Before the emergence of digital controls and smart building technologies, most buildings controlled the HVAC system—heating, ventilation, and air conditioning within the building—through a pneumatic or air-based control system. Most existing buildings still use pneumatic controls, limiting the opportunities to monitor the other systems of the building and often burning more energy in the process.
It’s cold and windy outside, a typical March day in Bethel, Alaska. The snowpack is thin on the windswept tundra. But it’s warm and cozy inside two new homes on Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, heated only by construction lights.
Small models of bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, cement mixers, dump trucks, and other construction equipment line the windowsills of John MacKinnon’s office at Associated General Contractors (AGC) in Anchorage.
In Alaska, the lines between the natural and man-made world are beginning to blur, and old materials and ideas are resurfacing in leading-edge projects across the state.
Compliance is a hard word to write about. If you don’t believe me, try to define it.
The past thirty years witnessed Alaska’s economic growth through climbing and falling oil prices, growing pains of Alaska Native corporation prosperity, and a position in global logistics eyed by not only businesses but also the US military.
In recent months, Alaska’s shortage of workforce housing, both market priced and affordable, has been thoroughly documented and well publicized.