Health House VOC Monitoring

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Through a grant from Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, CCHRC contracted with Alaska Energy Associates (AEA) for data collection of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in various new homes in Fairbanks and Juneau. The purpose of this project was to assess the effect that different ventilation strategies have on indoor air quality. The study dwellings in both communities included a "Health House," a non-mechanically ventilated 5 Star home, and a 5 Star-Plus home with a heat recovery system for ventilation. The Fairbanks "Health House" tested is also a Habitat for Humanity house. Testing took place pre-occupancy, soon after occupancy began, and 6 months following occupancy. The final report has been revised to report corrected data.


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 have the potential to 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.
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.