Bruno Grunau

Bruno C. Grunau, P.E.
Chief Programs Officer/Research Engineer

Bruno is enthusiastic about life. He is also passionate about developing socially conscious and sustainable technologies in Alaska and the North, which began when participating on Virginia Tech’s Solar Decathlon Team in 2001. As an engineer, he spent six years at a shock-and-vibration test laboratory where testing and analysis were a part of everyday life. Though he never knew it, these experiences led to his current position, where the mission of the CCHRC merges with his passion. Bruno joined CCHRC January 2011 after serving as chief engineer for an Alaska renewable energy firm. As a research engineer at CCHRC, Bruno has been responsible for research and testing of building systems for ventilation, thermal, and moisture control properties in cold climates. Bruno regularly designs and analyzes building foundations on permafrost, building envelopes in cold climates, and heating and ventilation systems in rural Alaska. He is regularly involved in teaching classes, building and energy system consultation, and other efforts to reach out to general public, contractors, homeowners, engineers, architects, and inspectors. As Chief Programs Officer, he is responsible for overseeing the organization’s programs and services and helping establish private and public sector partnerships and relationships. When not at work, he is often found making music, dancing, enjoying life, and enjoying the backcountry with his family.