Incentivizing Cold-Climate Efficiency in Juneau

This pilot program looks at home energy efficiency retrofits and air source heat pump installations to evaluate the best options for the community to attain its 80% renewable energy goal by 2045. Households will be divided into three groups. a control group a ductless heat pump-only retrofit group a comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit group, which…

Buckland Alaska

Buckland Healthy Homes

The Buckland Healthy Homes project, led by the Native Village of Buckland, will provide comprehensive home-based healthy homes intervention services in Buckland, Alaska. The primary purpose of the project is to improve the quality of life, health, and safety of residents. The Native Village of Buckland is a traditional Inupiaq community that depends on caribou,…

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Community Sustainability Models

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Community Sustainability Models CCHRC worked with WHPacific and Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative to create community sustainability models for villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The goal was to identify shared services in areas such as health, transportation, education, sanitation, housing and energy that could reduce the cost of living in the region, and…

Mountain Village Small Home Design

Mountain Village Small Home Design CCHRC is working with the Asa’carsarmiut Tribal Council in the lower Yukon community of Mountain Village to design a small “starter home” as an alternative to the standard 3-bedroom home found in most of rural Alaska. The home will be geared toward young couples, elders, and singles and can expand…

Chefornak Head Start Building

Chefornak Head Start Building CCHRC is helping design a new Head Start building for Chefornak, a Yup’ik village of roughly 400 in southwest Alaska. Chefornak sits on the Kinia River, just a little upriver from the Bering Sea, in a region that has become extremely susceptible to erosion in recent years as sea ice retreats…

Insulation Monitoring in Tununak

Insulation Monitoring in Tununak This project looks at the moisture performance of a thick truss wall with blown-in fiberglass insulation over 2 years in a wet, windy climate. With cold winters and wind-driven rain and snow, the climate of southwest Alaska is harsh on houses. The most likely point of building failure is moisture-driven, as…

Engineering Research Center Planning

Engineering Research Center Planning The Alaska Center for Energy and Power initiated an effort to develop an Arctic Engineering Research Center (ERC) in Alaska that would work with communities facing challenges of a warming climate. The ERC would provide tools and resources to help communities decide whether or not to relocate. CCHRC advised on housing…