In 2014 and 2015, BACnet International and the BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) are celebrating milestones for two standards that have enabled sustainable building automation. The DIN EN ISO 16484-5 turns 10, while the ANSI/ASHRAE 135 hits the 20-year mark.

To mark these occasions and bring the message of BACnet benefits to a wider audience, BACnet International and BIG-EU are planning a worldwide anniversary road show for 2014 and 2015. Initial planning calls for stops in 12 modern cities in America, Europe and Asia. Each of the locations will feature an exhibition and provide information about open communication in building automation, the development of standardization, interoperability of BACnet devices, the BTL Mark and European Certification, as well as information about BACnet vendors and suppliers.

The open communication protocol was created to connect the proprietary building automation devices and control systems of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Under the umbrella of ASHRAE, the protocol now developed and known as protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks (BACnet) became ANSI standard in 1995. 

In 2003 and 2004, it was published as DIN EN ISO standard. Today more than 720 vendor IDs have been distributed, more than 600 devices — classified in nine profiles — “speak” BACnet and comply with the requirements of the standard.

BACnet International and BIG-EU represent global manufacturers, integrators and end users, and are committed to educating users and suppliers about the value of BACnet solutions.