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The Building Science Research program focuses on the unique challenges of building in Alaska’s extreme and diverse climates. Researchers study the performance and economics of various building systems and techniques in many different settings: in the lab, in existing homes, and in communities throughout the state.

Projects include the Mobile Test Lab, which tests how nine different wall systems react to humidity, and an economic analysis of ground source heat pumps in Alaska. This program also produces educational materials for the public like the Consumer Guide to Home Heating, a manual for homeowners that describes the heating, distribution, and control systems most common in Alaska.

The goal of the Building Science Research program is to provide builders, homeowners, and other stakeholders with information they need to improve shelter in the North.











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Cold Climate Window Insulation Evaluation Analysis of insulation technique that places foam board on exterior portion of double-pane window
Little Ventilation Project Looking at ventilation systems that can improve indoor air quality in small homes while limiting energy use.
Slab-on-Grade Foundation Best Practices An evaluation of best practices for insulating under slab-on-grade foundations
Vacuum Insulated Panel Test CCHRC is testing how Vacuum Insulated Panels can be assembled to achieve extremely high R-values in cold climate homes.
Designs for Rural Alaska Walls Monitoring CCHRC demonstration homes for efficiency and moisture infiltration several years after construction.