HERS Software Development

CCHRC is researching and developing guidelines for AHFC staff to use when reviewing software for acceptance as meeting the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standard. This includes developing a methodology to be used for testing the accuracy of HERS software for Alaska purposes. The purpose of this project is to create the mechanisms that allow AHFC to meet the legislative requirements of HB297 that AHFC be the certifying agency for HERS.

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Projects

AkWarm Updates CCHRC is updating AkWarm, the software used to rate the energy efficiency of Alaska homes, to account for renewable energy, heat loss characteristics, and regional variations in climate and energy.
Rebate & Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process This project evaluated AHFC's weatherization and rebate programs to determine outcomes and recommend improvements.
PM 2.5 Reduction Policy CCHRC developed a model to estimate PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources in Fairbanks and evaluated a variety of policy options aimed at reducing emissions, finding that these efforts could cut emissions in half.
4-5 Star Plus Energy Rated Homes Survey & Analysis Ivan Moore Research (IMR) of Anchorage conducted a customer survey of Four Plus and Five-Star Plus homes to determine customer satisfaction and understanding of building components.
6-Star Green Program Development CCHRC outlined a program to add 6th Star to the home rating system, which included an AkWarm energy analysis and a green building analysis a national standard for energy efficiency.