Group is proud to have Controlco as our newest distributor. Controlco is a premier distributor of automation systems and solution provider for a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial clients. With state-of-the-art products and a full suite of value-added services, they offer the total service for solutions that help customers reach even the most ambitious business goals. Since 1958, Controlco, and their affiliates, have provided hundreds of clients with a thorough offering of controls, instrumentation, and software to suit their needs. They offer carefully selected products and the utmost in experience to ensure the product is installed and working as designed.

Controlco partners with leading commercial and industrial HVAC control manufacturers to provide solutions to almost any HVAC control or energy management problem. Their staff has countless hours of field experience and factory training that provides them with the ability to recommend product, troubleshoot or cross-reference old or obsolete controls and is capable of providing technical support and training to solution for any automation needs. To read more, please click here.
Connect With Resources

Click on the image to download Introduction to BACnet For Building Owners and Engineers


Click on the image to download the most recent edition of BACnet International Journal


Click on the image to download the most recent edition of Foundations

Connect in Cornerstones
BACnet International followers benefit from an electronic monthly publication called Cornerstones.  This publication will go to members of the BACnet community, connecting corporate, integrator, site, student and individual end-users. Cornerstones is a unique publication in that we speak not only to engineering and contractor communities, but also to the facility professionals, managers, owners and beyond.

This is where you come in. Connect.
If there is a best practice article, company news, product news or BACnet Success Stories you want to share, please send them to us.  And don't leave out the photos!  All submissions should be sent to