Oleksandr (Alex) Yakovenko, the winner of this summer’s Ice Box Challenge Grand Prize, and his guest spent an October day in the Whistler area learning more about Passive House buildings. They joined Mattheo Durfield, of B.C. Passive House, for an excursion to the B.C. Passive House facility in Pemberton, and a drive-by tour of Rainbow House and other Passive House and Passive House–inspired residences in Whistler. At the end of the visit, Karel and Karen Jonkers gave them a royal tour of their magnificent Alta Lake Passive House.
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.
Join us this Saturday, August 12, on our Passive House social & bike tour. We will start at Vancouver City Hall, then bike along Ontario Street to visit four passive houses at various stages of construction.
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.
“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.
Passive House Canada invites members from Vancouver and beyond to help launch Canada’s first-ever Ice Box Challenge. The kick-off to this science demonstration and contest takes place at noon, July 27, in Vancouver’s Olympic Village Square.
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.
We are seeking Passive House-certified tradespeople, or those interested in learning more, to help construct two structures for this summer’s Ice Box Challenge in Vancouver. Our goal is to create a diverse team from companies who are already building passive houses within the Greater Vancouver area.
The City of Vancouver invited Passive House Canada to coordinate the Ice Box Challenge. Inspired by similar events in Europe, the challenge requires the design and construction of two small structures, to be placed in a public Vancouver space to create awareness and demonstrate the benefits of high-performance buildings.