Passive House eclipses the BC Building Code in Ice Box Challenge

code ice is losing its shape vs PH ice BC Building Code box ice, on right, lost about 40 per cent more volume during Ice Box Challenge than the Passive House box ice.

When our members Shaun St-Amour and Chris Hill opened the Ice Box Challenge ice boxes on Vancouver’s Olympic Village Square on August 14, they revealed how high-performance design and construction yields energy-efficient benefits even during a summer heatwave.


Ice Box Challenge and Passive House Industry Social scheduled for August 2

We have scheduled a Passive House & Ice Box Challenge Industry Social for Wednesday, August 2. Here is your opportunity to visit the Ice Box Challenge and see the changes that have occurred in the first week. Shaun St. Amour, who oversaw construction of the Ice Box Challenge installation, will present on how the Ice Box Challenge was developed and describe the construction process.


Ice Box Challenge kicks off with legislators, media and the public present

“What’s good for the environment is good for people,” says the Hon. George Heyman, B.C.’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Speaking to reporters, Passive House supporters, and members of the public at the July 27 launch of Passive House Canada’s Ice Box Challenge, Heyman says he had seen a demonstration of the Passive House Standard and recognizes the benefits it provides.


Heartfelt thanks to Ice Box Challenge supporters and contributors

It takes a community to build a Passive House. It also takes a community to build a community of high-performance buildings.

Modeled on similar events held recently in Europe, Ice Box Challenge is run by Passive House Canada, with support from the City of Vancouver, Vancity, and members of the local construction industry. Passive House Canada and the rest of the Ice Box Challenge team thank the many individuals and businesses who volunteered time, donated supplies, materials and space, and contributed expertise and enthusiasm to making Ice Box Challenge happen.


Advocacy Efforts for Improved Building Regulations Continue

Changing and implementing building regulations takes time, effort and numerous meetings, but Passive House Canada and its members are making overall progress on many advocacy fronts.

CEO Rob Bernhardt and a number of members recently held meetings in Toronto, Ottawa and Victoria with federal and provincial staff and elected officials to advance building regulations in Canada.