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  1. What is the ClimateTalk Alliance?
  2. What is the ClimateTalk Alliance Specification?
  3. Why are standards important?
  4. Where is the ClimateTalk Alliance focused?
  5. Aren't other organizations addressing these issues?
  6. Will the ClimateTalk Alliance cooperate with other standardization bodies or other initiatives in the industry?
  7. Will the ClimateTalk Alliance develop and manage a certification mark?
  8. Can anyone use the certification mark?
  9. How can I obtain a copy of the ClimateTalk Specification?
  10. I have questions about the ClimateTalk Alliance Specification, where can I learn more?
  11. Who are the members of the ClimateTalk Alliance?
  12. What are the levels of membership available in the ClimateTalk Alliance?
  13. Can I join as a ClimateTalk Alliance Board member?
  14. Who should join the ClimateTalk Alliance?
  15. How will ClimateTalk Alliance get its work done?
  16. How can I participate in the steering committees and work groups?
  17. How often and where will member or working group meetings be held?
  18. When can the market expect to see products using the ClimateTalk specification?
  19. How can I stay in touch with ClimateTalk news and information?
  20. Who should I contact with questions?

  1. What is the ClimateTalk Alliance?
    The ClimateTalk Alliance was formed in November 2009 and is a non-profit open alliance of leaders and industry participants in the HVAC and Smart Grid ecosystem. Its mission is to enable interoperability of HVAC and Smart Grid devices as a means of saving energy and improving user comfort in the residential market for all stakeholders.

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  2. What is the ClimateTalk Alliance Specification?
    ClimateTalk is a way for multiple types of devices to communicate using a common messaging structure over any physical medium. It is designed to connect different types of energy appliances using a common language, referred to as the Common Information Model.

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  3. Why are standards important?
    Certified, standards-driven products and solutions increase competition, improve performance and provide greater choices in purchase decisions. The ClimateTalk Alliance's multi-lateral, cross-ecosystem approach will enable greater interoperability and communications amongst HVAC, water heater and Smart Grid devices.

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  4. Where is the ClimateTalk Alliance focused?
    The ClimateTalk Alliance is primarily focused on the residential HVAC, water heater and Smart Grid ecosystem.

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  5. Aren't other organizations addressing these issues?
    There is no other open communications protocol or industry group today that is focused on solving interoperability specifically for residential HVAC equipment.

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  6. Will the ClimateTalk Alliance cooperate with other standardization bodies or other initiatives in the industry?
    Yes. The ClimateTalk Alliance will liaise with existing standards bodies, industry forums and government agencies. The Alliance will review the smart grid application landscape and develop partnership agreements with related Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) as applicable.

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  7. Will the ClimateTalk Alliance develop and manage a certification mark?
    Yes, the ClimateTalk Alliance is planning a certification and compliance testing program and will develop a certification mark.

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  8. Can anyone use the certification mark?
    No. Only ClimateTalk Alliance members will have this right, and only if their products have passed the defined test and certification procedures. Use of the mark will be strictly governed by guidelines provided by the ClimateTalk Alliance.

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  9. How can I obtain a copy of the ClimateTalk Specification?
    You can obtain the specification on the ClimateTalk Alliance here. A company that plans to develop or manufacture a product using the ClimateTalk specification must become a member of the Alliance.

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  10. I have questions about the ClimateTalk Alliance Specification, where can I learn more?
    You may contact the ClimateTalk Alliance at help@climatetalkalliance.org.

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  11. Who are the members of the ClimateTalk Alliance?

    The ClimateTalk Alliance includes HVAC, water heater and Smart Grid hardware, software, control, and zoning equipment manufactures and anyone interested in providing energy solutions to the residential market.

    To see the ClimateTalk Alliance's member list and to learn more about joining, visit our JOIN page.

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  12. What are the levels of membership available in the ClimateTalk Alliance?
    The ClimateTalk Alliance offers three levels of membership. Membership privileges and fees vary by participation level. View Membership Benefits.

    • Promoter
    • Contributor
    • Adopter

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  13. Can I join as a ClimateTalk Alliance Board member?
    The ClimateTalk Alliance has a defined number of Board seats. When and if vacancies exist on the Board, the ClimateTalk Alliance will follow a defined process to fill these vacancies. Please contact the Executive Director for further information.

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  14. Who should join the ClimateTalk Alliance?

    • Any company interested in developing products that provide both reduction in energy consumption and improve comfort and consumer experience.
    • Any company committed to providing long term interoperability of residential HVAC, water heater and Smart Grid devices.
    • Any company seeking to influence and participate in shaping the future of an open communications standard for HVAC, water heater and Smart Grid Products.
    • Any company that recognizes the benefit of working with industry leaders and innovators in the smart grid ecosystem.

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  15. How will ClimateTalk Alliance get its work done?
    The ClimateTalk Alliance has established Steering Committees and Work Groups to develop specifications, test materials formal certification programs, marketing, communications, and other core activities. These Work Groups will perform much of the work, through transparent processes and procedures, and the ClimateTalk Alliance Board will provide final approval.

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  16. How can I participate in the Steering Committees and Work Groups?
    You can participate in accordance with the rights and privileges of the membership level at which you choose to join.

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  17. How often and where will member or working group meetings be held?
    The ClimateTalk Alliance will hold two member meetings per year. Committees and working groups will meet regularly, either face to face and/or electronically, to accomplish their goals.

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  18. When can the market expect to see products using the ClimateTalk specification?
    ClimateTalk is the standard that simplifies installation, provides autoconfiguration as well as advanced diagnostics for the following premium HVAC systems;

    For more information, visit the applicable websites or contact your local dealer.

    There are many additional products being developed for connecting water heaters, integrating zoning controls and providing external communications for remote access and/or Smart Grid connectivity.

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  19. How can I stay in touch with ClimateTalk news and information?
    Please complete our  Interest Signup Form.

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  20. Who should I contact with questions?
    Please contact help@climatetalkalliance.org

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