Research & Technologies

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center studies many aspects of the built environment: building practices and components, energy systems, indoor air quality, user behavior, and housing policy. We research the most relevant building technologies and questions through physical testing, modeling, and analysis. Our goal is to produce the knowledge needed to advance energy efficient, affordable, culturally appropriate housing in Alaska and other circumpolar communities. 

The key areas of our research include:


Designs for Rural Alaska Walls CCHRC has used spray polyurethane foam insulation to build affordable de
AkWarm Updates CCHRC is updating AkWarm, the software used to rate the energy efficiency of Alaska homes, to account for renewable energy, heat loss characteristics, and regional variations in climate and energy.
Structural Insulated Panels Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are prefabricated building materials used in residential construction in Alaska. This project prepared resources for homeowners who want to learn about SIPs, where they are used in cold climates, and considerations for Alaska.
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 could help improve indoor air quality in a cold dry climate like Interior Alaska.