February 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.
Next Stop: LightFair International

BACnet International will be exhibiting in booth 6851 at the 27th annual LightFair International conference at the San Diego Convention Center April 26-28.

Last year this show was attended by over 29,000 registrants, and BACnet International looks forward to showcasing the logos of all of the members of BACnet international. We will also continue to promote and educate attendees about the many advantages of the BACnet protocol and BACnet International membership benefits. Looking forward to seeing you there. To obtain complimentary tickets for the show, contact David Nardone today.

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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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Plan to Attend: 2016 PlugFest

The BACnet International BACnet Testing Laboratories Working Group (BTL WG) invites manufacturers of BACnet products to attend the 17th annual PlugFest, an interoperability workshop at The University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. This event permits vendors to test their BACnet products with BACnet devices from other vendors in a neutral and friendly environment. 2015 saw nearly 90 BACnet engineers representing over 30 companies in attednace, working together to improve their BACnet implementation and testing methods.

The 2016 event will run from Sept. 26 through 29. Mark your calendars and keep a look out for additional information.

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Success Story
Fergus Falls
Fergus Falls Public School District
Fergus Falls, MN, United States

This project was a retrofit of three school buildings within the district, during which the facilities were occupied, requiring minimization of down time of mechanical equipment.

The EC-NetAX Web-based building management platform was used for integrated control and monitoring of HVAC and lighting systems and for fuel oil tank monitoring.

Controls retrofit included HVAC and outdoor lighting using BACnet ECB Series controllers, Allure communicating thermostats and EC-Light lighting control panels.

The schools now have a building automation system accessible via the Web, providing a complete user interface for the control and monitoring of their BMS, including all graphics, schedules, alarms, trends and logs, and other reports.

This enables them to monitor their entire building's comfort levels and the operation of the equipment, and make changes as needed from any location rather than manually adjusting each unit.

Number of Buildings: 3

Total Area: 370,000
Products / Equipment Installed:
EC-Net-AX, EC-BOS, ECB-STAT, ECB Series Controllers, EC-Light Lighting Control Panels

Systems Integrated: HVAC, Lighting, Power Monitoring

Number of Devices: 425

System Points: 4,000  

System Integrator: Climate Control, Inc.

Controls Contractor: Climate Control, Inc.

BACnet Manufacturers:
Distech Controls, Inc.  

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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!
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BACnet Community News
2016 AHR Expo Recap 
Thanks to Our Members for Making it a Great Success!

BACnet International was thrilled to support and be among 50 of its members exhibiting at the AHR Expo last week in Orlando, Fla. Nearly all member
companies took advantage of displaying their brochures in the literature racks located in the BACnet International Lounge.

With estimated attendance of 60,000 people at this year's expo exhibitor participants saw a great deal of value in the exposure.

Traffic to the BACnet International booth was also very strong. Member visitors were able to review the benefits of corporate membership and how to take advantage of those benefits.

Member and non-member visitors alike were interested in learning more about PlugFest 2016, which will be held Sept.
26-29 at the InterOperability Lab in Durham, NH.

Non-member visitors were excited to find that individual membership is free. Product listings and the BTL Mark were also consistent areas of interest.

BACnet International also hosted a BACnet track as part of the Expo's education programming. These important s
essions were recorded, and we will notify BACnet International members when they are made available online.

The 2017 AHR Expo will be held in Las Vegas Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

BACnet International will be in booth C959. We look forward to seeing you there for another successful Expo!
SSPC 135 Concludes Productive Orlando Meeting

The BACnet Committee assembled for four-and-a-half days of working group and plenary meetings in Orlando, Fla., during the course of the ASHRAE Winter Meeting and AHR Expo 2016. While the working groups were focusing on new work items and the resolution of public review comments, the plenary voted out comment responses to several major addenda. The resolution of comment responses resulted in editorial changes only. As a result, the following addenda are now on their way to being published:
  • Addendum 135-2012am defines new RESTful Web Services replacing the current Web Services that are based on SOAP. In addition, this addendum introduces the so-called BACnet Extended Data Model, also known as BACnet XD. These extensions allow for arbitrary structures, a uniform set of standardized metadata applicable to all data, a powerful mechanism for data relations, and a semantic information model.
  • Addendum 135-2012ba adds device descriptions based on BACnet XD using CSML as the language, and adds extended semantic information to objects and to relations in structures of objects.
  • Addendum 135-2012bc includes general BIBB updates for primitive value objects and the revised event reporting. It also includes new BIBBs and device profiles for both life safety and physical access control devices and applications. The new device profiles are added to the standard as new families, utilizing the device profile family concept introduced with Addendum 135-2012al, Protocol Revision 17.

The above three addenda will make up Protocol Revision 19. The committee decided that they are to be published as addenda to the BACnet standard 135-2012. With that, they will flow into the projected new baseline 135-2016 of the BACnet standard, expected to be publicly available spring of 2016.


For BACnet, the RESTful Web Services Addendum 135-2012am is a major step towards support of modern IT technologies and integration with enterprise level applications, clouds and modern user interfaces. Together with Addendum 135-2012ba, a higher level of semantic information can be provided that is consumable by machines, reducing costly manual engineering hours.


On the completion of these two addenda, the committee specifically thanked and applauded former SSPC Chairman Dave Robin from Automated Logic who, as the major author of these addenda, spent many hours and days making possible this big achievement for the BACnet community.
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:

Raymond Rae, Delta Controls, Chair, three-year term
Dennis Swoboda
, Blue Ridge Technologies, Director, one-year term
Jonathan Fulton, BCI Control Intergrators, Director, one-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.

Read More about the Board Here 
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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Corporate Members: 
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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
Carrier® ChillerVu™ Energy Dashboards

Great news! ChillerVu™ Energy Dashboards are now available for the Carrier ChillerVu plant control system,
a sophisticated, scalable, native BACnet® control solution for chiller plant control and operation. It
consists of a dedicated controller and a library of factory-engineered control programs that are specifically designed to cover the most common chiller plant configurations.

The ChillerVu Energy Dashboards offers preconfigured screens for both air-cooled and water-cooled plants, providing "at a glance" data representing current and historic plant energy performance. Energy use data, including kW/Ton, iKw/kW, and Coefficient of Performance (COP) is displayed both graphically and numerically.

Display screens are easy to edit using existing tools and processes (Snap and

ViewBuilder). Graphs and other display elements can be removed to represent smaller plants, and complete display
screens can be duplicated to accommodate larger plants. Metric and Imperial units are supported, and local currency values representing actual energy costs may be displayed.

For more information on the new ChillerVu Energy Dashboards for the Carrier ChillerVu plant control system, please contact your local Carrier office.

All trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. 

Sierra Monitor Corporation, provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets, today announced a comprehensive and secure IIoT On-Ramp Suite for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of commercial and industrial controls devices and systems.

The suite extends Sierra Monitor's 10-year track record of being OEMs' trusted connectivity protocol partner and provides a set of hardware, software and cloud services that OEMs can use to accelerate the transformation of their devices into smart, cloud-connected products.

"Smart cloud-connected IIoT products are expected to significantly improve how OEMs deliver service and support, drive product innovation, and offer 'product-as-a-service' and other new business models," said Varun Nagaraj, CEO of Sierra Monitor Corporation. "We are extremely excited about announcing and subsequently rolling out our IIoT On-Ramp offerings to our OEM customers throughout 2016. As the IIoT market evolves, we believe our position as a trusted partner to our OEM customers will help them proactively take advantage of the tremendous opportunity that the IIoT presents."

Read More Here
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