Science of building warm houses in Alaska’s Arctic frigid climate

Alaska Dispatch – Hébert, president and founder of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, is traveling to Atmautluak because members of the village’s tribal council called him for advice. Villagers want to both build their own homes while setting up a construction company.

Hébert, along with Aaron Cooke, an architectural designer with the center, want to partner with the people of Atmautluak, just as they’ve assisted others in places like Anaktuvuk Pass, Quinhagak, Crooked Creek and Point Lay. In Anaktuvuk, center staffers helped design and build low-cost, fuel-sipping, semi-subterranean houses that mesh with the country and the locals’ lifestyles.

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