August 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.
Interested in Testing your Products' Interoperability by Plugging into Other Vendors' BACnet Equipment?

You can at PlugFest 2017! 

The deadline to sign up for the event is Friday, September 15, so register today! 

The event will run from Tuesday, September 26th through Thursday, September 28th. The BACnet Working Group will be meeting on Monday, September, September 25 prior to the start of PlugFest.   
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, Association Assistant, at 
If you are planning to attend PlugFest, make your hotel reservations soon! The deadline to receive the discounted group room rate is August 25 so don't delay.  

PlugFest T-Shirt Design Contest

HURRY! Don't miss your chance to design the 2017 PlugFest T-Shirt for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!

BACnet International is looking for a new design to grace the T-shirts at the event. Here's your chance to show us your creative talent and submit an original design for our 2017 shirt.
If yours is the design chosen, you'll receive a $100 Visa gift card. We'll also throw in four tees featuring your artwork so you can share the love.

The Rules:
  • The design must contain the words "PlugFest 2017", be an original design, and be suitable for a general audience.
  • Entries must be submitted in .jpg, .png, .pdf, .ai, or .eps format, and be no larger than 10 MB.
  • By submitting an entry, you agree to all the contest rules and regulations
Full rules & regulations can be found here
Deadline for submissions is TOMORROW - Friday August 11, 2017

If you'd like to participate, please email your design submission to  
Make an Impact with BACnet International and Become a  Volunteer Today!

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
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BACnet International Supporting Members Supporting BACnet

BACnet International would love to support our members efforts in promoting BACnet through education. If you have an upcoming speaking event, please let us know. Your session must be a BACnet-related topic that fully supports the protocol. In addition, your session cannot be commercial in nature; it must be purely educational and unbiased. 
Please use the session announcement form to submit information regarding your session. Once reviewed, it can then be announced in the next monthly Cornerstones.

For questions, please contact

Promote BACnet at 2018 LIGHTFAIR International
Call for Speakers - DEADLINE AUGUST 11 

It's the last week to submit to speak at the world's largest annual lighting-related conference. This global call invites professionals from a broad spectrum of industries to submit to speak at LIGHTFAIR 2018.

The deadline is tomorrow, August 11, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The conference is being held May 8 - 10, 2018 in Chicago. 
Click here for more information on how to submit your session.  
BACnet International Exhibiting at WEEC 2017

BACnet International is exhibiting at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users .

The WEEC is being held in Atlanta, GA, September 27 - 29, 2017, and BACnet International will be in Booth 224. Please come by and say hello!
For free expo passes, visit the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) website.

For BACnet International members: if you are exhibiting at WEEC, and would like us to display some of your literature in our booth, please contact Kelsey Battle.

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BACnet International Exhibiting at NFMT ORLANDO

BACnet International will also be exhibiting at the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference & Exposition (NFMT) .

The NFMT conference & expo will be held in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center on Tuesday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 15th, and BACnet International will be in Booth # 1012. Please come by and say hello! See a list of other exhibitors here.
To register for free and enjoy over 50 sessions, a technology-filled expo hall and industry interaction, visit the NFMT Orlando website.

For BACnet International members: if you are exhibiting at NFMT, and would like us to display some of your literature in our booth, please contact Kelsey Battle.
BACnet Community News
Commercial Building Automation Systems Market is Expected to Hit US$100 Billion by 2022

Global Commercial Building Automation Systems Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 provides infor mation on tren ds and developments, and focuses on markets and materials, c apacities and technologies, and on the changing structure of the Commercial Build i ng Automation Systems Market.

Some findings in the report: The market competition is foreseen to grow higher with the rise in technological innovation and M&A activities in the future. Moreover, many local and regional vendors are offering specific application products for varied end-users. The new vendor entrants in the market are finding it hard to compete with the international vendors based on quality, reliability, and innovations in technology. 
Call for Innovation Awards Entries  
Exhibitors Encouraged to Submit New or Upgraded Products - DEADLINE AUGUST 16 
The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) announced its Call for Entries for the 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition. The winners in each of the 10 product categories will receive special recognition prior to the show, and will be given their awards during a ceremony on Tuesday, January 23, at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition, the winner of the Product of the Year Award will be announced at that time. The Show will begin the preceding day, Monday, January 22 and run through Wednesday, January 24.

All 2018 AHR Expo exhibitors are eligible to submit a product for the Innovation Awards. Exhibitors may submit one product in each category, as long as that product has not previously won an award. To be considered, products must be exhibited at the show and available for sale by the end of January 2018. Completed entry forms and a $100 entry fee must be submitted online at  by Wednesday, August 16, 2017. 

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The BACnet Institute - "Ask the Expert"

The recently launched BACnet Institute is an online center for BACnet educational resources and includes two community forums: Ask the Expert and the Technical Forum.

Ask the Expert is targeted at end users, facility operators, owner/operators and building engineers, and provides an opportunity for BACnet system users to submit BACnet-related questions to be answered by experts in the BACnet industry. Once a question is submitted a panel of experts will review the question and come to a consensus answer. The final answer is then posted with the question in the forum. 
As a first time user, you will need to create an account. Visit The BACnet Institute  and click on the "Sign Up Now" link. Once logged in, select "Community" from the top navigation to view the forums.  
We encourage your input to ensure The BACnet Institute e-learning platform continues to provide current and beneficial learning opportunities. Please email your ideas and comments to
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BACnet Product News
Carrier Releases Infinity® Touch™ Control Skill for Amazon Alexa 
Amazon Alexa has a new skill - it's now compatible
with Carrier's Infinity Touch control. The enhancement is part of Carrier's on-going effort to improve customer experience in the rapidly expanding smart home category.

Once the skill is enabled, Carrier customers with Infinity systems can verbally manage their Infinity Touch control via Alexa-enabled devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and more. This is available to homeowners with Wi-Fi versions of the Infinity Touch control, connected to the internet through a home Wi-Fi network and registered on

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Toshiba Carrier® VRF is Now i-Vu® Compatible


Toshiba Carrier®
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating and cooling products now connect seamlessly to the i-Vu® BACnet bu ilding automation system. 
The Toshiba C
arrier interface allows building operators to monitor o r control a multi-zone VRF system fro m anywhere, using the i-Vu system, eit h er through a wall mounted touchscreen interface or from any web-enabled device.  
Building operators ca n proactively manage occupant comfort lev els inside the faci lity while using t he standard bu ilding automation features suc h as graphics, trends, reports, schedules, and alarms that are enabled for the VR F equipment. This provides operators with the tools to optimize energy usage, maximize equipment performance, assess and address building trends and solve problem s faster.
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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