Official Web Site of ASHRAE SSPC 135
This section provides links to a number of websites of interest. The first section lists Weblogs (or "Blogs") that deal with BACnet. The second section lists organizations involved in the development of other protocol standards. The third section lists periodicals, both electronic and hardcopy, that occasionally discuss building automation and control issues, including BACnet.
- "The BAC Cave" Bill Swan, a.k.a. "BACnet Bill", Chair of SSPC 135 from 2004 until 2008, shared his wisdom and experiences via a blog up until the time of his tragic death in 2011. The site still has some very interesting insights.
- "Steve's Software Trek" Steve Karg, Convener of the SSPC 135 Lighting Applications Working Group, frequently comments on various BACnet activities in this insightful blog. Steve is also our resident Wireshark guru for interpreting BACnet messages of all types!
- Canadian Automated Building Protocol (CAB) CAB is the result of an effort by Public Works and Government Services Canada to develop a standard protocol for Canadian government buildings (and any other buildings that might wish to make use of it). CAB, unlike most of the other protocols cited here, specifies a standardized operator interface.
- European Committee for Standardization (CEN) CEN is the standards body for the countries that belong to the European Union. CEN Technical Committee 247 has adopted BACnet as a "pre-standard" for its "Management" and "Automation" levels.
- European Installation Bus (EIB) EIB provides field-level controls for residential and non-residential buildings with free-topology, twisted-pair, peer-to-peer networking technology. EIBnet/IP is an extension of EIB using the IP network as its medium. There are EIB products for lighting, shading, HVAC, energy management, and security from more than 100 manufacturers. There are estimated to be more than 10,000,000 nodes installed world-wide in hundreds of thousands of installations.
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ISO is the standards body for the entire world. BACnet is currently under consideration by Technical Committee 205 for adoption as a global standard.
- Konnex (KNX) KNX is the European Standard EN 50090 for Home and Building Electronic Systems. KNX is EIB plus additional modes for configuration and additional media (PL, RF). The Konnex Association has more than 100 members providing products for lighting, shading, HVAC, energy management, and security as well as household appliances. BACnet Clause H.5 contains the normative BACnet-EIB/KNX mapping.
- Process Field Bus (PROFIBUS) This is a German standard, developed by Siemens, and aimed at industrial process control applications. The PROFIBUS User Association has published a "profile" for building automation.
- WorldFIP (Factory Instrumentation Protocol) WorldFIP was developed in France but is also a European standard. As its name suggests, it is primarily aimed at industrial control applications.