There are devices and methods by which BACnet networks can be interconnected over Internet Protocol, wide-area networks. The first of two parts, this article looks at network basics, the use of IP internets to connect systems, and BACnet/IP PAD devices. By Bill Swan
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.