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Division 17800 is the Building Automation Industry.

A review with pointers to the proposed Division 17


Control Solutions, Inc

I have heard about Division 17 for Building Automation since I was a young lad in the industry, and a few months ago I was introduced to the www.division17.net  web site, but recently I received this email from Steve Thomas, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Steve asked; Please take the time to research this a bit -- I would think it would be appropriate as a major news item on your page. The presentation to the CSI board will take place on November 2 -- and a decision could be made as early as December.

CSI is the Construction Specifications Institute

Steve's email follows
Ken: I wondered whether or not you had heard that the Construction Specifications Institute is giving serious consideration to creation of a new division in the MasterFormat. This would be a Division 17 and would include telecommunications, wiring, BAS and access control and security. The current name for the proposed category is "Technology and Communication Systems" or TACS.

Information can be found at www.division17.com and www.division17.net.

Johnson Controls believes that the building automation industry should strongly support this proposal and we are trying to get the word out.

All of us in the BAS world know that there is much more technology available than is currently being used in most buildings. Part of the reason is that the official construction/specification format groups BAS and related technology under mechanical (DIVISION 15), electrical (DIVISION 16) and/or specialty (DIVISION 13). This almost always places us in a bidding situation where we are subcontractors to the subcontractors. A technology division in the CSI MasterFormat would give us an opportunity to be at the table during the design phase of a project -- and would elevate BAS technology to a more realistic position at least equal to the mechanical and electrical specification.

Please take the time to research this a bit -- I would think it would be appropriate as a major news item on your page. The presentation to the CSI board will take place on November 2 -- and a decision could be made as early as December.

Steve Thomas Johnson Controls, Inc.

Here are some overview items I extracted from  www.division17.net  

Division 17 is the proposed model. It can be used to organize a comprehensive set of performance specifications and series of Technology drawings that effectively organize:

CatNet Systems Front End Requirements
17000 General Requirements
17100 Cable Plant
17200 LAN
17300 Voice
17400 Audio/Video
17500 WAN
17600 Architectural, Electrical and Mechanical Systems
17700 Intra Building Communication Systems
17800 Building Automation and Control
17900 Security, Access and Surveillance

Division 17 has been developed to allow it to serve as a comprehensive stand-alone model or as an addition to the existing MasterFormatTM. The reason for the dual approach to developing the model was to address current and near term issues, as well as evolving and future issues.

A complete draft of the Division 17 Model can be downloaded from www.division17.net.

Section 17800 - Building Automation and Control (13800)
17800 Building Automation Overview
17810 Energy Monitoring
17820 Lighting Control
17830 Environmental Control
17840 Elevator Monitoring
17850 Door Controls
17860 Detection & Alarm (13850)
17870
17880
17890

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