CCHRC members and sponsors provide vital, sustaining support for our mission to promote and advance healthy, durable, and sustainable shelter for cold climates. Donations help fuel many projects, including sustainable prototype houses in rural Alaska, renewable energy tests, and the production of educational videos, publications and multimedia. Your contribution to CCHRC makes change happen by providing valuable support to our research efforts.
CCHRC is always looking for ways to develop more affordable, efficient heating and ventilation systems for cold climates. We look to build on existing technologies and test emerging systems that can be adapted to Alaska's unique climate and challenges. Our energy research includes ground source heat pumps on cold soils, air source heat pumps, solar thermal storage, a variety of biomass appliances, and an innovative system that combines heating and ventilation to improve indoor air quality in efficient homes.
As the farthest north LEED Platimun building in the world, our number 1 strategy is to reduce energy use through a well-insulated, airtight building envelope. Having minimized demand, we try to produce as much energy from alternative sources as possible. Our goal is to go entirely off fossil fuels through a mix of solar, geothermal, and biomass heating, in addition to thermal storage. Read about our progress here!
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