Residential Indoor Air Quality Study

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Ventilation is a key component of healthy indoor air quality, with a recent trend toward higher ventilation standards (reflected in the latest version of ASHRAE Standard 62.2). However, cold climate regions face the challenge of achieving healthy IAQ in homes while managing high energy costs.

This project looks at new ventilation standards and recent IAQ research to help inform homebuilders, architects, engineers, and other housing professionals. The project will include a literature review and interviews with experts and will provide recommendations for next steps in IAQ research.

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Projects

Garage Wall Analysis CCHRC is looking at attached garages to see if they adequately prevent pollutants from entering the house.
Vacuum Insulated Panel Test CCHRC is testing how Vacuum Insulated Panels can be assembled to achieve extremely high R-values in cold climate homes.
BrHEAThe with Air Source Heat Pump CCHRC is testing how an air source heat pump can be integrated into a heating and ventilation system in high efficiency homes.
BrHEAThe Evaluation In an effort to address these issues CCHRC developed the BrHEAThe system in 2011. BrHEAThe is a combined heating and ventilation system which uses one distribution system to provide fresh air and space heating to high-performance homes in cold climates.
Designs for Rural Alaska Walls Monitoring CCHRC demonstration homes for efficiency and moisture infiltration several years after construction.