Cold Weather Housing Research Center prototype-homes designed for efficiency in Alaska

by Melvin Pavilla on November 1, 2013

Cold Climate Housing Research Center has spent the last few years learning about the experimental home in Quinhagak and tweaking its performance for future development.

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CCHRC The organization designed a prototype-home for the village of Quinhagak, on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The home is octagonal and made with a light steel frame with spray foam insulation. And since then have monitored the performance of the home with the resident and with a few adjustments the homes performance was said to be satisfactory. A family moved into that home and has lived there since and they spent the first two winters monitoring the homes performance.

Cooke: 40 secs. “So we monitored how much fuel oil it used, we monitored how much electricity it used, we also monitored its foundation and a few other components of the home and then over the last couple of winters we’ve gone back and changed some of those experimental components and adapted them and also worked with the tribe and the local housing authority in their goal to make more homes.”

Cooke says that the housing is averaging about 200 gallons of fuel oil per year and between 225 and 465 kilowatt hours per month and he says that both of those are quite a bit lower than the State average.

Cooke also says that the local housing authorities have continued to build these types of homes.

The research center have since then built a number of homes in other communities which they will be traveling to one of them in November for an open house which will be in Atmautluak.

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