Sustainable Northern Communities

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CCHRC works with design firms, tribal and regional housing entities, federal and state agencies, and partners across the state to improve building designs and mechanical systems in Alaska’s housing sector. With roots in the construction industry, CCHRC’s strength is the ability to integrate design, construction, and community development. CCHRC can both facilitate the design process between private sector firms and clients or contract directly with individuals and entities to provide consulting services. These services include feasibility studies, master planning, construction documentation, and construction administration and instruction.

CCHRC’s talented design team is made up of architectural designers, LEED Accredited Certified designers and graphic designers. A team of interns and drafting technicians assist with drawings and renderings. The architectural group is responsible for project design and detailing, beginning with initial planning to working side by side with the client through design and construction.

The Sustainable Northern Shelter program was initiated in 2008 to address the need for sustainable rural housing in northern climates. CCHRC designers work with local residents and housing authorities to develop homes that reflect the culture, environment, and local resources of individual communities. The designs emphasize energy efficiency, affordability, and durability.

CCHRC has developed several prototype homes that can be easily and affordably reproduced throughout communities to provide much-needed housing. The program, which started with an experimental house made out of spray foam in Anaktuvuk Pass, has grown to encompass more than a dozen villages throughout Alaska.


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Sustainable Priorities for Alaska Rural Communities (SPARC) CCHRC participated in a project led by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to complete and document energy efficiency retrofits and resulting energy savings in in the two rural Alaska communities of Anvik and Hughes.
Hooper Bay Housing Analysis & Energy Feasibility Report This project was funded by a Department of Energy grant to investigate the potential for energy savings in residential and commercial buildings in Hooper Bay. The feasibility study explores the potential for job creation and other economic benefits of a retrofit program.
Public Safety Officer Housing CCHRC is helping several villages bring much-needed law enforcement to town through building affordable, energy-efficient homes.
Biomass Greenhouse Handbook CCHRC produced a handbook for school districts about how to build and operate a biomass-heated greenhouse.
Venetie Prototype Home The Venetie teacher housing four-plex uses super-insulated log walls to integrate traditional resources and high-performance building science.