Our Facility

CCHRC's Research and Testing Facility is the farthest-north LEED Platinum building on earth. Our 22,000 square foot building incorporates cutting-edge building and energy technologies – such as an adjustable foundation, a ground source heat pump, a solar thermal storage system, and hundreds of sensors – as a demonstration of what’s possible in cold climate housing. Through a focus on energy efficiency and resources like solar, geothermal and biomass, the Research and Testing Facility is approaching net-zero heating in a subarctic climate.

Constructed in 2006, the Research and Testing Facility provides office and lab space for CCHRC and its partners to manage and carry out building and energy research and product testing. It also provides classroom, library, meeting, and demonstration space.

CCHRC secured over $5.2 million in public and private funds, material, and in-kind donations to design and build the RTF. This includes the construction of a 15,000 square foot facility comprised of two large test bays, office space, classrooms, a library, and space for power generation, as well as access roads, storm and waste water treatment, and water storage to support the facility. USDA-Rural Development was the most significant contributor to the original project. Without generous support from them and others, the project would not have been possible. A 8,000 square foot addition was added in 2013 to provide additional classroom, design, and collaborative space, with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Rasmuson Foundation.

LEED Platinum

In January 2011 the Cold Climate Housing Research Center was awarded the US Green Building Council's highest commercial building certification - LEED Platinum

Public Tours
Tours are offered every month on the second Thursday at 2 p.m.
Tours are free and no registration is required. The tour lasts between 1-1.5 hours. For more information, call (907) 457-3454 or email info@cchrc.org.

CCHRC has a variety of experts in building science, construction, energy use, and other fields. If you have specific questions, please set up an appointment by calling 907-457-3454.

Research and Testing Facility Building Systems

As in any building, CCHRC has a number of components that work together as a system to maximize efficiency, comfort and safety of the occupants. To learn more about each aspect of the facility, follow the links below:

Building Monitoring

Solar Thermal

Streaming Data