The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York

            <img src="" border="0" />On the bustling streets of Broadway Boulevard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" >New York City</a>, two multi-colored huts are trying to get the public excited about hyper efficient buildings. Part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Ice Box Challenge</a>, the&nbsp;environmental public art installation has been touring the world, demonstrating the merits of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Passive House</a> design.

The Challenge, which has popped up in Brussels, Seattle, Vancouver, and now New York City, involves two small sheds—one built to Passive House Standards, and the other, to the local city's building codes. One ton of ice is then placed inside each, and left outside in the summer heat for one month. The display then invites passersby to check out the progress, and see which building design and construction has done a better job at keeping the ice from melting.  The New York City huts have been designed by A2M Architects, a Belgian firm known for championing quality contemporary with high environmental value; They also built the original installation in Brussles. The Ice...

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