– Andy McMillan and Ken Sinclair
International and the Connections Community
The more engaged the building community is, from engineers and
architects to facility managers and owners, the faster standards and
solutions will evolve to meet their needs.
What is the status of the BACnet
McMillan: The BACnet International community is a dynamic,
group of companies and individuals that continues to grow and
evolve. BACnet International was created through the
consolidation of BACnet Interest Group North America (BIG-NA) and the
BACnet Manufacturers Association (BMA) in 2006. The far-sighted leaders
of those organizations recognized that both users and suppliers have a
strong interest in a vibrant BACnet market based on interoperable
products. To date, ASHRAE has issued over 600 BACnet Vendor IDs
and BACnet International has over 80 member companies that are a “who’s
who” of global controls manufacturers. BACnet International also
has an individual member community in excess of 7,000
Was the sole purpose of creating
BACnet International to create the BACnet Test Lab (BTL)?
McMillan: Product testing is the bedrock on which
interoperability is built so the BACnet Test Lab has been a clear focus
of BACnet International from the beginning. However, our goal of
ensuring users get maximum value from BACnet requires a lot more.
That is why BACnet International also serves as an information resource
and a growing focal point for BACnet education.
We actively disseminate the latest information about BACnet technology,
trends, projects and products through eZine and print
publications. We produce three publications to meet the various
needs of our growing community. The “BACnet International Journal” for
general BACnet information, stories and activities; “Foundations” which
is a technical, educational publication and; “Cornerstones” which
serves as a monthly touchstone to keep our community appraised of the
latest news. We also promote the use of BACnet to
consulting engineers, end
users of building automation equipment and the building automation
community at large. Our latest educational event was incorporated in
NMFT Vegas in October 2013 and we will offer additional educations
sessions at the AHR ASHRAE conference in January, 2014. To
recognize the successful BACnet implementations and community leaders,
we annually announce our “Leader of the Pack” awards.
What is the BTL Mark?
McMillan: The BTL Mark is awarded to products that
pass the globally recognized BTL conformance tests at an independent
lab. Suppliers can use the Mark on the product itself as well as
on appropriate product collateral. The Mark provides users with a
clear indication that the supplier has utilized the best available
resources for ensuring their product complies with the standard and is
committed to BACnet product interoperability.
How is a BTL Mark different from
McMillan: The BTL Mark is a visual indicator that a product
successfully completed the BTL-designated tests. The BTL listing
is an online compilation of products which have been awarded a BTL
How is this good for the building industry?
McMillan: Published, continuously refined,
tested standards are critical to improving the bid process and
integration effort by mitigating integration uncertainty. The facility
manager wins, the building owner wins, and the industry as a whole,
Do you see a new Connection
McMillan: It certainly looks that way to me. The
together of new building technologies will require more integrated
systems and the only way to achieve that is with broader and more
effective Connection Communities that engage the whole building
community including owners, architects, engineers, facility managers,
suppliers and building occupants.
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