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.
Evaluating Residential Heating Systems
CCHRC, through a grant from Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, contracted with Arctic Energy Systems (AES) to measure the actual design heat load of houses by monitoring the runtime of the furnace in relation to outdoor temperatures. The study monitored 20 houses in the Anchorage area during the very cold weather. The goal of this study was to better determine appropriate heating system sizing for the HVAC industry to reduce building costs and improve the efficiency and comfort of homes. A Final Draft was received by CCHRC in July 2002 and was peer reviewed in August.
For additional information, please see the published article in Energy Design Update: "Furnaces In Alaska Are Oversized," Energy Design Update, March 2003, pg. 8-9.