The library at the Energy Center offers a collection of books, journals, codes and standards, as well as full-text documents. Customers can visit the Energy Center at 851 Howard Street in San Francisco, or they can browse the Energy Center Library Catalog to find information about available collections of books, journals, codes and standards, as well as full-text documents and related websites. For additional information or to request energy efficiency research assistance, contact the Energy Center librarian directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-973-7206.
Our facilities are available to companies, organizations and institutions for educational programs, meetings and other events directly related to energy efficiency, distributed generation and demand response.
This tool simulates the geometric relationship of the Earth to the sun for any site location, season or time of day. The tabletop represents the Earth’s ground plane and tilts relative to a spotlight, which represents the sun. Using an architectural model, the Heliodon can simulate shading, solar access and inferred/calculated radiation of a building site, assuming clear sky conditions. The integrated camera and software capture still frames and time-lapse videos of interior and exterior building surfaces.
The Heliodon tool reveals areas of exterior and interior building surfaces that are in direct sun or shadow. A Heliodon session can identify opportunities for energy savings through climate-responsive architectural design. Designers can use the information they receive to bring daylight into a building while controlling glare, and reduce heating and cooling loads for low-energy use design strategies.
The Overcast Sky Simulator is used to analyze the impact of diffuse daylight in terms of measured daylight factors and subjective analysis of daylight distribution. It uses high-color temperature fluorescent lights and mirrored interior walls to mimic an overcast sky condition known as the International Overcast Sky. Under fully overcast conditions, the location of the sun is not visible as sunlight is fully diffused and the sky is three times brighter directly overhead than at the horizon.
The Lighting Classroom offers various bulbs, down lighting and scenes for demonstrating lighting technology, color theory and lighting design.
The Lighting Classroom is available by appointment only for design professionals and professional organizations. To make an appointment to use the Lighting Classroom, contact the Energy Centers’ Event Planning staff by sending an email to email@example.com or by submitting a request.
The Food Service Technology Center is an industry leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing. It is funded by PG&E and operated by Fisher-Nickel, Inc., which has developed standard testing methods for evaluating commercial kitchen appliance and system performance.