May 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.
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.
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 David Nardone.

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Save the Date - PlugFest 2017

The BACnet International BACnet Testing Laboratories Working Group (BTL WG) invites manufacturers of BACnet products to attend the 18th 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. 2016 saw 80 BACnet engineers representing 37 teams in attendance, working together to improve their BACnet implementation and testing methods.
The 2017 event will run from Tuesday, September 26 through Thursday, September 28. 
The BACnet Working Group will be meeting on Monday, September 25 prior to the start of PlugFest.

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BACnet Community News
The BACnet Institute - Resource Library

Have you visited The BACnet Institute's Resource Library ?  If you haven't, you  should!
The BACnet Institute (TBI) Resource Library is an extensive  repository of articles, white papers, presentations and recorded webinars for anyone involved with BACnet systems.  It centralizes a wealth of expert knowledge, which is categorized by application, focus and user level for easy accessibility.

Currently, there are over 100 resources available in the Resource Library, ranging from the recent white paper "BACnet to Leverage IT" by Bernhard Isler, chairman ASHRAE SSPC 135 BACnet committee, to the popular video presentation "BACnet 101" presented by Ben Dorsey III at the 2017 AHR Expo. 
Updated frequently, the Resource Library is a valuable source of information and learning that you will find applicable in your interaction with the BACnet protocol. 

TBI resource library 
The recently launched  BACnet Institute  is an  online center for BACnet educational resources  that includes on-demand, self-paced courses, community forums and a resource library.  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 "Resources" from the top navigation to view the library. 
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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Public Reviews of Two Addenda to BACnet Standard

ASHRAE has announced the start of 45-day public reviews of two addenda to the BACnet standard. The public review of the following addenda will close on June 12, 2017, at midnight EDT.
Addendum 135-2016bi, Audit Reporting, is going out for its 3rd Publication Public Review of Independent Substantive Changes.  This addendum adds a new Audit Reporter object type and new audit notification services to report auditable actions. A new Audit Log object type and a new audit query service is added to log and retrieve audit notifications. 
Addendum 135-2016bp, Tweaks to BACnet Web Services, is going out for its first review. This addendum includes smaller corrections and enhancements to the BACnet RESTful Web Services.

For the addenda documents and for submitting comments, please see   
For guidance please see

BACnet Product News
Reliable Controls Products OpenADR Certified
Reliable Controls is pleased to announce that the
MACH-ProWebCom/Sys™ and the MACH-ProView™ LCD are now OpenADR certified.

Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate Demand Response (DR) signals with each other and with their customers using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network, such as the Internet.

The Reliable Controls MACH-ProWebCom/Sys allows operators to publish a building automation system to the Web quickly and easily. This controller is a BTL-listed, BACnet® Building Controller (B-BC), a BTL-listed, BACnet Operator Workstation (B-OWS), a powerful web server, and fully supports OpenADR 2.0a all in a single package.

The Reliable Controls MACH-ProView LCD with router is a powerful and elegant BACnet building controller (B-BC) and BACnet operator display (B-OD) that provides a plenitude of attractive, high resolution, graphical interfaces for your controlled environment while routing communications to multiple networks and fully supports OpenADR 2.0a.
Acuity Brands, Inc. New SiteView Energy Solution Helps Manage Facility's Energy Consumption

Acuity Brands, Inc. has introduced its SiteView™ Energy solution, which combines power metering devices and a digital dashboard, to create a detailed, real-time look at actual energy consumption within a building. This energy management solution takes advantage of software that is hosted within nLight ECLYPSE™ smart building-ready controllers, also from Acuity Brands, to help facility management track and analyze weekly, monthly, and yearly energy data to identify trends and savings.
The award-winning nLight ECLYPSE controller leverages available BACnet/IP and WiFi networks to allow seamless and reliable integration of nLight® lighting control systems from Acuity Brands with building management systems that use the BACnet communication protocol.

Automated Logic's New High Efficiency Chilled Water System Optimizer Helps Customers Save Energy
Automated Logic Corporation has expanded its suite of optimization solutions for the WebCTRL® building automation system to include a new chilled water system optimizer. The new WebCTRL chilled water system optimizer minimizes the energy use of the entire chilled water system in a commercial building, including air handling units, fan coils and other chilled water distribution equipment.


The optimizer solution consists of an Automated Logic controller, a patent-pending control algorithm, and an integrated dashboard that allows facilities staff to monitor the overall efficiency of the chilled water system from anywhere at any time.

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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