October 2017
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.
Opportunity
Opportunities
BACnet Educational Track at NFMT Orlando

BACnet International will be sponsoring a full educational track as part of the 2017 NFMT Conference.

The following sessions are scheduled:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time
Topic

Speaker
9:00am
BACnet 101

Ben Dorsey
10:00 am
HVAC 101: Chillers, VFDs and BACnet - Oh My!

Tim Skell
3:10pm
Interfacing Elevators & Escalators with BACnet: The Time is Now

Grant Wichenko & Christopher Mason

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time
Topic

Speaker
9:00 am
Lighting & IT Collaboration: When lighting is living on or connected to the corporate intranet

Scott Ziegenfus
10:00 am
Best Practices for Implementing BACnet in your Facility

Grant Wichenko

While we hope you are able to attend, we realize it may not be possible. Therefore, all the BACnet International educational sessions will be captured and shared in early January 2018 on The BACnet Institute e-learning site.

For More Information about the NFMT Orlando Conference and Sessions

Make an Impact with BACnet International and Become a  Volunteer Today!

How would you like to gain more industry expertise? Get additional exposure for your company? Network with industry leaders? And help others and have fun while doing it?

The BACnet International Community is expanding again! We are looking for volunteers to join committees, contribute articles/white papers/resources and conduct presentations. Along with committee participation and authors, we are also looking for subject experts on a project-by-project basis.
 
Be a part of BACnet International and help guide and grow the association.

If you have questions on becoming a volunteer in any of these areas, please email Natalie Nardone at   natalie@bacnetinternational.org
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BACnet New England User Group Event  

You are invited to the free BACnet New England User Group meeting supported by BACnet International on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Boston University.

The purpose of the BACnet User Group is to bring together the local BACnet user community twice a year to share tips, techniques and experiences on the use of BACnet products and technologies.
 
The main speakers at this event will be Mike Newman, the father of BACnet, and Jim Butler, BACnet IT Working Group convener and the first BACnet Testing Laboratories Manager.

More information can be found on the BACnet NE User Group website.
 
Community
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PlugFest Interoperability Workshop Another Success! 
 
PlugFest took place September 26 - 28, 2017 at The University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Attendees had many opportunities to test their products with other BACnet vendors, and worked together to improve their BACnet implementation and testing methods.
 
Along with testing, the PlugFest Workshop included several educational sessions and networking events, at which attendees were able to interact on a more casual basis outside the technical arena.
 
PlugFest 2018 will be held next fall, with location and dates to be announced soon.  
 
As you develop your BACnet Implementation, plan to join us at next year's event!
 
 
Proposed: First International Symposium on BACnet Testing 
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Proposed Date: June 2018 
Venue: University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab  
 
We are exploring holding a general symposium on BACnet testing to discuss and explore a variety of topics that could include:
  • Current BACnet test tools and methods
  • BACnet/WS testing requirements and tools
  • BACnet - IoT readiness testing
  • Future BACnet test system requirements and architectures
  • Test definitions and representations
  • BACnet system testing opportunities and challenges
  • Others
It is expected that this symposium will be of interest to:
  • BACnet product developers
  • Software QA engineers involved with BACnet products
  • BACnet test tool developers, including tools for product, network and system testing
  • BACnet test specification developers
  • BACnet testing organizations
Sign up for notifications as plans for this symposium are further developed.
 
 
Have a question about BACnet? The BACnet Institute has your answer! 
Have a question about BACnet that is keeping you up at night? Then you should visit The BACnet Institute (TBI) to get an answer.... and some sleep!
 
The Technical Forum is an open discussion (threaded) forum. It encourages knowledge sharing across differing expertise and backgrounds within the BACnet community, resulting in a wide variety of perspectives in regards to innovative strategies, research, and best practices. The topics are just as diverse as the community, ranging from simplistic to highly advanced.
 
Don't have a question to ask?
Then this forum is still an incredible source of information. Use the search functionality in the forum to find past posts on a variety of topics including network security, web services, and, most importantly, the functionality of BACnet Objects, Properties and Services. The information provided is robust. In fact, past discussions submitted through the Cornell University BACnet-L email list server have also been captured in the Technical Forum, providing more visibility and added functionality to these discussions; as well as ensuring the value of these discussions are never lost.     
 
Don't be shy. Visit TBI today and submit that burning question, submerge yourself in past discussions, or even better, share your own expertise by participating in a discussion. Join us and be part of a community of BACnet professionals like yourself.
 
ASHRAE Issues 1,000th BACnet Vendor ID

ASHRAE, a global leader in Standards development for building efficiency, has assigned its 1,000th vendor ID
for its building automation and control n
etworking
protocol (BACnet). This milestone is a tangible example
of the Society's strong position as a worldwide leader in providing
resources that advance the built environment.
Products
BACnet Products
Metasys® 9.0 Building Automation System from Johnson Controls offers New IP Controllers and Enhanced User Interface

The new Metasys® 9.0 building automation system from Johnson Controls offers substantial enhancements to the Metasys product line, including two new IP/Ethernet-based controllers and user interface (UI) features that make finding critical information and resolving issues easier than ever.

Because the two new BACnet® IP field equipment controllers communicate on Ethernet IP networks, they support increased network performance and bandwidth and enable easy integrations.

The enhanced UI includes a Building Network feature, which provides access to all objects defined under the Metasys component hierarchy for a familiar navigation and status experience.
Automated Logic's New WebCTRL® EnergyReports™ Tool

Automated Logic has released its next generation of EnergyReports™ energy analysis and reporting tool that uses building operations data to help drive building energy performance improvements. This new EnergyReports tool will deliver the information that matters most to building owners, operators and energy managers.

Using the WebCTRL® building automation system, building owners and operators can now securely push data from a single building or a portfolio of buildings to a cloud-based platform. From there, they can create graphs, charts, reports and dashboards to visualize the building data.
Success
Success Story
Want to Share Your Success?

BACnet International Success Stories further knowledge and understanding of the implementation of the standard by highlighting successful BACnet installations. Success Stories are subject to an application and approval process prior to public posting.
 
Once a 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 Success Story of the Year Award;
  • Are featured in Cornerstones, which is seen by thousands of individuals via email, and on 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
Have some product news to share with the BACnet International Community? Contact BACnet Marketing Manager Kathleen Magee 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.
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