Kenai Indoor Air Quality Study

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This project attemps to solve the most common causes of indoor air quality problems in Southcentral Alaska. Project Manager John Davies, working with the contractors, Wisdom and Associates, monitored 100 homes during the 2003-04 winter for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, temperature, relative humidity, and radon. Each home underwent a BEES ventilation check, an ultra-fine particle sweep, and a pressure imbalance testing. The draft final report, currently in review, will present data from all the studied homes, an analysis of trends or patterns that led to poor indoor air quality, and recommended solutions.

Projects

Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) in Cold Climates Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) are whole house ventilation systems that exchange stale indoor air with fresh outside air, recovering both heat and moisture from the indoor air to save energy. They could help improve indoor air quality in a cold dry climate like Interior Alaska.
Mold Survey A survey of mold problems in Alaska Native housing looked at 73 regional or village housing authorities in Alaska and documented over 1700 apartments or homes with some degree of mold problem.
Southcentral Ventilation Study This study monitored nine houses in Anchorage to assess the effectiveness of their ventilation system and compliance with the Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard ventilation requirements.
Remediation of Smoke Particles in Fairbanks Homes In the summer of 2004, this project was initiated in response to and in
Three-Stage HRV Evaluation This project looked at the effectiveness of various frost protection strategies and their effect on energy efficiency and indoor air quality.