The University of MN academic, research and outreach programs for high performance housing are nationally recognized for their work addressing cold climate housing systems, and fenestration and foundation subsystems. Representation of the University of MN to the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers is through the Cold Climate Housing Program (CCH), and the University of Minnesota Extension Program for Housing Technology.
- The Cold Climate Housing Program is part of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. The CCH is an information and education program that promotes the idea of the “house as a system.” This means that the building structure (known as the envelope), the mechanical systems in the house, and the occupants are interactive and work simultaneously. A change in one part of the system will always affect the others. By recognizing and respecting this system approach we can enhance the performance of our houses.
- The University of Minnesota Extension Housing Technology team brings university research to industry professionals and homeowners by providing training courses, web resources, and publications to improve the safety, durability, and efficiency of homes and buildings in Minnesota.
University of MN Research and Education Highlights
The University of Minnesota, and associated cold climate resources, provides the Cold Climate Housing Program with a significant research, education and outreach capability. Links to some of these resources are listed below.
- U. MN Extension Housing Technology Team
- Center for Sustainable Building Research
- Cloquet Residential Research Facility
- Building Foundations Research
- Foundation Design Handbook – final draft
- Foundation Insulation Effectiveness Video – March 2012
- Testing of Earthquake Resistant Buildings
- Midwest Universities Radon Consortium (MURC)
- Solar Decathlon – 2009