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BACnet International followers benefit from this electronic monthly publication, Cornerstones.  This publication is disseminated to members of the BACnet community, connecting corporate, integrator, site, student and individual end users.

Cornerstones is a unique publication because it speaks not only to the engineer and contractor communities, but also to facility professionals, building managers and owners, and other personnel.

This is where you come in. We need you to connect! If there is a best practice, 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 Erin Hall, BACnet International's communications and community manager.

Success1Connect With Success
Glens Falls Hospital
Glens Falls, New York

The Challenge
  • Upgrade, simplify and establish internal control over building automation
  • Reduce energy consumption and costs; improve physical plant's efficiency with a single platform for mechanical systems
  • Improve patient comfort
  • Complete control retrofit and mechanical upgrades with no disruption to hospital operations or level of patient care

The Players

Founded in 1897, Glens Falls Hospital is a 410-bed acute care facility serving a six-county region in upstate New York. The 1 million sq. ft. complex includes a six-floor (plus basement) patient tower, completed in 2006, and a five-floor medical arts building with cancer treatment and outpatient surgical centers.

Over the past two decades, Glens Falls Hospital's building automation had grown into a tangle of three distinct control systems which were poorly integrated and documented. The new patient tower had not been properly commissioned; hospital staff had received little to no training; and with the vendor maintaining proprietary control, "Maintenance was incredibly frustrated with the operating system," noted Jeremy McDonald, P.E., principal at Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineers.

The Solution

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We would like to invite you to take part in our Global Roadshow. Spanning from 2014 through 2015, the Global Roadshow celebrates the 10th DIN EN ISO anniversary and the 20th ANSI anniversary of the BACnet standard. The event focuses on the benefits of BACnet for sustainable buildings in terms of construction, retrofitting and the integration in smart grids. It includes a state-of-the-art exhibition and provides the latest information about: 
  • Open communication in building automation
  • Development of standardization
  • Interoperability of BACnet devices
  • BTL Listing and European Certification
  • BACnet vendors and suppliers

The Roadshow will be a decisive meeting point for BACnet users in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. One Road Show goal is to increase the global awareness for BACnet. We will introduce the newest capabilities of building management systems and demonstrate the benefits of BACnet applications.

We are looking forward to meeting you at one of the Roadshow locations. Click here for more information about the BACnet Global Roadshow.





May 5th, 2015 Sao Paulo Brazil

Europe - Middle East - Africa
Jun 2nd, 2015 Abu Dhabi UAE
Jun 9th, 2015 Warsaw Poland
Jun 16th, 2015 Berlin Germany

Asia Pacific
Nov 5th, 2015 Pune India
Nov 12th, 2015 Singapore
Nov 19th, 2015 Beijing China
Nov 26th, 2015 Tokyo Japan 
Learn more about and register for the upcoming Road Show in Seattle by clicking here.  
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From publications to presentations, BACnet International has a variety of educational resources for your use. Click here to catch up on presentations you missed, read a recent publication or review a white paper.

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BACnet International Welcomes New Staff Member

On March 18, 2015, BACnet International welcomed a new communications and community manager, Erin Hall.

A proven leader with expertise in strategic marketing, social media, membership retention and recruitment, government advocacy, publication management, writing, editing and website maintenance, Hall comes to BACnet International from Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia (BOMA Georgia), where she spent five-and-a-half years as the organization's director of communications and advocacy. Prior to BOMA, Hall served as the director of communications and public relations at National Association Management Group, LLC (NAMG, LLC).

Hall looks forward to leveraging her experience to assist BACnet International in realizing its strategic and operational goals.

"I like to think I have strengths in several competency areas, but the attribute I am most proud of is my ability to relate to others through genuine discussion and the discovery of common goals," Hall said.

Hall is a 2005 graduate of Auburn University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. She has been married to her husband Pat since 2009. They have one daughter, Piper, and two dogs, Lenny and Daisy. Hall enjoys Auburn athletics, reading, music, swimming and spending time with her family.

You can reach Hall at erin@bacnetinternational.org.


BACnet Interest Group Europe welcomes Reliable Controls

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce its membership in the BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU).

The BIG-EU is the European trade association for the application of the global BACnet standard ISO 16484-5. BACnet is the only vendor-independent communication protocol that is specifically designed for building automation.

This new membership was announced by the BIG-EU in March 2015, welcoming Reliable Controls and proclaiming the company's way to global interoperability.

Click here to read the entire release.



CBRE to purchase Johnson Controls' Global WorkPlace Solutions business for $1.475 billion

Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) announced today it has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of its Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business to CBRE Group, Inc., for $1.475 billion. The company announced its intentions to divest the GWS business in September 2014 as part of its strategy to invest in product businesses that are core to its multi-industrial portfolio and growth objectives.

The agreement includes a 10-year strategic relationship between the two companies. Johnson Controls will be the preferred provider of HVAC equipment, building automation systems and related services to the 5 billion sq. ft. portfolio of real estate and corporate facilities managed globally by CBRE and GWS. The agreement provides Johnson Controls with new channels for its offerings and when fully operational is expected to generate up to $500 million of annual incremental revenue for the Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business.

"This agreement with CBRE is a great step for both companies that will allow each of us to build upon our core strengths to create new sources of value for our customers. GWS is a natural fit with CBRE's offerings, and together they will strategically take the business forward," said Alex Molinaroli, chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls. "In addition, the new strategic partnership provides another new, strong channel for Johnson Controls to serve CBRE and its clients around the world with our full portfolio of buildings technologies and services."

Click here to read the entire release.  



EIS Acquires Connect-Air International, Inc.

EIS, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), has acquired Connect-Air International, Inc. headquartered in Seattle, WA from Wincove Capital. Connect-Air is a leading North American specialty distributor of low-voltage wire and cable used in critical building applications, primarily HVAC (heating, ventilations and air-conditioning), security and fire alarm systems. Connect-Air services the United States from seven sales offices and warehouses across the country.


Bob Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of EIS, said, "We are very pleased to bring Connect-Air International into our Genuine Cable Group and the EIS family. Connect-Air is one of the most successful distributors in the markets they serve and their team has built a tremendous business since 1978. This acquisition will open a new segment of business building opportunity for the Genuine Cable Group and EIS".


Click here to read the entire release


Contemporary Controls Celebrates 40 Years of Business by
Offering Free Technical Book

2015 marks Contemporary Controls' 40th year of designing and manufacturing network automation products. This is a true American success story considering that Contemporary Controls, an international company, began in the basement of the Founder and President of the Company, George Thomas. To help celebrate the 40th Anniversary, Contemporary Controls has published Network Communications for Buildings from a collection of articles from their Extension and Essentials technical newsletters.


All articles are updated and relevant with the latest information on network technology, applications and theory of network communications. Visit www.ccontrols.com/ncb to download your FREE copy.


"I have always had a strong interest to help educate the industry. As we reflect on 40 years, we cannot help but admire the technological changes that have influenced both the automation systems we produce as well as how companies are now doing business. We have witnessed the migration from standalone controllers to fieldbus-networked controllers to IP-based network controllers. The open-systems ovement has helped companies participate in markets once dominated by larger companies with their proprietary systems. The building automation market is a great example with technologies such as BACnet, Modbus and Ethernet for all to use," states George Thomas.


Click here to read the entire release.  

Have some company news to share with the BACnet International Community? Contact BACnet International Communications and Community Manager Erin Hall today.  


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BTL Certification is Awarded to Carlo Gavazzi's SB2WEB24

Carlo Gavazzi's SB2WEB24 BACnet gateway has received the European BTL Certification as "BACnet application specific controller". The controller has gone through rigorous testing relating to its BACnet functionality and has now been approved and listed by BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) ensuring that the device meets the BACnet standard.


Carlo Gavazzi's SB2WEB24 is a configurable BACnet gateway which converts smart Dupline Modules, smart Dupline Signals and Energy Meter data points to BACnet objects.


Carlo Gavazzi's SB2WEB24 is a configurable BACnet gateway which converts smart Dupline Modules, smart Dupline Signals and Energy Meter data points to BACnet objects. The Carlo Gavazzi Dupline smart building system 2 wire-bus provides many advantages in building automation installations. Unlike RS485 based solutions, Dupline can be wired using free topology for the cable including ring, star etc., the cable does not need to be screened or twisted and it can be run next to power cables without fear or interference. Many of the field devices are powered by the bus itself, which simplifies the installation removing the need for additional power supplies.


Click here to read the entire release.



Sierra Monitor Corporation Announces Distribution Partnership With Kele, Inc.
Sierra Monitor Corporation (OTCQB: SRMC), provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets, today announced a distribution partnership with Kele, a leading distributor of Building Automation System (BAS) products. Sierra Monitor's FieldServer BACnet Router FS-Router-BAC is now available for purchase from Kele's on-line catalog.

The FieldServer BACnet Router has been certified by the BACnet Testing laboratory (BTL), having successfully passed the Protocol Revision 12 router tests. The product is the first one in its class to pass the new Protocol Revision 12 tests.  


Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Kele, Inc. has grown over thirty years to become a global building automation specialty company. With over 800,000 products in-stock from over 300 manufacturers and superior technical support, the company is a trusted "one-source" supplier to contractors and engineers working on any BAS project.


Product Manager Andy Lin at Kele said, "We are very excited to be partnering with Sierra Monitor to bring their FieldServer networking solutions to Kele's customer base. FieldServer is a well-known quality brand and their product development philosophy of making it easy for system integration fits the Kele core value. The FieldServer BACnet router is a very good example of making it easy with simple and useful features such as dual RS-485 ports to handle more BACnet devices and a one-click DeviceFind™ feature to discover all BACnet devices on the network. This router is also the first standalone BACnet router certified by BACnet International. The BTL mark ensures the highest standard for BACnet integration and takes the guess work out during commissioning in the field. We are looking to expand the range of FieldServer networking products we offer to include other protocols, and we look forward to a successful partnership for both companies." 


Click here to read the entire release.


Have some product news to share with the BACnet International Community? Contact BACnet International Communications and Community Manager Erin Hall today.
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