Adapting to a Changing Arctic

Relocating a Climate-Threatened Village

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center helped a village facing coastal erosion move to a new site on a volcanic island in southwest Alaska.

In Summer 2019, 14 families from Newtok moved into new, energy efficient homes that were designed for the extremes of the Bering Sea. A lack of healthy, affordable housing is one of the great challenges facing Alaska and northern communities across the globe.

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Recent CCHRC Projects

Our projects focus on circumpolar building science, government and industry policy, building designs and technical assistance for our partners.

Within this realm, we have built sustainable prototype houses, developed innovative renewable energy systems, and produced educational publications and multimedia for builders, homeowners, and policymakers.

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A Library of Resources

Over the years, CCHRC has produced hundreds of publications, reports, building plans, newsletters and videos. As well as our popular “Ask a Builder” series of articles.

Visit our library to easily sort through years of informative resources that will help you build a sustainable and durable home in Alaska and throughout the circumpolar north.

All these resources are available in our library and are free to download.


TitleTopicYearResource Link
Alaska Housing Assessment 2018Policy2018

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Dew Point CalculatorBuilding

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Ground Source Heat Pump Performance Snapshot: Year 2Energy2015


North Slope Housing PrototypesDesign2015


Ventilation for Small Homes SnapshotVentilation2019


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