Three Reasons to Read the New BICSI Intelligent Building Design Standard

Alissa Boleky, director of marketing and business development at Anixter, shares three reasons that you should read the new BICSI 007 standard for intelligent building design.

For more information on this topic, read our TECHbrief on BICSI 007.

Transcript: Three Reasons to Read the New BICSI Intelligent Building Design Standard

Hi, I’m Alissa Boleky.

Data communications in local area networking applications have witnessed an unprecedented evolution over the last 30 years. Today, a building’s structured cabling system provides the foundation for the delivery of information across a wide range of network-enabled devices.

A new Intelligent Building Design standard was recently released by BICSI, the professional association at the forefront of standards development and training in the information and communication technology industry. The new ANSI-approved BICSI 007 standard provides guidance on the design and implementation of structured cabling, building automation, intelligent lighting and remote powering systems that are key components of smart building design.

Here are three reasons to familiarize yourself with this document:

First, it addresses the needs of the communications infrastructure for intelligent buildings. By leveraging the requirements that can be found in existing industry standards such as the TIA-862-B and the ISO/IEC 11801-6, the BICSI 007 standard outlines best practices for planning technology spaces, pathways, topology and media selection associated with the structured cabling system.

Second, it includes specific design recommendations for the building power distribution, building management systems and converged network applications that ensure that the building is flexible enough to accommodate changes in technology and the needs of its occupants. For example, the concept of zone cabling is addressed. Zone cabling utilizes a horizontal connection point between the telecommunication room and the service outlet. This cabling design facilitates moves, adds and changes of IP-enabled device sensors, control panels, intelligent lighting, surveillance cameras and wireless access points.

Third, BICSI-007 addresses an emerging application of note: lighting controls. Various lighting topologies are identified within the standard. These include dimming racks, modular lighting control modules, hardwired digital addressable lighting interface controls, and extra-low-voltage lighting control utilizing low-watt remote powering schemes such as Power-Over-Ethernet.

Of course, there is much more in BICSI 007 to unpack. I invite you to read our TECHbrief on this topic for more information. You can also learn more about smart building infrastructure design by requesting a free copy of our best practices report at