Policy Research Projects

Essential to advancing change in housing and construction is the careful participation in housing and energy policy discussions and development. CCHRC’s Policy Research Program seeks to support the organization’s mission through research, consulting, advocacy, and information systems development. Our policy projects are intimately engaged with key agencies and stakeholders so as to lay a durable foundation for energy efficiency and housing policy, which is grounded in sound building science.

: 6-Star Green Program Development
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6-Star Green Program Development

CCHRC is outlining a program to add a 6th Star to the home rating system (currently comprised of five stars). The two elements under consideration include an energy analysis using AkWarm and a green building analysis using the National Association of Home Builders Green Home Building Standard, the ASHRAE/USGBC Green Building Standard, or another standard approved by AHFC.

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: AHFC Technical Energy Advisory Committee (TEAC)
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AHFC Technical Energy Advisory Committee (TEAC)

CCHRC is tasked with organizing, facilitating, and providing support for an ad-hoc committee of seven technical professionals from the private sector. This project provides AHFC with professional technical advice and consultation as needed for developing and implementing energy-related policies and programs.

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: AKWarm Modernization
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AKWarm Modernization

CCHRC has reviewed the AKWarm software that is used during planning to determine a house’s energy usage.

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: Alaska End-use Energy Efficiency Policy Report
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Alaska End-use Energy Efficiency Policy Report

CCHRC is working on an updated and expanded set of policy recommendations for meeting Alaska’s goal of a 15% increase in energy efficiency by 2020. This builds upon the State of Alaska End-use Energy Efficiency Report, produced by CCHRC with sub-contractors Information Insight and the Rocky Mountain Institute, which provided a review of polices and a set of recommendations for end-use energy efficiency for space heating and electricity. The report covers both the residential and commercial sectors.

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: Alaska Retrofit Information System (ARIS) Development
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Alaska Retrofit Information System (ARIS) Development

CCHRC is managing the development of ARIS on behalf of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC). ARIS creates a means by which to collect, manage, access, and report on information relating to AHFC’s rebate and weatherization programs, as well as other official uses of AkWarm.

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: Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES)
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Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES)

At AHFC’s request, CCHRC is providing a host of policy advisory work on subjects such as BEES, Six Star green (discussed above), State Residential Building Codes, and State Commercial Building Codes. Work under this project will include drafting recommendations for BEES changes for public review and in response to public comments, drafting model recommendations for residential and commercial building codes, and estimating the energy efficiency resource for the State of Alaska.

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: Building Usage Data System (BUDS)
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Building Usage Data System (BUDS)

This project will produce a well-integrated, simple data collection and usage visualization package that is designed to be the standard for energy raters and auditors in Alaska.

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: Integration of Building Usage Data System (IBUDS)
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Integration of Building Usage Data System (IBUDS)

IBUDS is a companion project to BUDS (http://cchrc.org/buds) that integrates information from home energy modeling software and retrofit databases. 

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: Rebate and Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process Development (PEAP)
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Rebate and Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process Development (PEAP)

The PEAP project will evaluate AHFC’s weatherization and rebate programs to determine outcomes and develop a feedback mechanism to improve each program.  Evaluation topics will include energy efficiency, affordability, safety, and durability outcomes by region, building type, income level, and program.  Energy savings and CO2 reduction for each program will be summarized and compared by square foot, dollars invested, retrofit option, and compared to other areas in Alaska, the US, and internationally.

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