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  • Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Marsik’s Arctic HRV Design Wins Top IDEA Award

Tom Marsik is well known in Alaska for his energy-efficient house designs, and this spring he and his team at ACEP and Cold Climate Housing Research Center designed an exhaust hood for heat recovery ventilation systems that is capable of functioning in arctic climates.

This design won the Top Overall Innovation in the first annual Innovative Disclosures and Entrepreneurial Activities awards organized through the UAF Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization.

Heat recovery ventilation, which cycles air through a heat exchanger, is quite useful in colder climates. It transfers heat from the warm air exhausted from a building to the cold fresh air drawn in. Fresh air cycling through the building benefits the inhabitant’s health, and lower power consumption benefits the inhabitant’s wallet.

The IDEA awards are awarded to faculty, staff and students who have disclosed their technology through UAF’s Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization.