The Building Science program focuses on the unique challenges of building in Alaska’s extreme and diverse climates. Researchers study the performance and economics of various building techniques and products in the lab and in the field. Specific research focus areas include thermal performance and moisture control in the building envelope and the thermal interactions between foundations and frozen ground.
The Building Science team is staffed with mechanical engineers and physical scientists that collectively have broad backgrounds in heat and mass transfer, arctic engineering, data acquisition and management, material science, research design, and project management. We have experience using WUFI and TEMPW software.