Anaktuvuk Pass Prototype Home

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CCHRC partnered with the Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority (TNHA) and the village of Anaktuvuk Pass to design and construct an affordable, energy efficient, healthy home that incorporated indigenous qualities like earth-berming and a sod roof. Through a partnership with Iligsagvik College in Barrow, local student labor was trained to build the prototype house in June of 2009.

The first demonstration house in Anaktuvuk Pass, funded by TNHA, was completed in July of 2009 with most of the work being done by students from Ilisagvik College.

With the successful construction in Anaktuvuk Pass, many other villages are looking to CCHRC for assistance in solving Alaska‚Äôs rural housing problems. The interest from across rural Alaska, demonstrated by establishing collaborations and funding commitments, has been spectacular. 

 

Click here to view a slideshow of the construction of the prototype home.

Building Performance Monitoring

CCHRC partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study the heating demand, electrical use, and indoor air quality of the Anaktuvuk Pass prototype.
Sustainable Northern Communities Program Background
Monitoring and Verification of Sustainable Northern Shelter Building Performance Anaktuvuk Pass Prototype House Final Report

Solar PV and Wind Monitoring

Solar PV and a wind generator were integrated with the prototype home in Anaktuvuk Pass.  The PV panels and wind generator were installed by YRITWC, while the monitoring project is funded through the Denali Commission.  CCHRC will collect data relating to power production and energy usage in the house.  All data is available online, click here.   

Sewage Treatment Plant Monitoring

CCHRC installed a Lifewater Engineering sewage treatment plant (STP) at the Anaktuvuk Pass prototype house and will both monitor the systems performance and work with the manufacturer to optimize the energy use.  The project also enables CCHRC to install monitoring equipment on the RTF STP and another STP used in a SNS prototype house.  All data is available online, click here.   

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