Research & Technologies

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center studies many aspects of the built environment, including building practices and components, energy systems, indoor air quality, user behavior, and housing policy. We focus on the most relevant building technologies and questions through physical testing, modeling, and analysis, with the goal of producing knowledge needed to advance energy efficient, affordable, culturally appropriate housing in Alaska and other circumpolar communities. 

The key areas of our research include:


Cold Climate Window Insulation Evaluation Analysis of insulation technique that places foam board on exterior portion of double-pane window
Little Ventilation Project Looking at ventilation systems that can improve indoor air quality in small homes while limiting energy use.
Slab-on-Grade Foundation Best Practices An evaluation of best practices for insulating under slab-on-grade foundations
Bath Fan Installation Best Practices Create standards for installing bath fans based on an evaluation of five Panasonic WhisperGreen units.
Garage Wall Analysis CCHRC is looking at attached garages to see if they adequately prevent pollutants from entering the house.