Innovative Housing Design & Research
Promoting and advancing the development of healthy, durable, and sustainable shelter for Alaskans and other circumpolar people.
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.
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.