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The BACnet International community benefits from Cornerstones, the organization's electronic month publication. 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
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, United States

Nearly 15 years ago, the first BACnet project was installed at The Ohio State University by Building Control Integrators (BCI). The project, known as Evans Laboratory, was "live" to the world via BACnet/IP in early September of 2000. Since then, BACnet has become the adopted control's standard for the university. The original project included three main BACnet panels, manufactured by Delta Controls, with only 128 total inputs and outputs. Today, there are approximately 150,000 physical points throughout 65 facilities. It sounds simple enough, but this is not a "conventional" collection of I/O. The OSU BACnet network is currently comprised of 19 different vendors with connectivity to multiple system types.

For OSU, BACnet has become the catalyst for advancing controls beyond the traditional front. For instance, the university currently uses BACnet to monitor and/or control non HVAC/Lighting systems such as generator banks, laboratory rooms, critical patient rooms, fire alarms, air quality, power consumption, clock systems and so forth.

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BACnet Testing Laboratories Working Group (BTL-WG) Seeking New Member Nominations

BACnet International is looking for nominations of one voting member to serve on the BTL-WG. The BTL-WG provides oversight and guidance to the BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL). The BTL is responsible for the technical aspects of the BACnet International's testing and listing activities, the central goal of which is to improve BACnet interoperability between building automation products. Qualification Requirements are as follows:
  1. Employee of a BACnet International Corporate member; active participation in the BTL-WG teleconferences and meetings.
  2. No current BTL-WG voting members from the same company (Alerton, Schneider, ALC, Honeywell, Reliable, Siemens, Sauter already have voting members whose terms are ongoing).
  3. All nominations received by Friday, May 29, 2015 will be considered.

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 is 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. During Road Show events, the newest capabilities of building management systems will be introduced and the benefits of BACnet applications will be demonstrated.

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


Upcoming Stops   


Europe - Middle East - Africa
June 2nd, 2015 Abu Dhabi UAE
June 9th, 2015 Warsaw Poland
June 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 
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CABA "Intelligent Buildings and Big Data" Executive Summary Available to Members

Thanks in part to BACnet International's sponsorship and support of Continental Automated Buildings Association's "Intelligent Buildings and Big Data" Research Study, members of BACnet International are being given access to the study's executive summary at no cost. To download the summary of this comprehensive study, click here.

Additionally, a discount on the full report will soon be offered to BACnet International members. Please stay tuned for additional details on this exciting opportunity.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Erin Hall at BACnet International.


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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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The Global Roadshow's Opening Event in Seattle Offered Insightful Presentations

BACnet is more than ever the global lead to reliable investments in building automation. With a yearly growth of 20 percent over the last five years the number of registered BACnet vendors exceeded the 800 mark. That was made evident at the opening event of the BACnet Global Roadshow on April 21 in Seattle. The next stops are taking place in Abu Dhabi (June 2), Warsaw (June 9) and Berlin (June 16). The last stretch will be in India, China, Singapore and Japan in the fall.


Lyle Bicknell, planner of the city of Seattle, and John Ringness from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) presented the requirements of smart and efficient buildings.  Steve Bushby, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) highlighted the role of BACnet for the governments' energy concepts. Future directions were reported by the chairman of the BACnet Standardizing Committee (ASHRAE-SSPC 135), Carl Neilson.


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ME BACnet to Focus on Building Automation 


BACnet International, an industry association that oversees the implementation of BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems, is continuing its next leg of its Global Roadshow in the UAE.

Slated for June 2, 2015, the event will take place at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi. The half-day conference will tackle the rising opportunities in building automation in the wake of the region's recent surge in construction projects and building retrofits. 

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Advancing Building Automation Systems Through Integrated Data Communications

Energy efficiency blossoms when building control systems adopt the same user interface.

In Part 1 of a continuing series, author Ed Ritchie discusses BACnet's data communications protocol and network solutions toward the integration of building automation systems. Our author explores business energy advantages in improved energy efficiency with a higher return on investment when facility managers adopt this widely-recognized standard among communication protocols. Follow Ritchie's in-depth series as he explores many advantages of BACnet and technology solutions for building automation and control systems.

A New Era of Energy Efficiency (Part 1)
By Ed Ritchie


BACnet protocol allows HVAC control, lighting control, access control, fire detection systems, and other associated equipment to all speak the same language.


Products and services for building automation systems that save energy are entering a new era as the technology evolves in performance and sophistication. But with so many offerings, the age-old problem of compatibility and integration can short circuit savings and efficiency gains. Yet, there is a solution that all building and facility managers should be aware of. It's called BACnet, a data communication protocol for building automation and control networks. Essentially, we're talking about software code, so what does that mean to the choice and use of building automation systems and related products?  


Well, about 75 words on BACnet's history should lay the groundwork, and then we'll talk to some industry experts to see how you can benefit from this standard and why it's so important to maximizing energy savings and efficiency.


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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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KMC Announces KMC Conquest BACnet Router

KMC Controls, a leader in building automation systems, today announced the upcoming release of its new KMC Connect™ configuration utility for the KMC Conquest™ line of BACnet® direct digital controllers.

The software allows for fast, simplified configuration of KMC Conquest controllers via enhanced selection menus and wizards. An application library built into Connect uses a three-step wizard to allow technicians to search and select the appropriate pre-configured application for a given job, specify which devices should have which application, and then automatically match the applications to the devices.

The release of KMC Connect coincides with KMC's launch of its new Conquest line of BACnet direct digital controllers and appliances designed to connect building automation systems to the Internet of Things (IoT). The new suite of products provides system integrators and building owners with open, scalable, secure building automation solutions from a single building to enterprise-level installations.


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SMART-Space Controller™: Programmed Empowerment         

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of revision E of the SMART-Space Controller (SSC), which adds new features and improvements to existing features.


The core new features include: 


  • An on-board 0-2000 ppm optional CO2 sensor
  • An expanded Control BASIC programming space, increased from 1000 bytes to 2000 bytes per program
  • Latching relays, which allows both AC and DC loads to be switched
  • Next generation microprocessor
  • A Hand/Off/Auto (HOA) feature allows outputs to be controlled from the buttons and display
  • Support for new Control BASIC functions (RAMP and FLOAT)
  • A new end-of-line slide switch supports manual points reporting.

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 FieldServer EZ Gateway Modbus to BACnet

The Quick and Easy Modbus to BACnet Solution


The EZ Gateway Modbus to BACnet (FS-EZX-MOD-BAC) is an easy-to-use, high-performance building and industrial automation protocol gateway for integrators to interface Modbus devices, such as power meters, flow meters, and other Modbus-based controllers, to BACnet networks in commercial buildings, campuses, and industrial facilities. The EZ Gateway supports up to 500 data points and can connect various flavors of Modbus to BACnet, including:

  •    Modbus RTU
  •    Modbus TCP/IP
  •    BACnet/IP
  •    BACnet MS/TP


The EZ Gateway is the quick and easy solution to a system integrator's Modbus to BACnet integration needs. With the EZ Gateway, the integrator or contractor does not need to be a protocol expert to connect any Modbus device to a BACnet system using either BACnet protocol.


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Automated Logic, Onity Partner to Create New Intelligent Hospitality Solution

With a new integration module from Automated Logic Corporation (ALC), hotels with Onity room thermostats can use the WebCTRL® building automation system as a total building management solution to manage guest comfort. ALC, a leading provider of innovative building automation systems, and Onity, a provider of energy management solutions in hospitality, are parts of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).


WebCTRL currently manages heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, security, fire and lighting systems - all through a single user interface. By integrating directly with Onity thermostats in guest rooms, the Onity integration module allows the WebCTRL system to manage the equipment in the entire facility through a single user interface.


"We're excited to offer this increased functionality through our industry-leading solutions," said Kelly A. Romano, president, Americas, Intelligent Building Technologies, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. "This integration demonstrates how we find innovative ways to intelligently connect our products and create greater value for our customers."


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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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