Project Haystack Awards DLR Group for Contributions to Haystack Community at ControlTrends Awards

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (February 12, 2019) — The Project Haystack Organization, a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced that DLR Group was presented the Project Haystack Award for their support of the Project Haystack open-source project and adoption of the methodology as an end user. The award was presented in front of a packed house at the 2018 ControlTrends Awards ceremony held January 13th in Atlanta during AHR Expo 2019.

DLR Group is an integrated design firm with 30 offices around the globe and over 1,200 professionals delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse projects. One of the world’s leading sustainable design firms, DLR Group’s promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients, local communities, and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and was an early adopter of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment and the China Accord.

“In the past year we have seen a significant increase in world-wide adoption of the Project Haystack methodology in the building industry, and expanding into smart devices for homes, industrial facilities, factories and agriculture,” said John Petze, Executive Director of the Project Haystack Organization. “We’re pleased to recognize DLR Group’s use of the Haystack methodology of semantic modeling and tagging, implemented through their Building Optimization and High-Performance Design practices.”

DLR Group is utilizing the Project Haystack methodology through smart building design strategies, monitoring-based commissioning, and smart energy management.

DLR Group Principal, Ruairi Barnwell, was present to accept the Project Haystack Award. “With the vast quantities of building operational data available, the use of a semantic, or tag-based, data analytics framework has become an essential tool to leverage insights that help us optimize the ongoing operations of our clients’ buildings,” said Barnwell. “We have embedded the Project Haystack methodology in the core of the building performance data analytics platform that we use to collect, analyze and visualize building performance data. This allows us to create actionable intelligence to optimize energy and indoor environmental quality, lowering energy use and elevating the human experience of the built environment.”

The Project Haystack Organization consists of Founding Member and Board Member companies Conserve It, Intel®, J2 Innovations, Legrand, Lynxspring, Siemens and SkyFoundry, and Associate Member companies Accu-Temp Systems, Altura Associates, BASSG, Bueno Systems, BuildingFit, CABA, Energy Management Association, Intellastar, Intelligent Buildings, IoT Warez, KMC Controls, KNX Association, Kodaro, sensorFact, Tridium, VRT Systems, Wattsense and Yorkland Controls, as well as numerous Project Haystack supporters and contributors like DLR Group.

More information about DLR Group is available at, at Twitter and at LinkedIn. More information about the Haystack methodology, the Project Haystack Organization and membership is available at: The Discussion Forums can be found at:

About Project Haystack

Since its formation in March of 2011, the Project Haystack Organization, a 501(c) non-profit trade association, has been providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment to address the challenge of making data self-describing using semantic modeling, also known as data tagging. The work developed by the Project Haystack member companies and community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. The Haystack methodology can be used with virtually any type of system and device data and is not tied to any vendor or communication protocol. More information about Project Haystack is available at:

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Robin Bestel
Marketing Manager
Project Haystack
John Petze
Executive Director
Project Haystack
Marc Petock
Executive Secretary
Project Haystack

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