BrHEAThe Evaluation

 

Two of the greatest challenges in rural housing are high energy costs and poor ventilation. In an effort to address these issues CCHRC developed the BrHEAThe system in 2011. BrHEAThe combines heating and ventilation into one distribution system to provide fresh air and space heating to homes.  Since development, it has been installed in homes in Anaktuvuk Pass, Fairbanks, Galena, Buckland, Point Lay, Brevig Mission, Minto, Bethel, and Tanana. This project documents the history of BrHEAThe from 2011 to the present, including design changes and user experiences. It also evaluates the performance of the BrHEAThe system at the University of Alaska Fairbanks over the winter of 2017-2018.

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Development of BrHEAThe

BrHEAThe instruction video

BrHEAThe at the Sustainable Village

 

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Projects

Garage Wall Analysis CCHRC is looking at attached garages to see if they adequately prevent pollutants from entering the house.
BrHEAThe with Air Source Heat Pump CCHRC is testing how an air source heat pump can be integrated into a heating and ventilation system in high efficiency homes.
Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) in Cold Climates Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) are whole house ventilation systems that exchange stale indoor air with fresh outside air, recovering both heat and moisture from the indoor air to save energy. They have the potential to improve indoor air quality in a cold dry climate like Interior Alaska.
Kenai Indoor Air Quality Study This project examined the most common causes of indoor air quality problems in Southcentral Alaska by monitoring 100 homes for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, temperature, relative humidity, and radon.
Mold Survey A survey of mold problems in Alaska Native housing looked at 73 regional or village housing authorities in Alaska and documented over 1700 apartments or homes with some degree of mold problem.