Buckland Alaska

Buckland Healthy Homes

The Buckland Healthy Homes project, led by the Native Village of Buckland, will provide comprehensive home-based healthy homes intervention services in Buckland, Alaska. The…

Mountain Village Small Home Design

Mountain Village Small Home Design CCHRC is working with the Asa’carsarmiut Tribal Council in the lower Yukon community of Mountain Village to design a…

Chefornak Head Start Building

Chefornak Head Start Building CCHRC is helping design a new Head Start building for Chefornak, a Yup’ik village of roughly 400 in southwest Alaska.…

Arctic Walls

Arctic Walls: an R-60 double wall The Arctic Wall is a double-wall system with a thick layer of cellulose insulation that is designed to…

Boiler Basics

Boiler Basics Today’s boilers offer a wide range of customized options to maximize efficiency, and Alaska’s climate justifies paying for the most efficient system…

Maintaining Your Crawlspace

Maintaining Your Crawlspace Crawlspaces are an area of the house that tend to get neglected.  The old adage “Out of sight out of mind”…

UAF Sustainable Village

Planning a Home

The Foundation This is your best chance ever to get it right, so know your soils and build accordingly. Good site drainage and foundation…

Building Science Calculators

Building Science Calculators TitleTopicTypeResource LinkDew Point CalculatorBuildingCalculators, External LinksVisit Website Domestic Hot Water CalculatorBuildingCalculatorsDownload Frost Protected Shallow Foundation Insulation CalculatorBuildingCalculators, External LinksVisit Website Solar…

Biomass Greenhouse Handbook

Biomass Greenhouse Handbook CCHRC produced a handbook for school districts and other organizations about how to build and operate a biomass-heated greenhouse.  The project…

Arctic Wall Study

Vapor Diffusion-Open Walls Study CCHRC monitored the performance of Fairbanks builder Thorsten Chlupp’s passive solar home over one year. The superinsulated house demonstrates innovative…

LED Lighting Analysis

LED Lighting Analysis Fluorescent lighting dominates in public facilities and commercial buildings because it is relatively efficient and widely available. Yet LED (light emitting…

Tununak Prototype

Public safety housing in Tununak A new home is being built in Tununak that will benefit the entire community. The village has been unable…

UAF Sustainable Village

Sustainable Village at UAF

Sustainable Village at the University of Alaska Fairbanks CCHRC partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to design a sustainable student village that includes…

Pilot Project in Oscarville

“Holistic Approach” Pilot Project in Oscarville In Fall 2014, a group of rural development professionals and agency leaders held the first roundtable on a…

Galena home

Galena Prototype

Galena Prototype Home The 2013 ice jam on the Yukon last spring unleashed some of the worst flooding in Alaska history, filling Galena with…

Newtok/Mertarvik Relocation

Newtok/Mertarvik Relocation CCHRC is working with the Newtok Village Council on several projects to help the community relocate. Newtok is a village on the…

Atmautluak Prototype Home

Atmautluak Prototype

Atmautluak Prototype Home CCHRC worked with the Atmautluak Traditional Council to design and build two prototype homes in the community and assist in the…

buckland prototype home

Buckland Prototype

Buckland Prototype Home CCHRC designed the prototype home in collaboration with the people of Buckland. The Inupiaq Eskimo village of roughly 600 is located…

North Slope Housing prototypes

North Slope Prototypes

North Slope Housing Prototypes CCHRC partnered with the Tagiugiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority (TNHA) to design homes in six North Slope villages. The homes feature a…

bethel housing

Bethel Aviation Housing

Bethel Aviation Housing CCHRC partnered with the The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) to design two duplexes for flight school students in Bethel. The duplexes highlight…

venetie prototype home

Venetie Prototype

Venetie Prototype Home The Venetie teacher housing complex uses super-insulated log walls to integrate traditional resources and high-performance building science. There’s a severe housing…

Atqasuk Prototype home

Atqasuk Prototype

Atqasuk Prototype Home In 2010 CCHRC worked with the Tagiugiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority and residents of Atqasuk to create a design for an affordable,…

Anaktuvuk Pass prototype home

Anaktuvuk Pass Prototype

Anaktuvuk Pass Prototype Home CCHRC partnered with the Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority (TNHA) and the village of Anaktuvuk Pass to design and construct an…

Quinhagak Prototype

Quinhagak Prototype Home The Native Village of Kwinhagak (NVK) asked CCHRC to partner with the residents to design a home that is affordable, energy…

Crooked Creek Prototype

Crooked Creek Prototype Home In May 2011, a flood destroyed about a quarter of the homes in Crooked Creek, a small village on the…

combustion safety

Combustion Safety

Combustion Safety Combustion safety refers to the safe operation of combustion heating appliances, such as boilers and wood stoves, and goes hand in hand…

CCHRC Building Science Designs

CCHRC Prototypes

Our Design Projects The below prototypes and designs incorporate experimental building and energy technologies—such as super-insulated walls or adjustable foundations—aimed at improving the energy…

CCHRC Building Science

Building Science Overview

Building Science at CCHRC Building science is the intersection of many disciplines–physics, chemistry, engineering, and more. It requires an understanding of not just heat,…

Building Envelope

Building Envelopes

Building Envelopes Building envelopes are the bread and butter of our research, with a major focus on developing enclosures that are cost-effective, durable, and…

mechanical Systems

Mechanical Overview

Mechanical Systems Mechanical systems include all the heating, cooling, and air handling systems that are used to keep your home comfortable and healthy. Heating…

Energy in Alaska

Energy Overview

Energy Overview Have you heard the saying about putting a drain plug in the bathtub before adding more water? That’s the same way we…

Ventilation Overview

Ventilation Ventilation is critical in any climate because it replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air, and flushes out potential pollutants caused by…

Foundations Overview

Foundations A building’s foundation must be carefully engineered to support the weight of the structure. In cold climates, foundations are susceptible to heat loss…

Air Source Heat Pump

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps Air source heat pumps have traditionally been used in warmer climates than Alaska for both heating and air conditioning. However,…

brheathe System

BrHEAThe System

BrHEAThe System The BrHEAThe system is an integrated heating and ventilation system developed by CCHRC to improve energy efficiency in homes while maintaining healthy…

Crawlspace Foundations

Crawlspace Foundations

Crawlspace Foundation A crawlspace foundation is a conventional option for building on stable soils. It consists of footings and walls (typically poured concrete) that…

Exhaust Only Ventilation

Exhaust-Only Ventilation

Exhaust-only Ventilation Exhaust-only ventilation is a one-sided system that typically relies on bathroom and kitchen fans to get rid of stale air but does…

slab foundation

On-grade Foundations

On-grade Foundations On-grade foundations are a popular design in Interior Alaska because they are less expensive than crawlspace foundations without having the energy penalty…

Biomass

Biomass

Biomass Biomass is a valuable resource in many parts of Alaska where firewood is rich and plentiful. For many, it’s a fuel you can…

Ground Source Heat Pump

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps Ground source heat pumps take heat from the ground and use electricity to “step up” the heat to a temperature…

Heat Recovery Ventilator

Heat Recovery Ventilators

Heat Recovery Ventilators & Energy Recovery Ventilators Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) are becoming increasingly common in cold climate construction and are almost indispensable in…

Window Retrofits

Window Retrofits

Windows In cold climates, a large amount of heat is lost through windows during the winter. For instance, a double-pane window might allow as…

Weatherization

Weatherization

Weatherization Weatherization refers to the process of making your home more energy-efficient through taking simple measures like caulking windows and weather-stripping doors. Like any…

Wall Retrofits

Wall Retrofits

Wall Retrofits Walls make up the greatest surface area of your home. Depending on how well-insulated your current walls are, a wall retrofit may…

Solar Power

Solar

Solar The world’s northern latitudes offer a unique opportunity for solar energy. While we have little to no sunlight in the winter months, we…

Permafrost Foundations

Permafrost Foundations

Permafrost Foundations The #1 piece of advice for building on permafrost: Don’t do it! That’s because homes are designed with the assumption that the…

thermal storage

Thermal Storage

Thermal Storage Thermal storage refers to technologies that store heat for later use. It can take many forms: water storage tanks that allow residents…

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality Indoor air quality refers to the quality of the atmosphere in a building, including temperature, humidity, and the amount of pollutants…

electrical systems

Electrical

Electrical Power systems are important to any home, whether in the circumpolar north or elsewhere around the globe. As the technology surrounding electrical systems…

Plumbing

Plumbing

Plumbing Appropriately designed plumbing systems in climates that are subject to freezing temperatures are of utmost importance. All components of the water system must…

Double Walls

Double Walls

Double Walls The double wall has been used to build energy efficient homes for a long time. While there are many ways to do…

Furred In Walls

Furred-in Walls

Interior Furred Wall An interior furred wall is a common method of achieving a cost-effective, energy efficient, highly airtight wall. A compromise between a…

Integrated Truss

Integrated Truss Walls

Integrated Truss  The integrated truss is a prefabricated wall assembly that connects the roof, wall, and floor into a single structural piece that can…

REMOTE Walls

REMOTE Walls

REMOTE Wall One of the greatest challenges of building in a cold climate is managing moisture in the building envelope. That’s because of a…

roofs

Roofs

Roofs Of all the building components, the roof system faces some of the most severe challenges. In cold climates, a roof must be properly…

Windows

Windows In general, windows account for a proportionately small area of the thermal envelope. At the same time they are one of the most…