Building Science Research
The Building Science Research program focuses on the unique challenges of building in Alaska’s extreme and diverse climates. Researchers study the performance and economics of various building systems and techniques in many different settings: in the lab, in existing homes, and in communities throughout the state.
Projects include the Mobile Test Lab, which tests how nine different wall systems react to humidity, and an economic analysis of ground source heat pumps in Alaska. This program also produces educational materials for the public like the Consumer Guide to Home Heating, a manual for homeowners that describes the heating, distribution, and control systems most common in Alaska.
The goal of the Building Science Research program is to provide builders, homeowners, and other stakeholders with information they need to improve shelter in the North.