April 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 LIGHTFAIR 2017

BACnet International will be exhibiting at LIGHTFAIR, the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, in Booth 660.

LIGHTFAIR is being held May 9 - 11, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

For BACnet International members: if you are exhibiting at LIGHTFAIR 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 - Ask the Expert Forum

The recently launched BACnet Institute is an online center for BACnet educational resources and includes two discussion forums: the User Community and the Developer Community.

The User Community, or "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 education@bacnetinternational.org.
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BACnet Product News
BACnet Explorer NG - The Next-Generation BACnet Explorer
Like traditional Explorers, Sierra Monitor's  BACnet Explorer NG discovers, explores, tests, and monitors devices and data points; and logs and graphs selected points for troubleshooting purposes.

No longer restricted to being only software, the BACnet Explorer NG is a self-contained, portable device that an integrator carries in their everyday toolkit. The BACnet Explorer NG builds on the traditional network exploration capabilities by adding value-added applications to enhance and modernize system integration. Wi-Fi and Cellular capabilities enable the Explorer NG's applications to be accessible locally from any mobile device and remotely through a FieldPoP cloud interface.

Automated Logic and Lucid Announce Strategic Alliance to Create Next Generation WebCTRL® EnergyReports™ Tool
Automated Logic Corporation and Lucid announced an alliance to create the next generation of ALC's EnergyReports™ energy analysis and reporting tool, which will make it easy for owners, operators and energy managers to monitor, manage and report on building energy performance. To achieve this, the new EnergyReports tool combines building data from ALC's powerful WebCTRL® building automation system with Lucid's industry-leading BuildingOS® cloud-based energy management platform.

With the new EnergyReports tool, building owners and operators will be able to use their WebCTRL building automation system to securely push data from a single building or a portfolio of buildings to the cloud. From there, they can create graphs, charts, reports and dashboards to visualize the building data.

New Carrier High Speed BACnet Router Offered for i-Vu® Building Automation System
Carrier is pleased to announce the newest addition to its BACnet router portfolio, the high speed i-Vu® XT BACnet router. The i-Vu XT router serves as an integral component of the i-Vu building automation system, enabling simultaneous routing between BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet, BACnet MS/TP and BACnet ARCnet networks while also auto-discovering the BACnet controllers on those networks.

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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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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