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Resource Center

The Pacific Energy Center is PG&E's demonstration and education center, established to help building and design professionals understand and implement state-of-the-art, energy-efficient technologies. The Energy Resource Center supports and enhances the Center's mission by supplying technical information and research assistance to building and design professionals, ESCO's and customers interested in energy efficiency solutions.

The Energy Resource Center is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 415-973-7206. You may reach the library by e-mail at MXV6@pge.com.

Energy Efficiency Topics

The Energy Resource Center (ERC) collection covers technical information on these and other energy efficiency topics:

  • Adjustable Speed Drives
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Building Controls
  • Daylighting
  • Energy Management
  • Fenestration
  • Glazing
  • HVAC
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Retrofitting
  • Solar Control
  • Thermal Storage
  • Clean Air Transportation

Ther Energy Resource Center also has a collection of informative materials on green building concepts and products, renewable energy and enviornmental issues.

Energy Resource Center Materials

Energy Resource Center materials are noncirculating and include these items:

  • Books
  • Building and fire codes
  • EPRI and CEC documents
  • General reference
  • Informational handouts
  • Manufacturers' catalog title
  • Product & topical videotapes
  • Professional & trade journals
  • Standards and other publications pertaining to energy efficiency
  • Sweet's Catalog
  • Thomas Register

Reference Research

A research specialist is available to provide research assistance for energy efficiency requests. In addition to the in-house collection, the staff can access numerous additional resources, including online databases and web-based resources. Design and building professionals, design students and those interested in energy efficiency solutions are welcome to conduct their own research using the noncirculating materials.

Software Tools

The Energy Resource Center maintains a collection of building analysis software, with demonstrations available by appointment.

On-Line Resources

A catalog of the collections at the Energy Center is available at a public access terminal in the Energy Resource Center. This database allows searching by author, title or subjects. The catalog holds information on library books and journals, Energy Center demonstrations on lighting, building enevelope and HVAC systems and the Tool Lending Library, a circulating collection on measurement instruments. A CD-ROM workstation allows clients to conduct research in energy and technology-related database files. These files provide abstracts and source citations. Files include:

  • NTIS National Technical Information Service
  • ETDE Energy Technology Data Exchange (D.O.E.)
  • ICONDA International Construction Database
  • TransText ASHRAE abstracts and 1992 Transactions
  • SweetSource A version of the traditional Sweets' manufacturer's catalogs

An internet workstation is also available with bookmark guides to energy websites. The Resource Specialist provides assistance with the collections, online resources and internet access.