Building Science

The Building Science program focuses on the unique challenges of building in Alaska’s extreme and diverse climates. Researchers study the performance and economics of various building techniques and products in the lab and in the field. Specific research focus areas include thermal performance and moisture control in the building envelope and the thermal interactions between foundations and frozen ground.

The Building Science team is staffed with mechanical engineers and physical scientists that collectively have broad backgrounds in heat and mass transfer, arctic engineering, data acquisition and management, material science, research design, and project management. We have experience using WUFI and TEMPW software. 

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Cold Climate Window Insulation Evaluation Analysis of insulation technique that places foam board on exterior portion of double-pane window
Little Ventilation Project Looking at ventilation systems that can improve indoor air quality in small homes while limiting energy use.
Slab-on-Grade Foundation Best Practices An evaluation of best practices for insulating under slab-on-grade foundations
Vacuum Insulated Panel Test CCHRC is testing how Vacuum Insulated Panels can be assembled to achieve extremely high R-values in cold climate homes.
Designs for Rural Alaska Walls Monitoring CCHRC demonstration homes for efficiency and moisture infiltration several years after construction.