BACnet International Announces Launch of New Course on The BACnet Institute

Course provides insight and best practices for specifying BACnet products and grants CEUs

BACnet International is excited to announce the launch of its newest online course titled BACnet Device Profiles. This course explains the various BACnet device profiles and how the profiles can be effectively used to ensure the successful specification of BACnet in a Building Automation System (BAS) implementation. As with all courses on TBI, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded upon its completion. The course can be accessed on The BACnet Institute (TBI) online learning site, which provides free educational resources to assist the understanding and successful implementation of the BACnet protocol

In this new course, the purpose of each BACnet Device Profile is defined, explaining the role each plays in the context of building automation and how the profiles can be effectively combined in a specification to ensure the functionality required is achieved. While the course is geared toward specifiers, end users and integrators, other professionals in the building automation industry are encouraged to take it as well to broaden their understanding of the BACnet protocol, the specification process, and building automation.

The following are the learning objectives defined for the course:

  • Explain why Device Profiles are an important element in specifying a BACnet device.
  • Describe the basic concepts of BACnet Building Blocks (BIBBs) and how they relate to Device Profiles.
  • Recognize the name and identify the purpose of all BACnet Device Profiles.
  • Define the ways in which different profiles can be combined in a single device.
  • Explain why selecting a Device Profile may not be sufficient to fully specify the BACnet device required in a specific application.
  • Recognize and specify valid BACnet Device Profiles.

“The BACnet standard has been extended significantly over the past few years, which has extended the number of device profiles as well,” stated Andy McMillan, president and managing director of BACnet International. “So, understanding the device profiles, new and old, and how they fit in relation to the requirements of buildings is very important.”

Visit The BACnet Institute to access these courses as well as many other BACnet-related resources, including articles from various industry publications, lectures from leading industry events, and a knowledge-sharing forum. Site registration, which grants access to all of TBI resources, is free.

About The BACnet Institute

The BACnet Institute (TBI) is a global online learning environment that It is designed to serve as a central BACnet-focused resource for interactive courses, curated articles and lectures, and a collaborative forum. TBI is intended to serve the needs of the whole BACnet community including building owners and operators, system integrators, consultants, facility management professionals and product developers. It provides opportunities for participants to learn about and share innovative strategies, research, and best practices from anywhere around the world, at any time of the day. The BACnet Institute operates under the auspices of BACnet International in collaboration with other BACnet industry groups. BACnet International is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (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.