Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

Safe Effective Affordable Retrofits

Testing a new batch of wall systems that can provide affordable retrofit options.

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.

Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

CCHRC published a number of reports on the Energy Efficicency of Public Buildings in Alaska in cooperation with AHFC. Click the links below to read the reports.

HERS Software Development

CCHRC is researching and developing guidelines for AHFC staff to use when reviewing software for compliance with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standard.

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

AHFC is a state-owned entity that finances more than 40 percent of all new residential construction in Alaska. AHFC supports the existence and operation of CCHRC as well as many individual projects.

Rebate & Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process

This project evaluated AHFC's weatherization and rebate programs to determine outcomes and recommend improvements.

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.

Straw Bale House Monitoring

CCHRC gathered data from three straw bale houses in the Fairbanks area on temperature and moisture gradients throughout the straw bale insulation of exterior walls.

Remediation of Smoke Particles in Fairbanks Homes

In the summer of 2004, this project was initiated in response to and in the midst of the heavy smoke in the Fairbanks area due to wildfires. Bill Reynolds of Solutions and Cathy Cahill of the University of Alaska conducted a emergency study to improve indoor air quality and address simple and affordable filtration strategies. Systems were installed in houses of people with a history of respiratory problems and air quality was monitored.


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