Part of the Brussels Days in New York
Ice Box Challenge in New York is organized by:
Brussels-Capital Region and Brussels Invest & Export / hub.brussels,
Building Energy Exchange, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, NYC Department of Transportation, Garment District Alliance, A2M Architects,
New York Passive House, North American Passive House Network, 475 Building Performance Supply, Steven Winter Associates, SYNLawn, and Ice Box donation from the City of Vancouver.
April 21 – May 23, 2018
Garment District – Broadway and 40th Street
New York City
The Ice Box Challenge in New York City has ended and the final results are in!
The Passive House box is 756 pounds, which is 42% of its orginal size.
The Standard Building Code box is 126 pounds, so there is only 7% left.
The Code box has melted over 630 pounds more than the Passive House box!
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!
About the Ice Box Challenge
The #IceBoxChallengeNYC is a contest and an experiment to demonstrate how a home can be super energy efficient AND comfortable. The Ice Boxes are left outside in the sun for a month. When they are opened, the amount of ice left in each box will be measured. How much ice is left shows how well each Ice Box keeps out the summer heat. Better building design can help us reduce our carbon pollution without changing our behavior. Energy-efficient homes are comfortable, quiet, and healthy.
Why High Performance Buildings?
Quite simply, it’s how we build & feel better.
High-performance buildings are reliable, affordable, comfortable buildings that use energy efficiently, so you’re heating or cooling only your home and not the outdoors. They stay comfortable and quiet throughout the year, including through summer heatwaves, winter storms and power outages. These buildings use up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling than other buildings do, while maintaining good indoor ventilation and air quality. They are easy to maintain. They are also affordable to build, own, live in and work in.
Passive House Standard
A simple, quality-assured approach to designing and constructing better buildings is the Passive House standard. In Brussels, the Passive House standard was adopted as the building code in 2015, making it the first region in the world to require such a stringent standard. Given its success, the Brussels program can be used as a model to develop programs in other cities that support and award best practices in building construction, including New York City’s voluntary High Performance Retrofit Track, part of the NYC Retrofit Accelerator program.
The Challenge is provided by Brussels-Capital Region and Brussels Invest & Export / hub.brussels, organized with the Building Energy Exchange, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, NYC Department of Transportation and supported by Garment District Alliance, A2M Architects, New York Passive House, North American Passive House Network, 475 Building Performance Supply, Steven Winter Associates, SYNLawn, and Ice Box donation of the City of Vancouver.
Credits: Stark Architecture, E3 Eco Group, Slow & Steady Design, and Footprint Sustainable Housing Corp
Special thanks to: Birdsmouth Construction, JBS Project Management, Ryan McCuaig, Nicholson Kovalchick Architects and Association for Energy Affordability, Inc., SIGA
Prizes by: Visit.Brussels, Citi Bike, Shelton Brothers, Godiva Chocolates, BXL Zoute, Oli-B