December 2015

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Bank of the West
Fargo, ND, USA

 The project was a retrofit of an office tower occupied by Bank of the West, a financial services company.

Built in 1973, the building features a glass facade, and is 10 stories above ground.

Bank of the West was looking to achieve control over their system from one location and to be able to view a graphics display of all of their equipment in operation. They also wanted trending and alarming reports. The EC-NetAX web-based building management platform was used to achieve multi-site integration and for the ability to integrate with existing control and terminal equipment. ECB BACnet Series controllers were used for HVAC control.

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Welcome to the newest edition of Cornerstones enewsletter. The BACnet International community benefits from information and education shared through Cornerstones, the organization's monthly electronic 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.

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Call for Ads: Journal Issue 11

The next BACnet International Journal will be published in time to appear at the 2016 AHR Expo. This edition will provide a unique overview of the best and most current BACnet applications and product lines to project planners, buyers and facility managers. The theme of issue 11 is "BACnet Drives Innovation."

The Journal is targeted to the 60,000 Expo visitors and 2,000 exhibitors in Orlando. It will be distributed in the magazine stands at the main entrance, in the press center and inside the Building Automation Showcase at the BACnet International booth (#1042). And, of course, BACnet International will send electronic versions of the Journal to members and will post the digital Journal to the association website.

Additionally, as a BACnet International member, you have the great opportunity to help improve your company's business position with cost-effective advertising.
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You're Invited: 2016 AHR Expo

Join BACnet International in Booth 1042 at the 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando!

Get more done in less time at the world's largest HVACR marketplace! The AHR Expo will put on display over 400,000 square feet (that's about 9 football fields) of exhibits from nearly 2,000 companies representing every segment of the HVACR industry.

See what's new
The AHR Expo is all about helping attendees find better, faster, smarter, cleaner and more efficient ways to get things done. At each Show, hundreds of products are introduced to the market that have never been seen before, and every company is showcasing the very latest technology available.

Get face-to-face
Even with all our modern communication tools, nothing can take the place of seeing and comparing equipment and services in person. At the Show, you can get the information you need directly from the experts, and build relationships with suppliers.

Learn and grow
There are many educational options at the AHR Expo. The ASHRAE Learning Institute offers full-day and half-day for-credit courses. In addition, there are many shorter classes provided by a wide variety of industry Associations. Finally, exhibiting companies have the opportunity to make short presentations of the latest products in the New Product and Technology Theater. 
Show Dates & Hours 
Monday, Jan. 25  
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26   
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center 
North/South Building  
9800 International Drive  
Orlando, Florida 32819  
(Show entrance is on the south side)
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NFMT Orlando Presentations Now Available

Did you miss out on BACnet International's educational track at NFMT Orlando? Or perhaps you want to relive the best educational moments?

Visit BACnet's International's Video Room for all the conference presentations.


Educational Resources

From publications to presentations, BACnet International has a variety of educational resources for your use.

Click here to catch up on presentations you missed, review a white paper or read the latest issues of Foundations or the BACnet International Journal.
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SUCCESS: China's BACnet Golden Week 

BACnet Golden Week was held successfully Nov. 16-20 in Shenzhen, China. It was hosted by the National Technical Committee 426 on Digital Technique of Intelligent Building and Residence Community of Standardization Administration of China (SAC/TC426); supported by BACnet International, BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU), BACnet Interest Group China and Asia (BIG-CA), ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter and ASHRAE Region XIII; and organized by the Instrumentation Technology and Economy Institute (ITEI). The event included a BACnet Forum, BACnet training and BACnet Plug Fest.
The first event, the BACnet Forum, was held on Nov.16. The keynote speakers were: BACnet International President Andy McMillian; Chairman of ASHRAE SSPC 135 Bernhard Isler; BIG-CA Chairman Douglas Chan; Immediate Past Chairman of BACnet International Raymond Rae; ASHRAE Region XIII Chairman Edward Tsui; ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter Chairman Dr. C S Wong; Shenzhen Intelligent City Research Association Chairman Li Lin; and ITEI Vice Chief Engineer Li Yumin. These individuals shared their experience on BACnet development in China and abroad, BACnet standard updates, the latest on BACnet application in the buildings, and BACnet testing and certification details.

The forum closed with an active Q&A session between keynote speakers and the participants. Many consider this the highlight of the event.

The second event, BACnet training, was held on Nov. 17. BACnet expert Zhou Hong was joined by Isler to instruct this event. Attendees for this training included 31 engineers from more than 10 companies related to BACnet products, as well as the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of Hong Kong Government (EMSD-HK). 
Finally, the BACnet PlugFest was held on Nov.18 and 19. Hong was consulting this event, and the five participating companies--Delta, HMS, PcVue, Shanghai Jingjie and Siemens--brought the full line of BACnet devices from B-AWS to B-SS for testing. 
The unique offerings from this 3-in-1 event proved to be highly successful and well-received. Over 70 percent of the participants returned the forum evaluation forms, and all the trainees at the training event indicated interest for future training. Sixteen companies handed in the BIG-CA membership application for review and approval. These metrics prove that BACnet Golden Week will be something all industry professionals should have on their calendars year after year. Thank you to everyone who made this event an incredible success.


BACnet International Association Manger Honored by Association Industry Organization
On Dec. 9, BACnet International Association Manager Natalie Nardone, CAE, CMP, was awarded the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) Skelton-Massey Award which recognizes a member who consistently and successfully supports and sponsors new members, strengthening GSAE in size and effectiveness. Nardone's impact on the people and organizations she comes in contact with is impressive. Join us in congratulating Natalie on this well-deserved award!   


Catch Up with New Members

2015 has been a busy and success year for BACnet International. The association has welcomed 20 new corporate members (to date) and seen membership upgrades with three companies. This marks tremendous growth for BACnet International, and is a sign of a healthy and strong

We want to thank all of our members for supporting the association and contributing to the awareness and success of BACnet protocol. Don't forget to check out our news room to learn more about our newest members. 


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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Distech Controls' ECLYPSE and ENVYSION for Consulting Engineers

Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, has introduced an IP-based HVAC control and monitoring solution set to empower consulting engineers: the ECLYPSE™ Connected IP and Wi-Fi Product Series, and ENVYSION responsive, web-based design and visualization interface.

BACnet Building Controller listed, the ECLYPSE controller series provides BACnet/IP, wired and wireless IP connectivity. It includes a modular Connected System Controller, Connected VAV Controller, and Connected VAV Controller with PoE. Meanwhile, Distech Controls' ENVYSION delivers the art and science of actionable visual knowledge and a powerful user experience. Combined, the ECLYPSE Connected IP and Wi-Fi product series and ENVYSION provide consulting engineers with multiple benefits, including: convergence based on trusted, open standards, improved BMS performance, enhanced user experience, and advanced security.

A key advantage of this Distech Controls offering is that it enables convergence based on open standards. With ECLYPSE, consulting engineers have access to products that are based on proven standards that they can rely on: BACnet/IP, powered by Android, and IT standards including wired IP and Wi-Fi.

The ECLYPSE Connected IP and Wi-Fi product series also provides improved BMS performance. The IP backbone of the ECLYPSE Connected IP and Wi-Fi product series provides increased bandwidth and speed, enabling the handling of large amounts of data, advanced analytics and increased trend logs. Data collection and analysis allow consulting engineers to identify system outliers and capitalize on opportunities for system optimization.

Read more here.


WattStopper's Lighting Controls Solution Wins 2015 Architectural Products Magazine Award

WattStopper®, a leading manufacturer of energy efficient lighting controls for commercial and residential use, today announced that it received the 2015 Architectural Products magazine Product Innovation Award (PIA) in the Lighting/Electrical category. WattStopper was awarded this top accolade for the product design and functionality of its Wireless Exterior Lighting Controls solution.

This is the second PIA award WattStopper has received from the publication. The first award was given in 2012 for its Digital Lighting Management solution, named best lighting control system in the Lighting/Electrical category.
Architectural Products magazine is the U.S. national trade publication for architects, specifiers, designers and building owners/operators in commercial, light commercial and institutional markets.

The publication's awards program, now in its fifth year, recognizes a wide variety of innovative buildings-related products. Winners were judged by a group of 32 independent industry professionals.

WattStopper Exterior Lighting Controls allow facility managers to schedule and remotely manage outdoor lighting, as well as take action if faults occur based on real-time energy reporting. The solution is ideal for a wide range of commercial site, parking, pathway and roadway lighting. It delivers substantial energy and cost savings by up to 39 percent via automation and remote management of lighting. Built on open standards, including 6LoWPAN and BACnet, it ensures maximum flexibility for outdoor lighting control and integration with existing systems. Per a judge's comment, "If we can't have universal controls, then having a control system like this that can control many manufacturers' lighting products is next best." 

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AHR Preview: Sierra Monitor Corporation 

Ken Sinclair from talks to Varun Nagaraj, President and CEO of Sierra Monitor Corporation, about the company's offering at the 2016 AHR Expo, Booth #1159.

Sinclair:  Can you remind me what Sierra Monitor (SMC) exhibited at last year's AHR Expo?

Nagaraj: Last year, we focused on highlighting our FieldServer protocol gateway solutions as the Swiss Army knife for system integrators. We also debuted our BTL Certified BACnet Router at the time and highlighted its ease-of-use features, such as DeviceFind™ and its 2 RS-485 ports.

Sinclair:  From the last interview about half a year ago, you talked about Sierra Monitor being involved with the IIoT and cloud solutions through the FieldServer product line. Does this hold true today?

Nagaraj: Yes, as you know, we've always been a strong player in the building automation space with FieldServer gateways and routers that can translate more than 140 protocol languages. With over 200,000 FieldServers installed in commercial and industrial facilities worldwide, we have realized that is a very good and strategic vantage point for us. FieldServer is the perfect on-ramp to the IIoT and cloud.

Sinclair:  Is this what you will be exhibiting at the 2016 AHR Expo?

Nagaraj: Along with exhibiting our FieldServer gateways and routers, we will also be introducing something we call the "SMC Device Cloud." The SMC Device Cloud is a "point-of-presence," or "PoP." If you remember back in the internet service provider days, there was the concept of the PoP, where a PoP is a place where things in the field got together. Relating back to our FieldServer line, what we're talking about now is our gateways and routers that are scattered across the planet all essentially speaking back to a central cloud authority - registering themselves, sharing information back and forth, and getting the latest firmware upgrades. This SMC Device Cloud is what we're bringing to market as our cloud solution, and we will be exhibiting this at the Expo.

Sinclair: Will the SMC Device Cloud compete with other clouds, such as Salesforce, Microsoft Azure, Google, Oracle, and so on?
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