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.


Sustainable Priorities for Alaska Rural Communities (SPARC) CCHRC participated in a project led by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to complete and document energy efficiency retrofits and resulting energy savings in in the two rural Alaska communities of Anvik and Hughes.
Hooper Bay Housing Analysis & Energy Feasibility Report This project was funded by a Department of Energy grant to investigate the potential for energy savings in residential and commercial buildings in Hooper Bay. The feasibility study explores the potential for job creation and other economic benefits of a retrofit program.
Public Safety Officer Housing CCHRC is helping several villages bring much-needed law enforcement to town through building affordable, energy-efficient homes.
Alaska Water-Sewer Challenge The Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge looks for innovative, affordable water and sewer solutions for rural households.
Venetie Prototype Home The Venetie teacher housing four-plex uses super-insulated log walls to integrate traditional resources and high-performance building science.