I am often asked why BAS terminology is so confusing, and whether there should be a standard to address this issue. My answers to these questions are “because” and “no.” Cynicism aside, a lack of standardized BAS terminology makes it very difficult to specify, procure, and commission a BAS that meets the owner’s needs.
Standards benefit our industry greatly. BACnet is a perfect example of a standard that was needed and has helped our industry, though it is also an example of how we can never standardize BAS into complete clarity. We also cannot expect the BAS manufacturers to work together to standardize terminology that is rooted in the unique names given to their products. So, who is responsible for working through this terminology “Tower of Babel?” We all are!