Research & Testing Facility Legacy Monitoring

More than 400 sensors have been installed in the RTF to make it a living demonstration of building system operations and performance. Michael Lilly of GW Scientific is working with us to monitor this data.

The following products will form the basis of the RTF Legacy Monitoring program:

  • Report summarizing brainstorming, data gathering, and synthesis efforts
  • METADATA Guidelines Manual
  • Data Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manual
  • Data Network Operations and Maintenance Guide
  • report on educational, training, and outreach recommendations

We will optimize the current monitoring plans into a long-term program. What we learn will be combined with recommendations from statewide surveys and brainstorming, and applied to projects around the state. The development of an RTF Legacy Monitoring Program serves as a foundation for evaluating future proposals and funding efforts.

Partners on this Project


GW Scientific

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Projects

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.
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.
Sustainable Northern Communities Monitoring The Sustainable Northern Communities program aims to develop energy efficient, affordable, healthy housing that fits the climate and culture of Alaska communities. SNC brings together local residents, tribal governments, state and federal agencies, housing authorities, and other partners. CCHRC monitors the prototype homes to troubleshoot and improve designs.
Vapor Diffusion-Open Walls Study CCHRC monitored builder Thorsten Chlupp’s super low-energy home to see how the innovative systems performed in the Fairbanks climate. The house has super-insulated walls and foundation, an integrated heat storage system, and an open wall design that allows vapor to diffuse through.
Fuel Use Monitoring Researchers are testing several methods of monitoring fuel use at the household level to identify a cost-effective and accurate method for monitoring heating oil consumption across Alaska.