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Cold Climate Housing Research Center (USA)

Non-profit dedicated to energy-efficient housing in the arctic regions

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) is an industry-based, nonprofit corporation created to facilitate the development, use, and testing of energy-efficient, durable, healthy, and cost-effective building technologies for people living in circumpolar regions around the globe. The CCHRC studies many aspects of the built environment: building practices and components, energy systems, indoor air quality, user behavior, and housing policy, as well as the most relevant building technologies and questions through physical testing, modeling, and analysis.

Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Research Center was conceived and developed by members of the Alaska State Home Builders Association and represents more than 1,200 building industry firms and groups. Ninety percent of CCHRC's charter members are general contractors from across the state. The Alaska professional building community is highly regarded as a national leader in energy-efficient housing design and construction, boasting the largest per capita builders' association in the nation.

The CCHRC Research and Testing Facility, located on land leased from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, contains research facilities and allows staff to work closely with students, faculty, and researchers at the university.

Alaska offers an excellent testing ground for cold-climate technologies and products. The geography provides the full range of climatic conditions a researcher would encounter across the northern United States — from the windy, cool, wet weather in Southeast Alaska to the very cold, snowy conditions across Alaska’s northern tier. In addition, Alaska's cold season lasts for six months or longer, allowing ample time for researchers to conduct experiments and evaluate housing performance.

The key areas of our research include:

 

  • Building Science Heating
  • Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality
  • Policy Research
  • Cold Climate Design