December 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 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.
International Air-Conditioning, Heating
AHR Expo 2017
, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo)  2017

BACnet International will once again be exhibiting at the world's largest HVAC marketplace in Booth C1588 at the AHR Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 30 - February 1, 2017

BACnet International Educational Sessions:  We are sponsoring the following sessions so please plan on attending to support our member speakers and learn about BACnet!

Exact times and locations are not yet set, but if you would like any more information about these sessions, or be notified once the schedule is finalized, please email

Monday, January 30
BACnet Topics 
BACnet 101 - Introduction to BACnet 
BACnet to the Cloud: From Concept to Reality 
Unify Your Building and Reduce Energy Consumption with BACnet 
Follow the BACnet Yellow Brick Road: Panel Discussion on Major Facets of BACnet   
How Facility Managers can use BACnet to Implement an Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy 
Thing Connectivity in Your Buildings and Data Centers 

For more information about BACnet International's participation and how we can help our member exhibitors, contact David Nardone.

Discover More About the 2017 AHR Expo
Success Story
MNDOT District 4 Headquarters
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT)
Detroit Lakes, MN

The project was a retrofit of multiple building segments including office areas and shop areas. The MNDOT was also especially concerned with control of comfort levels within the building. The EC-NetAX Web-based building management platform was used for HVAC and Lighting control integration, with ECB Series controllers for control of mechanical equipment.

The project also included LonWorks ECL Series controllers for VAV control, as this allowed for re-use of fieldbus wiring in the building.

The schedule was fast tracked, with minimized downtime of equipment, as the facility was fully occupied during retrofit.

The retrofit provides additional controllability over their building, with usability allowing the facility management team to perform continuous commissioning themselves and to integrate in-house developed monitoring and control sequences.

In addition, the retrofit has provided for improved comfort levels for occupants as well as operational cost savings.

Number of Buildings: 1

Total Area:
118,000 sq. ft. 

Products / Equipment Installed: EC-Net-AX, EC-BOS, ECB Series Controllers, ECL-VAV Controllers
Systems Integrated: HVAC, VAV

Number of Devices: 40  

BACnet Manufacturer:
Distech Controls 

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
BACnet Community News
As of January 2, 2017 the BTL Listing and WSPCert Certificate programs will be merged into a single program called BTL Certification. In this new program, a single application to the BTL will provide companies with:

 - a BTL Listing,
 - a Certificate of Conformance, and
 - the right to use the BTL Mark.

Applications for a Listing or Certificate separately will no longer be available. The requirements for a product to qualify for BTL Certification are the same as was previously required for the two separate programs.

If you currently have products with Listings and/or Certifications, a representative from your company should have received an email with further details and instructions. If this notification was not received, or if you have any questions about this program, please contact David Nardone at .

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Open Call: Board of Director Nominations

BACnet International is now accepting nominations for positions on its Board of Directors. Ideal candidates for board service exemplify BACnet International's membership profile and are representative of the BACnet International community.

To nominate yourself or a colleague for a director position on the BACnet International board, please click here.

Deadline to submit Board of Director nominations is Friday, December 16, 2016 at 5pm ET.

Thank you for your participation!

According to a new market research report titled " HVAC Controls Market by System (Temperature, Ventilation, Humidity & Integrated Controls), Component (Sensors and Controllers & Controlled Devices), Revenue Source (HVAC Controls & BEMS), Application, and Geography - Global Trend and Forecast to 2022" , by the research firm Markets and Markets, the HVAC controls market is expected to reach USD 17.51 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10.8% between 2016 and 2022.

The major factors driving the HVAC controls market include the growing demand for improved energy-efficient devices and low environmental impact with the use of HVAC controls, growing number of construction activities, and increased legislation and energy management initiatives by the government for increasing the adoption of HVAC.

Factors such as the high level of efficiency through wireless controls and sensors and tax reduction from government further support the growth of the HVAC controls market.

New Official Interpretation to BACnet Standard

A new official interpretation to the BACnet standard is now available on the ASHRAE website here.  This official interpretation refers to the requirements presented in
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2016, Clause 13.3.6, regarding the direct transitions.

An official interpretation is defined as a written explanation of the meaning of a specific provision of a standard or guideline, as determined by an existing cognizant Project Committee (PC) or an Interpretation Committee (IC), in response to a written request.

For More Information

BACnet Community Products
Sierra Monitor Corporation Bridges BACnet to the Cloud

Sierra Monitor, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets, announced that its BACnet gateways, routers, and network explorers are now "IIoT-Empowered out-of-the-box" and are shipping with new software that allows customers to securely register, access, and manage their field-installed products from Sierra Monitor's FieldPoP™ device cloud.

By seamlessly and securely bridging BACnet-based facility networks to the cloud and using FieldPoP as a portal, facility managers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of industrial devices such as sensors and controllers, can remotely service and support devices and gain operational insights to improve the facility's comfort, safety and energy efficiency.

For More Information 

Innotech Releases Omni Native BACnet BEMS Controller

Innotech Controls have released their new BTL-Listed, native BACnet BEMS Controller called Omni. Described as compact, flexible and feature-rich, Omni is designed to reduce hardware and software, making Omni suitable as an all-in-one BEMS for smaller applications (like OEM), right through to a complete native BACnet network.
Omni features includes; Enhanced Native BACnet support, Programmable Points, Cross-platform web-server, Email & SMS Notifications, Battery-Backed Time-Clock with iCal Calendars, 180 Million records of on-board Data-logging, Multiple channels of programmable Ethernet and RS485 communications, HMI options, and
much more. Omni contains industry-first innovation providing benefits and savings from Installation right through to Facility Management.

Carrier® ChillerVu™ Updated Application Library

Earlier this year, Carrier released Carrier ChillerVu, a sophisticated, scalable, native BACnet control solution for chiller plant control and operation.
The application library for the Carrier ChillerVu™ has recently been updated to include several new, customer driven applications. Included in the new library is the first general release of the Carrier 23XRV Series Counterflow chiller staging algorithm.

Combining Carrier's cutting edge 23XRV screw chillers with ChillerVu's plant control
technology delivers a "plug 'n play" control solution with the i-Vu® building automation system to deliver best in class chiller plant efficiency. 
For more information on Carrier's ChillerVu plant control system, as well as the updated application library, please contact your local Carrier office.

Have some product news to share with the BACnet International Community? Contact BACnet Marketing Manager Kathleen Magee today.

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