Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

4-5 Star Plus Energy Rated Homes Survey & Analysis

Ivan Moore Research (IMR) of Anchorage conducted a customer survey of Four Plus and Five-Star Plus homes to determine customer satisfaction and understanding of building components.

6-Star Green Program Development

CCHRC outlined a program to add 6th Star to the home rating system, which included an AkWarm energy analysis and a green building analysis a national standard for energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency Program & Policy Recommendations

This project is a comprehensive review and analysis of the energy efficiency policies and programs in the State of Alaska. The final report was completed in 2008 and many of the recommendations were implemented.

Mountain View Housing Study

This study evaluated new homes built by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) and a local contractor that are heated with boilers or furnace. Researchers examined the energy efficiency, homeowner comfort, indoor air quality, and humidity control of the homes. The project is jointly funded by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority and CCHRC.

Combustion Air/CO Study

This study looked at how homeowners provide combustion air for atmospherically vented appliances and assessed the performance of power-vented appliances.

Evaluating Residential Heating Systems

This project measured the 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 very cold weather to better determine appropriate heating system sizing for the HVAC industry.

Evaluating Ventilation Systems & IAQ

CCHRC monitored 100 homes in 3 different climatic regions for relative humidity, particulates, and VOC's. The goal was to provide an evaluation of the extent to which ventilation strategies, house characteristics, location, and other factors affected indoor air quality.

Frost-Protected Shallow Foundation Study

Frost-protected shallow foundations rely on placing enough insulation outside of a shallow foundation to protect it from heaving due to seasonal freezing. Temperature sensors were installed at two houses with these foundations to measure the thermal regime of the soil.

Health House VOC Monitoring

CCHRC collected data on Volatile Organic Compounds in various new homes in Fairbanks and Juneau to assess the effect of different ventilation strategies on indoor air quality.

Geopolymer Cements

CCHRC did a high level analysis of the local market potential for geopolymer cements, including an assessment of available local materials, potential of local product manufacturing, and potential economic feasibility.

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