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The ERC Guide

Introduction

The mission of the Energy Resource Center (ERC) is to serve as a one-stop "idea shop," where customers can find the most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sensitive solutions to their energy needs.

About the ERC

Designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an "Energy Star" Building, Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center is a model of advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive building technology. The ERC showcases innovations in resource-efficient designs, materials and equipment to help businesses make informed choices about energy consumption and conservation.

The Center measures 44,572 square feet and includes a 10,000-square-foot main exhibit hall capable of accommodating over 700 people. A dozen specialty rooms are available for meetings, workshops, demonstrations and presentations. Taking their themes from key topics in the energy industry, these rooms highlight Air Quality, Combustion, Climate Control, Industrial Process Technology Room (for industrial process applications), Residential New Construction, Food Service Equipment, Natural Daylighting and Natural Gas Vehicles.

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The ERC also provides technical assistance, computerized equipment simulations, and air quality and environmental permitting assistance.

About the ERC's Audience

The projected audience for ERC services includes 215,000 commercial and industrial customers. The ERC is designed to assist:

  • Commercial and industrial businesses
  • Energy management specialists
  • Facility and plant managers
  • Utility experts
  • Engineers
  • Professional and trade associations
  • Architects and designers
  • Technical and marketing professionals
  • Contractors
  • Energy supply and service companies
  • Residential, commercial and industrial developers and builders
  • Independent power producers
  • Fleet vehicle owners and operators
  • Manufacturers
  • Hotel and restaurant managers
  • Energy/environmental organizations
  • Technical/trade school programs

About the ERC's Goals

The goal of the ERC is to become recognized as the resource for energy-related information by providing ongoing programs and services targeted to energy decision-makers. This will be accomplished by offering the latest economical, energy-saving and environmentally sound knowledge available to help businesses operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.

The ERC advances energy efficiency and environmental innovation, not only in the technologies it exhibits, but also in the design and construction of the building itself. By incorporating the latest in energy-efficient lighting, cooling and architectural design techniques, the ERC minimizes energy, water and materials consumption while creating a high-quality, high-performance space.

About This ERC Guide

Featuring over 60 resource-efficient technologies and materials, the ERC is a model of environmental building design. This ERC Guide documents the many energy and resource-efficient features incorporated into the design and operation of the ERC. It is intended to serve as a teaching tool and resource for individuals involved in the design, construction and retrofit of new and existing facilities.

The ERC Guide is divided into six main topic areas: this Introduction, a Summary of Features and Benefits, Energy Efficiency, Resource Conservation, Indoor Air Quality, and a Postscript. Collectively, these sections present an overview of the "sustainable design" features in the building. They just begin to whet the appetite of a builder/owner or building industry professional. The ERC offers references to many other information sources. Additional information may be found in the "ERC Materials and Technologies" database and "ERC Expert Sources" listing of contractors, equipment suppliers and vendors involved in the Center's construction. Please contact erc@socalgas.com to obtain this useful information.

ERC Building

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