Vancouver-area Passive House-certified tradespeople needed to build Ice Box Challenge structures

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.

A design competition held this spring led to selection of a design by Stark Architecture & E3 Eco Group for the Vancouver challenge.

BCIT has generously offered use of their training facilities to build the structures, making this also an ideal opportunity to learn more about the Passive House Trades courses offered by BCIT that are now generously supported by the City of Vancouver.

As we know, a collaborative team process is integral to a successful Passive House project and, in that spirit, we are reaching out to our members in Vancouver and beyond to provide construction expertise for this exciting project. Please get in touch if you or some of your crew members would be available on Tuesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 12, to join us at BCIT as we construct the structures off-site. We will be moving them to the event site on Tuesday, July 18th. On Thursday, July 20th, we will unveil the project. We will then need the team to gather again to disassemble the units on Thursday, August 10th.

Once the team is selected, we’ll provide more information on the project.

If you are available to help on any of the days listed above, email Passive House Canada with your availability and contact details.

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