UAF Sustainable Village Prototype Homes

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CCHRC partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to design a sustainable student village that includes a cluster of super energy-efficient homes with shared open space, a community garden, and footpaths between buildings. The village will be on University property adjacent to CCHRC’s research center.

The first cluster of four 4-bedroom homes was built in Summer 2012. CCHRC researchers are now working with students to monitor fuel, water, and power use as well as indoor air quality and ground temperature. 

The project blends the latest cold-climate technology, environmentally sound land use and sustainable infrastructure with a new model of campus housing—students as live-in researchers who test, interpret, and help refine the building design. It also emphasizes community design, as CCHRC is working with the UAF Office of the Chancellor, the UAF Office of Sustainability, and student groups on the concept and design.

UAF hosted a design competition this fall where groups of students submitted ideas and attended design seminars in Fall 2011. The winning team joined CCHRC’s team to be part of the actual design process.

UAF Sustainable Village First Year Performance

UAF Sustainable Village Ground Temperature Data

Survey of Indoor Air Quality University of Alaska Fairbanks Sustainable Village

Uaf Sustainable Village Presentation

Projects

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tnha house North Slope Housing Prototypes CCHRC is working with Tagiugiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority to design homes in six North Slope villages. The homes feature a unique foundation system designed for the permafrost conditions in the high arctic.
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.
Buckland Prototype Home The University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus invited CCHRC to be part of a team designing affordable and sustainable housing in rural Alaska. The partnership includes the UAF Chukchi Campus, Northwest Inupiaq Housing Authority, the Native Village of Buckland (BKC), and a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The design team worked with residents to plan an affordable,...
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