July 2016

Welcome to the newest edition of the 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 Natalie Nardone, BACnet International's Association Manager.


Next Stop: World Energy Engineering Conference (WEEC)

WEEC is the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It takes place September 21 - 23, 2016 in the Walter E. Washington County Convention Center in Washington, DC, and BACnet International will be in Booth 837.

To obtain complimentary tickets for the show, contact David Nardone today.

Learn More About the WEEC

National Facilities Management & Technology Conference (NFMT): Vegas

BACnet International will be exhibiting in Booth 707 at the NFMT Conference & Expo at the Mirage Event Center in Las Vegas, November 1 - 2, 2016

This NFMT show alternates east and west locations each year and so for 2016 will be west in Las Vegas.  To obtain complimentary tickets for the show, contact David Nardone today.

Discover More About the 2016 NFMT Vegas Conference

Call for Content: Journal

BACnet International is currently looking for articles, success stories, product news and advertisements for its next issue of the Journal.

If you have an idea for an article or product news that would suit this publication, or would like to learn about advertising options, please contact Kathleen Magee at kathleen@bacnetinternational.org by Friday, August 5, 2016.

Articles should be between 1,200 and 3,000 words and are due by August 31, 2016.  If you would like to submit a Success Story please upload details through the website link as the stories will be chosen from that BACnet International database.

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. Registration is opening on Monday, August 1.

Discover More Here

Success Story

Minutemaid Park, Houston, TX
Minutemaid Park

Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park, previously known as The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field, is a ballpark in Downtown Houston, Texas, that opened in 2000 to house the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). The ballpark is Houston's first retractable-roofed stadium, and features a natural grass playing field. The ballpark was built as a replacement of the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium ever built, which opened in 1965.  The park has undergone several changes over the years with the most recent being an upgrade of the lighting control system for the public area lights.

Gentec Inc., along with Kratos Public & Safety Solutions, partnered with Schneider Electric to provide a BACnet IP solution to integrate and control the numerous lighting circuits via the Schneider Building Automation System.  In total 40 BACnet IP panels ranging from an 8 relay panel size to a 48 relay panel size were installed, commissioned and integrated.  

The Gentec native IP BACnet lighting control system allows a building integrator to easily control and supervise the status of the various lighting circuits spread throughout the park.  Time was of the essence as this project had to be completed before the debut of the 2016 MLB season.  Despite only receiving the order in late February 2016 Gentec was able to 'step up to the plate' and deliver the first batch of panels in three weeks. The second batch followed two weeks later, which allowed the team at Kratos and Schneider Electric to install and commission the panels in time for the 2016 season.  The Schneider team also employed the Gentec KCF600 lighting configuration software which greatly reduced the time required to assign and control the numerous lighting control zones defined.  This software allows an integrator to quickly configure the system without the need to create and generate local software routines.

An interesting point with respect to this project was the IT security requirements that were demanded.  In order to prevent any possible IT attack on the system each panel had to conform to the park's strict IT security requirements.   In mid-May, after the successful installation of an initial 31 panels, an additional 9 panels were ordered along with input cards with low voltage switches with the purpose of allowing client control in various key zones.  These switches can be programmed to function according to the clients requirements, i.e. they can be locked out if needed.  

As far as projects go, this one was what most companies would describe as a dream run: delivery on time with almost no technical support required thanks to the professionalism of everyone involved.

Number of Buildings: 1

Total Area:  1,263,240 sq. ft.

Products / Equipment Installed:

Gentec BACnet IP Kameleon K6 Lighting Control Panels

Systems Integrated: Lighting

Number of Devices: 40

System Points: 1,720   

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BACnet Community News

Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Study Shows Planned Investment at All Time High

The 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey of more than1,200 facility and energy management executives in the United States, Brazil, China, Germany and India shows interest and investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high.

Fifty percent of respondents said their organizations are paying more attention to energy efficiency today than they did a year ago, with 72 percent anticipating increased investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy over the next 12 months. By comparison, 37 percent of global respondents in 2013 reported paying more attention to energy efficiency and 42 percent planned to increase investments.

The results of the survey were released June 23 in Washington, DC at the Energy Efficiency Forum, co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and United States Energy Association.

Although cost reduction remains the primary driver, organizations are also increasingly considering energy security, customer and employee attraction, greenhouse gas reduction, enhanced reputation, government policy and investor expectations when making investment decisions. Survey results show that 64 percent of U.S. organizations now have an internal or publicly stated carbon reduction goal, compared to 41 percent in 2013. 

For more information and to download a copy of the survey

Have some company news to share with the BACnet International Community? Contact BACnet International Association Manager Natalie Nardone today.
BACnet Community Products

Automated Logic Releases New Version of WebCTRL® Building Automation System

Building owners can manage their building's performance from anywhere in the world - and can do so more quickly and intelligently - thanks to new enhancements to Automated Logic Corporation's flagship product, the WebCTRL® building automation system.

The robust web-based building automation platform now features optimized trend reporting, new visualization tools, mobile support capability and Open Automated Demand Response (ADR) to further help manage building energy conservation measures, identify key operational problems and analyze the end results.

Read More Here

Blue Ridge Technologies Releases Modular Hardware Platform (MIO), and Essentials 2.0

Blue Ridge Technologies recently announced their release of the MIO modular hardware platform and Essentials System 2.0.

With this new line of lighting control modules, users can DIN rail mount, plug together, or daisy chain all devices modularly, thereby eliminating the need for more expensive control devices and wiring practices.

Along with the new module line comes Essentials System 2.0 and completely refreshed programming tools. The tools are now totally encapsulated to separate the need for Java updates, have detailed embedded support files, and an abundance of new features designed to streamline programming and add functionality.

For More Information on Blue Ridge Technologies

Have some product news to share with the BACnet International Community? Contact BACnet Association Manager Natalie Nardone today.

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