The Green Mechanical Council has been launched to promote energy-saving, sustainable practices in the mechanical room.

While the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program is a great success, it looks at things from an architectural and builder perspective, according to Dan Chiles, vice president of sales and marketing for Watts Radiant, contacted at ISH North America, Sept. 28-30, in Chicago. “When it gets to the mechanical room, it really offers no advice,” he said.

Chiles and another hydronics insider helped dream up the new trade group. Chiles will serve as chairman of the board. Tom Meyer, who runs Precision Hydronics Corp., a consulting firm that specializes in hydronic design and training, will be the executive director. Meyer said the group's effort will embrace significantly more than just heating.

The other officers include Vice Chairman Jerry Weiss, The ESCO Institute, which offers online training and certification for HVAC techs, and Secretary/Treasurer Walter Jann of Legend Valve & Fitting Co.

General membership will be open to wholesalers, reps, manufacturers, and contractors. For more information, visit