Bering Straits Development Company (BSDC) has completed the construction of five highly energy-efficient and element resilient homes in Brevig Mission. Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority partnered with BSDC and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to construct the homes utilizing the “Integrated Truss” design model.
The homes achieved a rare 6-Star energy efficiency rating and are projected to use less than $2,000 in annual heating fuel. The average rural home can consume more than $2,000 in heating fuel in one month during the coldest part of winter.
The homes feature 9” of spray foam insulation continuously throughout the floors, walls and ceiling, as well as the “BrHEAThe” integrated mechanical heating and ventilation system. This provides a healthy living environment and is expected to extend the life of the house.
Included in the construction is a foundation system designed specifically for the Arctic environment. If leveling should ever be needed, it can be done with minimal effort. An additional energy measure implemented into the construction is the use of solar flat plate collectors which will harness the sun’s energy and convert thermal energy into the domestic hot water needs for the homes.
Interior finishes are highly durable, very low-maintenance with characteristics found in high-end residential homes. This type of construction has received the attention of many organizations around the state that strive for efficient long lasting Alaskan fit construction. BSDC provided construction supervision and employed local labor for the term of the construction project.