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Remediation TrainingIn early March, 2003, we were contracted by the HUD Office of Native American Programs (through Magna Systems) to do a rapid survey of mold problems in Alaska Native Housing. We contacted 73 of 88 regional or village housing authorities in Alaska and documented over 1700 apartments or homes that had some level of mold problem. These vary from mild mildew around windows, in kitchens, or in bathrooms to severe mold development that will require the destruction of the building. HUD recognizes the seriousness of this issue and is providing training to Native housing authorities around the Nation. CCHRC was funded by AHFC to provide some consulting services to Alaska Native housing authorities on a variety of housing issues, including low-cost ventilation systems. Adequate ventilation is one of the keys, along with good moisture control, to maintaining a healthy, mold-free home.  

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BrHEAThe Evaluation In an effort to address these issues CCHRC developed the BrHEAThe system in 2011. BrHEAThe is a combined heating and ventilation system which uses one distribution system to provide fresh air and space heating to high-performance homes in cold climates.
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.
Kenai Indoor Air Quality Study This project examined the most common causes of indoor air quality problems in Southcentral Alaska by monitoring 100 homes for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, temperature, relative humidity, and radon.
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