UAF Sustainable Village
CCHRC is working with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to design a sustainable student village that includes a cluster of super energy-efficient homes with shared open space, a community garden, and footpaths between buildings. The village will be on University property adjacent to CCHRC’s research center.
The goal is to build the first cluster of four 4-bedroom homes by Summer 2012. It will be as much a research project as a development, where students, faculty, and departments at UAF will work with CCHRC building scientists to improve on each iteration of the UAF Sustainable Village over the coming years.
The project blends the latest cold-climate technology, environmentally sound land use and sustainable infrastructure with a new model of campus housing—students as live-in researchers who test, interpret, and help refine their building’s design as part of their college education. It also emphasizes community design, as CCHRC is working with the UAF Office of the Chancellor, the UAF Office of Sustainability, and student groups on the concept and design. UAF hosted a design competition this fall where groups of students submitted ideas and attended design seminars in Fall 2011. The winning team joined CCHRC’s team to be part of the actual design process. Information on the course is available here and live broadcasts of the classes can be viewed here.
To follow our progress on the Sustainable Village through video, multimedia and written updates, visit our blog (Link is on the right).
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