BACnet International Welcomed Global Test Organizations for Inaugural Gathering

Meeting covered processes and future enhancements for BACnet testing

Atlanta, GA. – November 6, 2018 – The inaugural meeting of Recognized BACnet Testing Organizations from around the world was held October 8, 2018 at The University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. This is the first time representatives from the various testing organizations, including attendees from North America, Europe and India, met face-to-face. 

The Recognized BACnet Testing Organizations are organizations recognized by BACnet International to conduct rigorous, industry standard testing to confirm products’ conformance to the BACnet standard as part of the BTL Certification Program. Products successfully completing testing can apply for a Certificate of Conformance, a BTL (BACnet Testing Laboratories) Listing and the right to use the BTL Mark on their products. 

“These testing organizations play a large role in ensuring that products on the market claiming to support the BACnet protocol do so correctly,” said Andy McMillan, president and managing director of BACnet International. “Searching the BTL Listings and looking for the BTL Mark are the best ways for users to verify that a product has been independently tested and validated. The testing process itself provides suppliers a powerful methodology of finding and eliminating implementation errors before a product reaches the market. This process reduces system integration time and money for all parties.”

Discussions at the testing organization meeting covered process improvements for the global certification process and enhanced report formats to provide users with more information, among other topics. A subsequent meeting in Germany in the Fall of 2019 is being planned.

More information on the BTL Certification Program can be found here, Testing locations and requirements can be found here.

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.