BACnet - The Global Standard for Building Automation and Control Networks

BACnet - The Global Standard for Building Automation and Control Networks

by H. Michael Newman, Cornell University, published in 08/05/2013.

Print ISBN:9781606502884 | E-Book ISBN: 9781606502907 | 358 Pages. Buy Book – by Publisher | on Amazon | ASHRAE Bookstore | Barnes & Noble

This book explains how BACnet can be used to manage heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigerating, lighting, fire control, and alarm systems.

The main objective of the book is to bridge the gap between what the standard prescribes and the reasons behind the prescriptions. Knowing why the standard is written the way it is can be a great help in understanding how it all fits together!

This book should be useful to all members of the BACnet community including data communication and software engineers, building systems engineers, contractors, architects, building operators, and facilities managers.

Highlights include:

  • A review of the history of BACnet and its essential features, including the object model, data links, network technologies and BACnet system configurations
  • Comprehensive coverage of services including object access, file access, remote device management and BACnet-2012's new alarm and event capabilities
  • Insight into future directions for BACnet, including wireless networking, network security, the use of IPv6, extensions for lifts and escalators, and a new set of BACnet Web Services
  • Extensive Reference Appendices for all Objects and Services; and Acronyms and Abbreviations - Further information can be found at the publisher's website,, the ASHRAE Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
Digital Twin in Building Automation with BACnet (E-Book)

Digital Twin in Building Automation with BACnet (E-Book)

By Hans R. Kranz, Dr. Rupert Fritzenwallner
Publisher: cci Dialog; October 2019, 156 pages
Language: German | ISBN 978-3-922420-66-8

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The technical publication "Digital Twin in Building Automation with BACnet" provides guidance on how to ensure integral planning, optimal construction and optimal operation of building automation. The central building block is the GA function list according to EN ISO 16484-3, which is available in Excel format and is accepted in the industry. The output of the planning process is integrated into the GA function list, as is the output of the realization process. This digital twin in building automation can be used throughout all phases of a building's life cycle. Various supporting planning and engineering tools are presented. The technical book explains the procedure in great detail using the requirements of a large Austrian operator of numerous real estate properties as an example.

The authors
Dr. Rupert Fritzenwallner is Head of Construction Applications Division in the Information, Communication Technology & Cybersecurity Centre in the Federal Ministry of Defense of the Austrian Armed Forces. He operates about 30 IT services with a focus on facility management. Dipl.-Ing. Hans R. Kranz VDI has put his heart and soul into TGA for 59 years. In 1983 he was the initiator for the development of the first GA communication protocol and in 1990 for the introduction of the standardized GA functions. He is the author of the first BACnet book in German, which is now available in the BACnet Building Automation 1.19 version.

The target groups
Operator, planner, plant manufacturer, manufacturer

BACnet Gebäudeautomation 1.19 (E-Book) - Grundlagen in deutscher Sprache (In German)

von Hans R. Kranz, BACnet Gebäudeautomation
Verlag: cci Dialog; Auflage: 3., Dritte vollständig überarbeitete
Language: German | ISBN: 978-3-922420-53-8

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BACnet, the manufacturer-neutral, interoperable building automation protocol has become an indispensable facility in the building industry. The main interests of the building owner, such as investment protection and energy efficiency, are in the focus. The world standard for GA, DIN EN ISO 16484, contains the data communication protocol BACnet(R) as part 5.
Since the 2nd edition of the title "BACnet Building Automation 1.4" in 2006, BACnet has developed considerably further. It now includes the integration of lighting control, hazard detection technology, access control, load control and the preparation of smart grid / smart metering.
The book describes "BACnet 2011" (Version 1, Revision 12) with BACnet/IP, Web Services, ZigBee (wireless) and Network Security in an understandable way. It points out:

  • what BACnet is and can do
  • what building automation with BACnet is used for
  • how it is (correctly) used
  • its interaction with LON, KNX/EIB and the Internet
  • how BACnet is described in a tender
  • where are the limits?
  • how open "open interoperable GA systems" can really be

The book builds on the basics of the technical book "Balow, Systeme der Gebäudeautomation" (cci Dialog GmbH) and introduces the secrets of communication and network technology.