March 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 Kathleen Magee, BACnet International's marketing 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 our organization. We will also continue to promote and educate attendees about the many advantages of the BACnet protocol and BACnet International membership. We look 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 has space for one more article in its 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. If you have a topic that would suit this publication we encourage you to submit it ASAP to The article should be between 1,200 and 3,000 words.
Please feel free to pass this information on to parties who may be interested in contributing to this publication.

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 attendance, 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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Plan to Attend: 2016 BIG-EU PlugFest

The BACnet Interest Group Europe invites manufacturers to join the 10th BACnet Interoperability Workshop of the BIG-EU. The event will take place May 11 - 13, 2016 and is open to developers and product managers.This year's host will be Saia Burgess Controls and it will be located in Bern, Switzerland.
Workshop participants should be very familiar with the software and hardware that implements the capabilities being tested and are expected to have a good understanding of the BACnet protocol. The Workshop is only open to active participants. 

Registration is open until April 11, 2016. 

Prior to the Plugfest, on May 9 - 10, 2016, the 2016 spring BIG-EU Meetings will also be held in Bern.

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Success Story
GSA Federal Office Building 8
GSA Federal Office Building 8
Washington, DC United States

Federal Office Building 8 (FOB8) is a 547,000-sq-ft 1960s-era laboratory building that was transformed to Class A office space and features new architectural accents, such as glass atriums. The project involved a retrofit of HVAC control overlaid by a Web-based EC-Net-AX platform.

Over 900 ECB Series BACnet programmable controllers were installed.
The project made use of "Open-to-Wireless" wireless battery-less temperature sensors for implementation of an efficient sensing solution, without affecting either the building's original or new architecture.

Number of Buildings: 1

Total Area: 547,000
Products / Equipment Installed:
EC-Net-AX Supervisor, EC-BOS, ECB Series Controllers, ECW Series Wireless Temperature Sensors

Systems Integrated: HVAC

Number of Devices: 900

System Points: 9,000  

System Integrator: Smart Building Technologies

Controls Contractor: Smart Building Technologies

BACnet Manufacturers:
Distech Controls, Inc.  

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Want to 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!
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BACnet Community News
Addenda for BACnet ANSI/ASHRAE Standard Available for Download

Addenda for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks are now available for free download on the ASHRAE website at  The following are the addenda recently added:

135-2012aj-1 Add support for IPv6
135-2012aq-1 Elevator object types
135-2012bf-1 Advanced Network Configuration with the Network Port object
135-2012bg-1 Add engineering units
135-2012bh-1 Correct Application State Machine Failover

Sierra Monitor Appoints CICC Automation Technologies as an Authorized Reseller in India

Sierra Monitor Corporation, provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets, announced the appointment of CICC Automation Technologies Pvt. Ltd. as an Authorized Reseller of the FieldServer family of protocol gateways and routers in India.  As an Authorized Reseller, CICC Automation Technologies will carry the FieldServer product line, including the QuickServer protocol gateway that supports Sierra Monitor's full library of 140+ protocols; the BTL Certified BACnet Router; the EZ Gateway; and the BACnet Explorer.

Based in Mumbai, India, CICC Automation Technologies is a systems integrator and turnkey contractor offering out-of-the-box solutions for Integrated Building Management.

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Building Automation and Controls Market is expected to reach $55.48 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 9.04% from 2014 to 2020.

The convergence of Internet of things with information technology and building automation is driving the building automation & controls market by opening new application areas. The building automation and controls systems have not only led to power savings but have also enhanced the living standards and, in turn, been facilitating a convenient life for the users.

The wireless technologies has further increased deployment of automation controls in the market, especially in retrofit buildings.

Huge R&D Investments and government initiatives to conserve energy worldwide are driving the growth of the building automation and controls market, especially in the U.S.

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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:

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

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 Marketing Manager Kathleen Magee 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

Designed for cost-effective networking, the VLT® BACnet/IP MCA 125 helps reduce the number of network components and the burden on the controller, enabling the VLT® HVAC Drive FC 102 to connect to building management systems using the BACnet/IP protocol.

The VLT® BACnet/IP MCA 125 was engineered to connect the VLT® HVAC Drive FC 102 to building management systems by the BACnet/IP protocol or the execution of BACnet via Ethernet. The VLT® HVAC Drive has a battery-free clock synchronization with the building management system and via BACnet/IP can also send alarms or detailed reports of the triggering conditions.

With the modular design of the VLT® HVAC Drive you get exactly the features you really need. In addition, you can implement tailored solutions and minimize system cost. The option makes it easy to control typical HVAC applications according to set values and to monitor these.

The Embedded Managed Switch VLT® BACnet/IP MCA 125 allows the use of line topology for wiring without external switches. In modern installation technology, this approach is becoming more attractive because it reduces network components, thereby reducing cost and reducing the number of disorders.

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The S4 Group Releases Version 1.30 of their Open-BACnet-N2 Router 

The S4 Group is now shipping Release 1.30 of the S4 Open: BACnet-N2 Router and S4 Open: OPC-N2 Router.  This version 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.

Details of features and capabilities included can be found here. 
Simplicity Redefined with SimplyVAV   

KMC's market-leading innovation, SimplyVAV
, was developed to address the need for simplicity in digital variable air volume projects. The market's most innovative and intuitive VAV solution offers an economical way to meet the project requirements for either standalone operation or automated/integrated systems. SimplyVAV represents a game-changing approach that saves time and money.
The  award-winning solution:
  • Requires no computer or software to configure. SimplyVAV's companion room sensor is used to set up, commission, and balance the controller.
  • Features built-in selectable applications. There is no programming or coding to perform.
  • Is designed for standalone application or installation as part of a building automation system. SimplyVAV easily integrates into new or existing open (BACnet®) systems.
  • Addresses single-duct and dual-duct needs. SimplyVAV comes in three models for single-duct application and one model for dual-duct requirements.
  • Can be used for VVT applications in KMC's Zone Equipment Control (ZEC) system, which consists of a special model of KMC's award-winning Flexstat unitary controller along with up to 16 KMC SimplyVAV controllers for pressure-independent VAV control.
  • Is BTL-listed and made with pride in the U.S.A.
Model WJ-1101 is the BACnet® controller to be used for a wi
de range of building applications such as air-conditioning and plumbing.

It provides excellent controls suitable for your building with scaleable inputs and outputs (I/Os) and configurable control applications.  I/O modules (Model RJ-11_ _) and control applications can be added to Model WJ-1101 for a change in operation or for a retrofit, offering high extensibility.

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I/O Modules for BACnet Controllers

Model RJ-11_ _ is a series of I/O modules to be used with Azbil's BACnet controller for general-purpose building applications (Model WJ-1101).

In addition to the inputs and outputs embedded on Model WJ-1101, Model WJ-1101 allows the connection of a maximum of 20 I/O modules.

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