BACnet®, the building controls standard published by ASHRAE, has moved a step closer to becoming an international and European standard. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2001, BACnet—Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks, is being considered as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and as a European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standard. "This is important in the marketplace because in Europe, public projects are required to follow CEN standards," Steve Bushby, chair of the 135 committee said. "This would give a market boost to BACnet technology in Europe. In addition, ISO standard status is particularly important in Asian markets. China and Japan are both growth areas for BACnet technology and ISO standard status will stimulate that growth."