San Jose, Calif.-based LonMark International (LMI), a non-profit member trade association recognized as the 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 GreenLink Alliance, the Mount Crawford, Vt.-based nonprofit trade association focused on promoting products and services that help to conserve energy in the built environment.

The partnership provides a platform for bringing together LonMark’s 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 International, 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 members to implement practical, cost-effective intelligent control systems, says Ron Bernstein, executive director of LonMark International. “This alliance between LonMark and GreenLink will foster ongoing efforts to establish incentives and legislation to encourage more energy-efficient system designs,” he says. “LonMark's members will benefit through expanding opportunities via governmental incentives to use open, interoperable solutions.”