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.
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.
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.
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.
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.