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Alaska Craftsman Home Program


Alaska Craftsman Home Program M ission Statement Alaska Craftsman Home Program was organized in 1988 for the charitable and educational purpose of promoting energy efficient buildings that are cost effective, healthy and durable.

Alaska’s Home Energy Experts • Face to face instruction • ACHP has developed more than 20 hands-on courses for Alaskans • The tools you need, and experience you trust • Alaska’s leader in energy efficiency for 25 years • Statewide education for both rural and urban communities

V ision Statement To be recognized by end users, industry and government as the primary educational resource for energy efficient, affordable, safe and sustainable buildings in Alaska.

CO R E VALUES Education | Advocacy

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We Can Help W e See the P roblem ‌

High energy costs

More than 30 Communities Served:

Some Alaskan families are paying more for energy than anywhere else in the country Uncomfortable home Many homeowners struggle to keep heat inside during the cold months Health concerns Molds, toxic chemicals, and exhaust can build up in homes that are not ventilated properly

Solution Since its beginnings, ACHP has and continues to provide education in energy- efficient building technology throughout the State of Alaska. Our workshops are tailored and presented successfully to various cultural groups and regions with unique energy and logistical challenges.

12,000

ALASKAN RESIDENTS EDUCATED in the past 5 years

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1,750

professionalS TAUGHT IN the past 5 years

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We’re Here for You ACHP provides continuing education for building industry professionals: builders, appraisers, home inspectors, energy raters, real estate professionals, architects, engineers, and weatherization personnel • We offer 12 two-hour classes designed to fit the unique needs of homeowners and renters across the state • We host monthly community forums about current energy issues affecting our state • We’ve brought nationally accredited speakers to Alaska for seminars • We’ve developed strong partnerships throughout Alaska’s energy and building community 4

“After receiving my energy rating, I was overwhelmed with all the work that would have to be done to make my home more energy efficient. I didn’t know how inefficient my house was. Not knowing where to start or finding the right resources to improve the situation, a friend recommended Alaska Craftsman Home Program as a resource. I couldn’t have been more pleased with my experience. ACHP offers free classes designed specifically for homeowners on such as Basic Building Science, Finding and Fixing Air Leaks, Insulating for Saving and Comfort. These classes as well as others provided by ACHP, helped me better understand my home, and gave me the informational tools to complete my energy-efficiency projects. Thanks to the professional instructors at ACHP for the service they provide to the community. — Jim Bosch Alaskan Homeowner

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The ACHP Community In 1988, volunteers from the building industry, building science community, and government formed Alaska Craftsman Home Program to address the lack of energy efficient, safe, and durable housing in Alaska. The program’s goal was to improve the energy efficiency of new residential construction in Alaska by educating Alaskan builders and suppliers about the benefits of energy efficiency. To support this mission, ACHP developed and published a manual, “Northern Comfort,” which was the first of its kind to provide techniques for building energy efficient housing in Alaska. Additionally, ACHP developed and taught courses in energy efficient construction; built a demonstration house on the Alaska State Fair grounds in Palmer; and produced instructional videos reflecting best practice for building in Alaska’s harsh conditions.

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Because of ACHP, Alaskan builders have the highest level of energy efficient construction knowledge in the US and standards for new construction have increased dramatically. In an effort to address the poor quality of homes across the state, we began offering educational workshops to homeowners in 2008. Homeowners now have a resource to find the latest in energy efficient upgrades and a guide to successfully completing the Home Energy Rebate and Weatherization Programs. From 2008-2012, more than 12,000 homeowners have participated in our workshops and seen a noticeable change in the comfort, safety, and energy efficiency of their homes. As an added benefit, with each home that is upgraded for efficiency and comfort, the overall quality of the housing stock in Alaska improves. Moving forward, ACHP will expand delivery of energy efficiency education for homeowners and renters, commercial building owners and occupants, and professionals from across the building industry.

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Alaska Craftsman Home Program

The ACHP Team The ACHP Board and Staff are comprised of community leaders, representing the building, real estate, finance, home inspection, architecture and engineering industries and more. Our instructors have over 50 years of experience teaching building science in residential and commercial applications. All of our instructors have either built or weatherized homes or commercial buildings throughout the state of Alaska and understand the unique challenges in different communities.

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3400 Spenard Road, Suite 9 • Anchorage, AK 99503 info@achpalaska.com PO Box 241647 • Anchorage, AK 99524 907-258-2247 www. achpalaska.com


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