Video Unveils Winner of the Seattle Ice Box Challenge

Did the Code Box or the Passive House Box win the Challenge? Videographer Alan Rowe captured on film the excitement of September’s Seattle Ice Box Challenge, a public science experiment that uncovered the benefits of Passive House design and construction. 

Hear Brittany Porter and Katie Luedeman of NK Architects, as well as Shaun St-Amour of Footprint Sustainable Housing: all instrumental in making the Ice Box Challenge happen as part of the 2017 Seattle Design Festival in Occidental Park. And don’t miss cameos by local sustainability leaders Jessica Finn Coven (Office of Sustainability, City of Seattle) and Patti Southard (Green Tools, King County).

The Ice Box Challenge will tour in the U.S. in 2018, with appearances in New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, and points between.


Special thanks to partners Passive House Northwest, Passive House Canada, City of Vancouver, Cascade Built, and Footprint Sustainable Housing. Thanks to supporting sponsors 475 High Performance Building Supply, Small Planet Supply, Birdsmouth Construction, Evergreen Certified, Cascadia Windows and Doors, EuroLine Windows, SIGA Cover, and BCIT High Performance Building Lab. Designers and builders were Stark Architecture, E3 Eco Group, Slow & Steady Design, and Footprint Sustainable Housing.