Advancing Energy Justice in Alaska

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NREL works with remote and rural communities across Alaska and the world to develop energy and building technologies that enhance culture, strengthen economies, and improve resilience in a changing environment. Alaska and Arctic communities not only face one of the harshest climates on earth; they also pay some of the highest energy and housing costs in the nation. NREL's Alaska Campus collaborates with communities and tribes to develop affordable, culturally appropriate homes and buildings that combine traditional knowledge and twenty-first century technology. Demonstration homes deployed all over Alaska prove out new technologies in energy efficiency, foundations, indoor air quality, and clean energy. Local workforce development is incorporated into every project: new homes are built by local workers, often including the home's future occupant. With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, coastal erosion and thawing permafrost are wreaking havoc on roads, buildings, and infrastructure across Alaska. With an inclusive approach to R&D, NREL is helping communities adapt to a changing environment and advancing energy justice in the world's extremes.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5600-87056


  • Alaska housing prototypes
  • Arctic building
  • building envelope
  • Harvest to Home
  • Mountain Village
  • semi-modular housing
  • tiny homes
  • Unalakleet
  • University Village


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