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Sustainable Northern Communities Addition
CCHRC completed an 8,000-square-foot addition to the Research and Testing Facility that demonstrates what is possible with energy performance, advanced control systems, and sustainable construction in an extreme environment.
The new 7,500-square-foot facility is built to LEED Platinum standards, like the original Research and Testing Facility and provides office, classroom, and collaborative space. We are demonstrating a number of renewable energy and energy storage technologies, including solar hydronic with seasonal hot water storage, a ground source heat pump whose electrical demand will be offset by solar photovoltaic, and a high efficiency pellet boiler. These systems are designed to ultimately meet the entire space-heating load for the 24,000 square foot research center, showing that net-zero heating is possible even in the subarctic.
CCHRC received a generous award of $65,000 to construct the solar hydronic system for the building addition. This includes solar hot water collectors and an experimental thermal storage system to enable solar energy to be stored and used during the winter. There has not yet been a commercial building in North America that incorporates a solar hydronic system as a major contributor to meeting a heating demand other than domestic hot water.