Because BACnet has become the preferred choice for integrating building systems, controlling energy costs, and future-proofing commercial and institutional facilities, it is important for the certification process to be common across all countries
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 6, 2009
BACnet International and the BACnet User Group Europe (BIG-EU) today announced that they have agreed to combine their BTL listings to create a single global listing of BACnet tested products to be hosted on BACnet International's Web site beginning on July 1st, 2009. The product listing site will be located at: http://www.bacnetinternational.org/btl/.
The new agreement also allows both groups to conjointly shape the test specifications for BTL testing and listing.
Because of additional European governmental directives and requirements, the BIG-EU will still work with European-based companies on the BACnet certification process and will list those certifications on their Web site. In addition, the BIG-EU will maintain the open product catalog of BACnet-based products -- whether or not they have been tested, BTL listed, or certified - and include a data sheet for each. The open product catalog can be found here: http://www.big-eu.org/catalog/index.php?lang=eng.
"Because BACnet has become the preferred choice for integrating building systems, controlling energy costs, and future-proofing commercial and institutional facilities, it is important for the certification process to be common across all countries," said Volker Röhl, BIG-EU president. Mr. Röhl continued, "Our organization has been working very well with BACnet International for a number of years under the previous agreement and the new agreement will undoubtedly strengthen our relationship as well as improve the value of the BACnet protocol."
Beginning on July 1, 2009, BACnet International will coordinate the registered BACnet Testing Laboratory (BTL), which will manage the testing and listing process and will grant the right to use the BTL logo. Product vendors do not have to be sponsors of BACnet International to have their products tested and listed but sponsors receive substantial discounts on listing fees. Information regarding listing fees can be found at http://www.bacnetinternational.org.
Andy McMillan, President of BACnet International and President/CEO of Teletrol Systems commented on the significance of the announcement, "the agreement on cooperative listing will greatly improve the impact of the BTL logo and assure its continued success around the world." Mr. McMillan added, "This is further evidence of the larger and more significant role the BACnet protocol is playing in building management. The common listing will benefit the memberships of both BACnet International and the BACnet Interest Group Europe and will also help prospective building operators quickly find BACnet solutions."
For more information about BACnet International membership and the BTL testing and listing process, please visit: http://bacnetinternational.org/btl.
About BACnet® International
BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet® protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs, and promotional activities. The BACnet standard was developed by ASHRAE and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world. BACnet International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing installation, commissioning, and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication. For more information, please visit http://www.BACnetinternational.org.
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