PM 2.5 Reduction Policy

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CCHRC developed a model to estimate PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources in the vicinity of Fairbanks and evaluated a variety of policy options aimed at reducing emissions. The analysis concluded that a combination of policy options could result in reduced PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources of to 422 tons/year, or 52 percent.

The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the occurrence of fine particles 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) because of health risks associated with breathing air in which PM2.5 is concentrated. PM2.5 is created by combustion of fossil fuels and wood, in various manufacturing processes, and also from road dust and forest fires.

CCHRC developed a model to estimate PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources in the vicinity of Fairbanks and evaluated a variety of policy options aimed at reducing emissions. The analysis concluded that a combination of policy options could result in reduced PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources of to 422 tons/year, or 52 percent. The study was commissioned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough. 

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.
HERS Software Development CCHRC is researching and developing guidelines for AHFC staff to use when reviewing software for compliance with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standard.
Rebate & Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process This project evaluated AHFC's weatherization and rebate programs to determine outcomes and recommend improvements.
Remediation of Smoke Particles in Fairbanks Homes In the summer of 2004, this project was initiated in response to and in
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.