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CMHC: Northern Sustainable House
CMHC collaborated with Nunavut Housing Corporation in the Yukon to design two examples of the Northern Sustainable House. This project had two objectives: to promote the design of culturally appropriate housing across the North, and to construct housing that consumes 50 percent less energy than similar housing constructed to the Model National Energy Code for Houses. (PDF)
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CCHR: Alaska Researchers On Housing For Cold Climates
Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Alaska offers news, information, training, links, and research on building in cold climates.

IRC: High Performance Building Envelope Systems North Of 60°
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction is researching to develop building envelope assemblies that are energy efficient and durable in extreme outdoor and indoor climates, focusing on their heat and moisture performance and impact on the environment.
Information Sources

CMHC: Resources On Northern Housing
CMHC offers information on northern, cold climate building issues and techniques, programs & initiatives, fact sheets, and more.

Northern Housing Forum: Online Presentations From Conference
Northern Housing Forum offers online presentations from sessions that were delivered at the Forum.
Issues & Performance

IRC: Indoor Climate In Northern & Coastal Houses
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction researchers measured relative humidity and temperature in eight houses in each of the three locations: Prince Rupert, BC; Inuvik, NT; and Carmacks, YT

Builder Magazine: Proper Wall Bracing Methods
Builder Magazine online slide show describes methods of proper wall bracing, a strategy that is critical to a home’s structural performance.

Building Science: Building In Extreme Cold Climates
Building Science describes how to build permanent structures in extremely cold climates.

Building Science: Purchasable Builders Guide For Cold Climates
Building Science offers the Joseph Lstiburek book on building durable, energy-efficient homes in cold climates, using the latest materials and design concepts. $45 USD

CCHRC: REMOTE Cold Climate Wall System
Cold Climate Housing Research Center of Alaska studied wall systems and provides drawings of cold climate wall & roof, and wall & foundation details.
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