Garage Wall Analysis
Roughly half the homes in Fairbanks and Anchorage have an attached garage. Many garages are filled with exhaust from vehicles and heating appliances as well as VOCs. The current building technique in Alaska is to build an exterior wall between the home and garage sealed with an air/vapor barrier, such as 6 mil polyethylene. This study asks whether this technique is effective at mimizing air exchange between the garage and the rest of the home, keeping dangerous gases out of the living space.
Research staff will develop a testing protocol and analyze 8-10 homes with attached garages. Results and recommendations will be published in a report that can inform the AKwarm energy rating software. We’ll also publish a snapshot aimed at homeowners on the effects of attached garages on indoor air quality and methods to prevent pollutants from entering the living space.