A Practical Introduction to the BACnet Protocol

Learn the fundamentals of the BACnet protocol using both a theoretical and practical approach

BACnet stands for “Building Automation and Control Network”.

What you’ll learn

  • Acquire an appreciation for the creation of the BACnet protocol.
  • Understand the concept of Devices, Objects and Properties within BACnet.
  • Understand the data is transferred on BACnet MS/TP and BACnet/IP networks.
  • Simulate a BACnet/IP network on a single computer using Simulation applications.
  • Simulate the reading of BACnet data via Change-Of-Value.
  • Simulate the setting of BACnet properties via Service Requests.
  • Understand the concept of BACnet Services.
  • Connect to a physical BACnet MS/TP device from a PC running a BACnet explorer application.
  • Read data from and write data to a physical BACnet MS/TP device.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 2 lectures • 6min.
  • BACnet Theory: Objects, Properties and Devices –> 6 lectures • 30min.
  • Downloading the BACnet Software Application –> 1 lecture • 4min.
  • Simulating BACnet Device Communication using Yabe –> 5 lectures • 29min.
  • BACnet Theory: Network Types –> 3 lectures • 17min.
  • Connecting to a Physical BACnet MS/TP Device –> 5 lectures • 17min.
  • Understanding BACnet Services –> 3 lectures • 18min.
  • Bonus Section – Always get the Lowest Prices for my Courses –> 1 lecture • 2min.

A Practical Introduction to the BACnet Protocol


  • Working knowledge of the process control devices in a typical Process Automation or SCADA system.
  • Basic working knowledge of the Modbus RTU protocol..
  • Basic understanding of binary systems and computer memory.

BACnet stands for “Building Automation and Control Network“.

With the issue of energy conservation on the rapid rise around the world, thousands of buildings have monitoring systems in place to measure and maximize energy efficiency. This is done by the effective centralized monitoring and control of systems like Lighting, Security, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and so much more.

The BACnet protocol is used heavily to interconnect that type of equipment in buildings so that energy efficiency goals can be achieved. Thousands of buildings in the US, Europe and around the world use BACnet.

You should get to know this protocol as it will allow you to expand your expertise and opportunities in the field of Building Automation.

There is quite a bit of info on BACnet available on the Internet, but not much showing BACnet communications in a very practical way. And that’s what I am going to do in the course.

At the end of my course, you are not only going to understand the BACnet theory but I am going to show you how to use BACnet hardware and software in my usual practical approach.