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Originally published in Interiors & Sources

02/03/2009

Partnership Encourages Lawmakers to Establish Tax Incentives and Legislation for Building Energy Efficiency

 
San Jose, CA-based LonMark Intl. (LMI), a non-profit member trade association recognized as an industry authority for certification, education, and promotion of interoperability standards for the benefit of manufacturers, integrators, and end users, recently announced its newly established, collaborative agreement with McGaheysville, VA-based GreenLink Alliance. GreenLink Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit trade association focused on promoting products and services that help to conserve energy in the built environment.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2006, the buildings sector was responsible for nearly 40 percent of the primary energy consumed in the United States. Buildings are also responsible for 40 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. These startling figures make it evident that optimizing energy performance in new, and existing, buildings will be important to reducing America's demand for energy.

The partnership provides a platform for bringing together LonMark's recognized and industry leading work in the field of open and interoperable standards with GreenLink's mission to influence policymakers to expand tax incentives for owners of existing buildings that want to improve energy efficiency using intelligent control technology. GreenLink believes that building automation systems that leverage the capabilities of the power line offer a cost effective and environmentally sound solution to retrofit legacy buildings to increase energy efficiency.

LonMark Intl., already a strong advocate for education, welcomes the opportunity for both organizations to jointly offer further education to building owners, facility managers, and the general public about the advantages of utilizing residential and commercial control technology.

"LonMark is a reputable and well-established organization and GreenLink is honored to be a strategic partner with them," says Cory Vanderpool, executive director of GreenLink Alliance. "GreenLink recognizes that interoperability and open standards are critical to further market adoption of residential and commercial building control technology."

"LonMark is committed to partnering with other organizations dedicated to educating our members to implement practical, cost-effective intelligent control systems," says Ron Bernstein, executive director of LonMark Intl. "This alliance between LonMark and GreenLink will foster ongoing efforts to establish incentives and legislation to encourage more energy efficient system designs. LonMark's members will benefit through expanding opportunities via governmental incentives to utilize open, interoperable solutions."


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