January 2016
In This Issue
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.
Join BACnet International at AHR in Booth 1042!

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. Also, among the high-quality educational options at the AHR Expo, BACnet International will offer a focused BACnet track. Topics presented include:
  • BACnet-based BAS Essentials for Facility Managers, Construction Managers and Utility Managers
  • Extending BACnet to the Cloud
  • Lighting Control Integration into BEMS/BAS : Opportunities and Challenges
  • Unify your Building and Reduce Energy Consumption with BACnet
  • Mobility Solutions for BACnet Work Station Operators
  • BACnet Basics
  • Trying to Determine BACnet Conformance? "Native" Doesn't Tell the Story! 

AHR Expo Locaiton  

Orange County Convention Center

North/South Building 

9800 International Drive  
Orlando, Florida 32819  
(Show entrance is on the south side)

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Call for Content: Foundations

BACnet International is now accepting article proposals and submissions for the May 2016 issue of Foundations.

 Foundations is an educational member resource produced by BACnet International. BACnet International is the cornerstone to your success, and Foundations provides the ground-level knowledge needed to connect the dots in building automation. All articles will be due by March 16, 2016 and should be between 1,200 and 3,000 words.
Submit your idea or article today. Please also feel free to pass this information on to parties who may be interested in contributing to one of these great publications.

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Share Your Success

BACnet International Success Stories provide case studies utilizing the BACnet Standard in order to further knowledge and understanding of implementation of the standard. Success Stories are subject to an application and approval process prior to public posting.
Once a BACnet Success Story is posted, it becomes a permanent, linkable record of the successful project. Further, Success Stories:
  • Are automatically eligible for additional public recognition via BACnet International's Leaders of the Pack Award program;
  • Are featured in Cornerstones, which is seen by thousands of individuals via email and the BACnet International website; and
  • Are candidates for articles in the BACnet International Journal, BACnet International's official magazine.
Consider pulling together a Success Story for your company, and take advantage of the power of free and meaningful press!
Submit Your Company's Success Story
Success Story
Laval High School
Laval High School
Placentia, NL, Canada

A web-based EC-NetAX platform was used to integrate HVAC and lighting control, utility monitoring, and multiple environmental sensors. The project was designed and implemented according to LEED guidelines.

The new system provides comfort for the students and staff, while offering easy accessibility to changing schedules, setpoints, etc., and maintaining the desired energy savings.

Number of Buildings: 1

Total Area:

Products / Equipment Installed: EC-Net-AX
ECB Series Controllers 

Systems Integrated: HVAC, Lighting, Power Monitoring

Number of Devices: 100

System Points: 1,000 

System Integrator: Energy Management Services, Ltd.

Controls Contractor: Energy Management Services, Ltd.

BACnet Manufacturers:
Distech Controls, Inc.  

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BACnet Community News
Announcing the 2016 BACnet International Board of Directors

BACnet International is thrilled to announce that its membership has confirmed a slate of candidates for its 2016 board of directors. The individuals selected were done so with the goal of securing a board that is representative of the diverse BACnet International community, as well as one with the requisite experience and skills necessary to move the organization forward.

Following is the list of your 2016 BACnet International board of directors:

Dennis Swoboda, Blue Ridge Technologies, Director, one-year term
Jonathan Fulton, BCI Control Intergrators, Director, one-year term
Raymond Rae, Delta Controls, Director, three-year term
Brad Hill, Honeywell International, Director, three-year term
Michael Wilson, Automated Logic
Nancy Stein, Siemens  
Roland Laird, Reliable Controls
Andy McMillan, BACnet International

Congratulations to the members of the 2016 board. This is an exciting time for BACnet International, and the association is set up to do wonderful things with this strong leadership team in place.
BACnet Golden Week
BACnet in the Spotlight in Shenzhen, China

By Andy McMillan
President & Managing Director, BACnet International

I spent a week in Shenzhen, China recently as a guest of the BIG-CA (BACnet Interest Group China-Asia). The purpose of my visit was to participate in a "first of its kind" weeklong event. The week was kicked off by an international BACnet conference followed a day later by a BACnet developer training class with subsequent days devoted to a BACnet plugfest and community discussions. It was a unique event serving all elements of the BACnet community and was justly titled "BACnet Golden Week". It was a week of information and experience sharing among users and experts in a collaborative environment that was educational for attendees but what can the rest of the global building automation community learn from BACnet Golden Week?
The first thing we can learn from BACnet Golden Week is that the interest, activity and opportunity for BACnet in China continue to expand rapidly. The conference reflected that rapid growth with a presentation on the development of a China-based BACnet testing laboratory with a technical services arm. In addition, attendees heard about local applications including a very large university BACnet system with hundreds of buildings incorporating equipment from over a dozen suppliers ... fully integrated into a single BACnet front-end. Local growth potential was also indicated by the presence of local government technical staff at both the conference and the training class.
A second thing we can learn from BACnet Golden Week is that there are growing business opportunities for companies offering BACnet hardware, software and services in China and the rest of Asia. The sponsoring companies of the 2015 BACnet Golden Week had the opportunity to meet with a broad range of prospective customers and partners over the course of the event. The Q&A session at the end of the first day was lively and largely focused on implementing BACnet systems. The high level of interest has already spawned plans for three more training sessions and other events over the next year. It seems clear that companies willing and able to support customers in China and Asia can have expanding business in that part of the world.
Read Full Column at AutomatedBuildings.com
Have some company news to share with the BACnet International Community? Contact BACnet International Communications and Community Manager Erin Hall today.
Educational Resources

From publications to presentations, BACnet International has a variety of educational resources for your use. Catch up on presentations you missed, review a white paper or read the latest issues of Foundations or the BACnet International Journal.

For example, did you miss out on BACnet International's educational track at NFMT
Orlando? Or perhaps you want to relive the best educational moments? BACnet International's Video Room has all the conference presentations. Check it out today!

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Introduction to BACnet for Building Owners and Engineers
The purpose of this document--click on document for access--is to provide an overview of BACnet history, terminology and philosophy for building owners, managers and others involved with BACnet projects. The document provides an introduction to the topic of BACnet but it is not a comprehensive description of BACnet and it is not a product or system implementation guide.
BACnet International Journal

The BACnet International Journal is a global magazine for building automation based on BACnet technology. Experts, practitioners and professionals show the way in applying and developing the BACnet standard--from building automation trends to devices and application projects; from qualification and training to testing and certification; from who's who in the BACnet community to useful information on events and publications. Special attention is given to members and activities of BACnet International. Click on the image to the left to read the most recent edition of the Journal.
Foundations: A BACnet International Publication

The Foundations publication is an educational resource produced by BACnet International for its members. BACnet International is the cornerstone of your success, and Foundations builds on that by providing the technical knowledge you need to succeed in the world of building automation. Foundations is written by volunteers from the BACnet community for integrators, installers, appliers and specifiers/consultants. Click on the image to the right to read the most recent edition of Foundations.
BACnet Community Products
S4 Open: BACnet-N2 Router 1.30 Release Guide

Release 1.30 of the S4 Open: BACnet-N2 Router and S4 Open: OPC-N2 Router adds many significant feature enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to the core products and S4 Open: Management Console. Many of the enhancements are BACnet specific; however, enhancements and bug fixes to the N2 integration and core services apply to both BACnet and OPC products. This version will be delivered for all new product orders starting in January, 2016. Existing customers with an active Software Assurance program subscription are eligible for an upgrade under that program. If your Software Assurance subscription is expired, request a quote for a subscription renewal from your distributor or support contractor.

Current production release 1.19 was introduced in early 2014. Versions 1.20, 1.21, and 1.22 were major milestones or field test versions in the development of 1.30 but were not released for production. Over the last 1 years our newsletter, The Gateway, covered the details of many of the enhancements included in 1.30. This document provides an orientation and introduction to 1.30 and will not duplicate that level of detail. Please refer to http://www.thes4group.com and search for the topic of your choice or refer to the documentation delivered with the system.

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Distech's Three-in-one Communicating Sensor

Distech Controls' EC-Smart-Air is part of the Allure series of communicating sensors and is designed for projects that require precise environmental control. These three-in-one sensors combine temperature, humidity and CO2 - enabling time and cost to be saved with just a single device to be mounted, wired and commissioned.

Sensing CO2 enables operating costs to be reduced by implementing demand-controlled ventilation, reducing building over-ventilation and avoiding conditioning outside air unnecessarily.

Read More Here
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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