An impressive example of building material reuse can be found right in our own backyard. Southern California Edison’s Energy Resource Center (ERC) is located in Downey and meant as a “one-stop idea shop where customers can find the most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sensitive solutions to their energy needs.”
Built in 1995 to replace a smaller SCE complex, the ERC managed to incorporate 62% of the former building’s materials into its makeup. Creative reuse of offsite materials can also be found here, including guns collected by the LA Sherriff’s Department which were melted down and incorporated into the building’s steel frame. The ERC hosts regular seminars and exhibitions where visitors are given a firsthand look at its energy efficient design and technology.