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Lutron Strengthens Building Automation Leadership Position, Receives 2013 BACnet International Fox Hound Award

Lutron recognized for contributions to the BACnet International community

Coopersburg, PA (January 14, 2013)Lutron Electronics, the leader in energy-saving, wireless light and shade control, is solidifying its leadership position in the building automation community. Lutron was recently honored by BACnet International with the Fox Hound Award during the annual “Leaders of the Pack” gala in Las Vegas, Nev.

BACnet is a communications protocol that allows communication of building automation and control systems for applications such as heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control, lighting control, access control, as well as fire detection systems and their associated equipment.

According to BACnet International officials, the Fox Hound Award goes to a company that quickly and stealthily came up from behind in BACnet International. In the last two years, Lutron joined BACnet International as a silver member, and participated in both PlugFest events and on BACnet International’s Education Committee. Lutron recently achieved the BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) Listing for its Quantum total light management system processor, thus firmly establishing the company as an early adopter and pioneer in virtual BACnet networks.

“This is the time when we recognize individuals who through their hard work and dedication continually enrich this organization,” said Andy McMillan, President of BACnet International. “Within the BACnet International community, there are members who consistently go above and beyond to make BACnet an effective and successful building automation standard and we are proud to recognize them as ‘Leaders of the Pack.’ Please join me in thanking Lutron for their unfailing devotion and service to BACnet International and the BACnet standard,” said McMillan.

Lutron’s Quantum system has been successfully integrated with many of the leading building management system providers such as Alerton, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider, Siemens, Trane, Tridium, and others, to provide building operators with a common operating picture of their building. Lutron systems have been integrated via BACnet on numerous projects, including Amgen, the Jackson Federal Building, Johnson Controls headquarters, MidFirst Bank, and Princeton University.

“Integrating our Quantum total light management system with a Building Automation System (BAS) gives facility managers easier access to building data and provides the potential for enhanced energy savings and optimization,” said Mark Jenner, new business alliances director at Lutron. “BACnet is a key enabler to provide facility managers with a ‘single pane of glass’ for managing their different building systems. We are proud to be recognized as an industry leader and will continue to work with leading BAS companies to enhance our capabilities. We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers this powerful benefit.”

About Lutron Electronics (
Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics is headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Lehigh Valley. From dimmers for the home, to lighting management systems for entire buildings, the company offers more than 17,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In the US alone, Lutron products save an estimated 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. The company’s early inventions— including the first solid-state dimmer invented by Lutron’s founder, Joel Spira—are now at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

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. 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.