Jack Hébert is Founder of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. For the past 40 years, Jack has been designing and building in Interior Alaska through his companies Taiga Woodcraft and Hébert Homes. His homes and planned communities have created high-quality, well-designed, environmentally appropriate, and energy-efficient buildings, and his honors include U.S. Green Building Council Cascadia Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to sustainable building, design, and science; the State of Alaska Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design; and the Energy Rated Homes President’s Award. He has twice been honored as the Alaska State Home Builder of the Year. 

Jack has held numerous leadership roles in the home building industry in Alaska and nationally. He has been a speaker and host at many conferences, has twice addressed the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy, and moderated the Circumpolar Forum on Sustainable Shelter. His recent international presentations have included Greenland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. 


Jack believes that only through a holistic approach can we create healthy, thriving, sustainable communities. The foundation for success in adapting to this challenging time will come from the indigenous wisdom of Alaska’s first people. Working together, all Alaskans with a deep commitment to place have the talent to create a healthy future.