Cold Climate Housing Research Center

1000 Fairbanks St.


Cold Climate Housing Research Center
UAF photo by Nicole Behr

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 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 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.

In January 2011, the USGBC awarded the center platinum status under the LEED standards, the highest rating available. The center is the world’s farthest-north commercial building with LEED platinum certification.

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