Policy Research Projects

ARIS Development CCHRC manages the Alaska Retrofit Information System (ARIS) for AHFC. The ARIS database includes info on size, cost, energy use, and more for over 75,000 housing units in Alaska. It is a valuable tool for housing and energy policies and programs.
Weatherization & Rebate Program Impacts Report An overview of the impacts of the Home Energy Rebate and Weatherization programs and success in accomplishing legislative goals:
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.

AKWarm Modernization and Improvements CCHRC contracted with Arctic Energy Systems to develop computer software that calculates the design heating load of a home in order to properly size a home heating system. The free online program can be used by contractors and homeowners to model and plan the components of their house.
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.

Alaska Housing Assessment

This report is an overview of the current characteristics of Alaska's housing stock at many levels: statewide, by region, census area, and community.

BEES Studies CCHRC conducts economic analyses of AHFC's energy efficiency standards, known as Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES). This looks at the construction costs and maintenance costs of meeting the standards and quantifies the savings in areas like energy, heath, and safety.
Building Six Star Homes in Anchorage This project looked at ways to incentive builders to construct more high-efficiency homes in Anchorage.
Building Usage Data System (BUDS) Projects

We produced a data collection and usage visualization package designed to be the standard for energy raters and auditors in Alaska.

Energy Efficiency Program & Policy Recommendations

This project is a comprehensive review and analysis of the energy efficiency policies and programs in the State of Alaska. The final report was completed in 2008 and many of the recommendations were implemented.

Energy Use in Alaska's Public Facilities

This is the first in-depth picture of the energy use of Alaska public buildings based on comprehensive energy audits of 327 public facilities. The average building can save $25,000 per year on energy just by modest investments in efficiency.

Fairbanks Nonprofit Retrofit Pilot

This pilot project helps Alaska nonprofits save money by making their buildings more energy efficient. The goal is to help the nonprofit sector substantially reduce its energy costs so organizations can spend more on their mission.

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.
Mountain View Housing Study

This study evaluated new homes built by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) and a local contractor that are heated with boilers or furnace. Researchers examined the energy efficiency, homeowner comfort, indoor air quality, and humidity control of the homes. The project is jointly funded by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority and CCHRC.

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.
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 initiat