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#IceBoxChallengeGlasgow: Learn more about the Passive House Standard!

Date: 23 July - 6 August

Under the patronage of the UNECE, and with the support of the GlobalABC, the City of Glasgow will host the “Ice Box Challenge” from July 23 – August 6 in St Enoch Square. Organisers include the International Passive House Association, Passive House Institute, Glasgow City Council, Passivhaus Trust and Edinburgh Napier University, who describe the challenge as a public experiment and contest to demonstrate how a building can be highly energy-efficient and comfortable. The event offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Passive House Standard and win great prizes!

The #IceBoxChallenge is a contest and an experiment to demonstrate how a building can be super energy efficient and comfortable. #IceBoxChallengeGlasgow presents one box built to Scottish Building Standards and another to the Passive House Standard. The boxes shall be left outside for two weeks, each holding an equal amount of ice. When opened, the amount of ice left in each box will be measured. How much ice remains will demonstrate how well each icebox keeps out the heat. Better building design can help us reduce our carbon emissions without changing our behaviour. Buildings that prioritise efficiency first are comfortable and healthy.

The opening ceremony will take place at St Enoch Square from 12:30-1:30 PM on July 23 and is open to the public. Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, will officially open the Ice Box Challenge. The closing ceremony will take place on August 6, from 1-2 PM. During this event, the remaining ice will be weighed and the results announced. This will include declaring the winner of the ‘Guess the remaining ice level’ competition, who will receive a weekend stay in a UK Passive House B&B, courtesy of a coalition of Scottish Housing Associations sponsoring the event. The competition, set up by sponsor OpenTech, will run from July 23-August 1 via the Ice Box Challenge website. There are also Passive House prize packs to be won. 

Follow the competition on the website!