Cold Climate Housing Research Center

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Interior Gas Utility’s board of directors approved a nearly $60 million deal Tuesday to buy Pentex Alaska and its natural gas processing, storage and transportation assets. The board’s vote is the first step toward the IGU’s $346 million plan to buy and build a gas utility for the Fairbanks area. The deal now awaits final approval by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s board of directors.

Pump Turns Cold Into Hot

May 25, 2016
Dan Bross / KUAC

A prototype heat pump that can derive warmth from extremely cold air, will be tested in Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the unit which amplifies heat extracted from well below zero ambient air, could offer an alternative to fossil fuel and wood fired stoves and boilers.

A top-level Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks …


Alaska rates near the bottom in a nationwide survey on how states are improving energy-efficiency programs. But a state energy official says the survey may not be giving Alaska enough credit for the programs it has put in place in recent years.


As energy prices continue to rise, Alaskan engineers and builders are pushing the envelope in the quest to build ever-more energy-efficient housing. Some of those innovations are making their way into residential construction, as builders look to meet homebuyers' demand.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

*This story won Third Place for Best Environmental Reporting from the Alaska Press Club in 2013.

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks moved ahead Wednesday on a project that will demonstrate how solar energy can be collected year-round and used to heat a commercial building without fossil fuels, like heating oil. The project is being funded by one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel companies.

AHFC Study Estimates $125 Million in Energy Savings

Dec 7, 2012

Fairbanks, AK - There are an estimated 5000 publically owned buildings in the state of Alaska.  Over the last three years, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation collected preliminary data on 1200 of them.  300 of those buildings also received energy audits.  Results released this fall show that energy-related improvements to Alaska’s public buildings could save the public more than 125 million dollars annually.