September 2018
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 Story 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.
Registration & Hotel Deadlines Approaching for BACnet Testing Symposium & PlugFest Interoperability Workshop
The BACnet Testing Symposium & PlugFest are both being held in October at The University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory. You will need to register separately for each event.

Registered attendees of both the PlugFest Interoperability Event and the BACnet Testing Symposium are eligible to receive a $100.00 discount off of their Symposium fee. The discount code to use when registering for the Symposium will be included in the confirmation email you will receive after registering for PlugFest. 

The discounted hotel group rate for both events has been extended and ends this Friday, September 14 (based on availability). Travel details, including links for making room reservations , can be found on the BACnet International website here .

After these dates we cannot guarantee availability or room rates at the group hotel. 

More information on each event can be found below.
BACnet Testing Symposium

BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) and The University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) are hosting an International BACnet Testing Symposium,  October 6 - 7, 2018 ,   at the UNH-IOL facility in Durham, NH.

The symposium is a unique opportunity to  learn about tools and technologies  for BACnet testing while networking with experts from around the world. Thought leaders, technical experts, quality assurance engineers and highly experienced BACnet testing organizations will come together to review the state of the art and explore the future of BACnet testing. 

If you have any questions about the International BACnet Testing Symposium, please contact Natalie Nardone at .

PlugFest Interoperability Workshop

PlugFest 2018 will be held  October 9 - 11, 2018.  Testing starts at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9 to allow for arrival on Monday and setup Tuesday morning. For the full agenda, click  here .  

The  BACnet Working Group  will be meeting on Monday, October 8, 2018 prior to the start of PlugFest.
Don't delay! The early bird registration discount for PlugFest ends this Friday, September 14 . After this date the registration fee will go up by $50.00 (USD), so register TODAY!
If you need your member login, have any questions, or need help with registration for you or your team, please do not hesitate to contact Kelsey Battle, Event Coordinator, at
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BACnet International announces a new Success Story Creation Program in which we help our members generate content showcasing the successful use of the BACnet protocol.

This service is part of your BACnet International member benefits so is offered FREE for our members.

More details on the program, including the process, criteria, and application form, can be found here .

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Nardone, BACnet International Regional Operations, at When sending the email, please include " Success Story" and the name of your project in the subject line.

We look forward to showcasing your company and your clients, and showing the world the power of BACnet!

BACnet Community News
Michael Osborne Named New BACnet Chair
Reliable Controls is pleased to announce that Michael Osborne, the company's Firmware Manager, has accepted the appointment of BACnet Chair. Developed under auspices of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), BACnet is an American national standard. BACnet has been an international standard since 2003, and has 877 listed products from 180 manufacturers, with 1,000 vendors IDs from 50 different countries.

Constructive comments are invited for the following Public Review Drafts, which can be accessed on ASHRAE’s website at . All activity for reviewing and commenting on public review drafts can be accomplished completely online.

45-day Public Review from August 17, 2018, to October 1, 2018

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addendum br
This addendum adds new engineering units, a new mandate to accept writes of NULL to non-commandable properties, and intrinsic fault reporting to Lighting Output object type; deprecates Time form of timestamps; clarifies the Multi-state object types when Number_Of_States shrinks; fixes the language for event type and message text parameters of event notifications; clarifies the object instance 4194303; extends the ReadPropertyMultiple service to support the Network Port wildcard instance treatment; and clarifies the timestamp of trend log and trend log multiple log records.

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addendum bt
This addendum adds re-alert transitions to the CHANGE_OF_LIFE_SAFETY event algorithm, specific error codes for LifeSafetyOperation error situations, and support for elevator based occupant evacuation (OEO) to the life safety objects.

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addendum bu
This addendum introduces BACnetARRAY of BACnetLIST collection property data type; adds clarifications on character and value encoding issues; and clarifies transmission of unconfirmed COV notifications, logging of event notifications, recording of status events in log buffers, Event Enrollment object reliability evaluation, and the Global Group object reliability evaluation.

45-day Public Review from September 7, 2018 to October 22, 2018

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addendum bw
There is a need for a simple, universal data exchange format for the transfer of a time-series data between various platforms for operations such as analyzing the energy per-
formance of buildings. This addendum adds Time Series Data Exchange Format.

60-day Public Review from September 7, 2018 to November 6, 2018

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addendum q to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet
This addendum updates alarm and event tests for protocol revisions 13 and higher.

BACnet Products
New OptiFlex™ Flexible, Scalable Integration Platform for the WebCTRL® Building Automation System

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