Cold Climate Housing Research Center
1000 Fairbanks St.
The Cold Climate Housing Research Center's building and infrastructure research and testing facility is located on the Fairbanks campus. It was completed in September 2006.
The facility is designed and constructed to meet the exacting standards of the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold rating. Every material, building technique and system in the structure, from the foundation to the mechanical systems, is designed for cold climates and is being monitored and evaluated for operational efficiency in all weather conditions. It is a living test center with over 400 monitors built in to assess performance of everything from the moisture content of the walls to the slightest shift in foundation.
This research and testing facility, designed to address the challenges faced by northern builders, showcases the latest building materials and techniques. Built on permafrost, the facility demonstrates appropriate design for the North.