Four superinsulated four-bedroom buildings on the south side of the UAF campus, costing a total of $1 million, are to be home to 16 students this fall.
The buildings, which feature a form of wall construction that allows them to be tight, are expected to use less than 250 gallons of oil for heat each year. The tight walls mean good ventilation systems are required.
Students will pay $700 a month as rent, which will be used to pay off the construction costs.
Four solar arrays, totaling 15 kilowatts, are to be installed, supplying power to the grid.
The UAF partner and general contractor in the "sustainable village" is the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, with construction estimated at $800,000.
The buildings are south of the railroad tracks near Fairbanks Street.