Scottish Building Standard comes up short in ice box challenge

THE results are in for a two week ice box challenge in Glasgow which put the Scottish Building Standard up against Passivhaus.

Two huts built to the different standards were placed in the city’s St Enoch Square and filled with ice in a bid to determine how well each kept out the recent heat experienced in Glasgow.

Ending today (August 6), after two weeks, 120kg of ice remained in the Passivhaus build whilst the Scottish Building Standard hut was empty – after all ice melted five days ago.

Passivhaus is a highly energy efficient building performance standard originating from Germany, which Glasgow City Council and local housing associations are increasingly implementing in their new build and retrofit projects.

The test was a joint effort from the International Passive House Association, Glasgow City Council, Passive House Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, Passivhaus Trust and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and enjoys the patronage of the UNECE and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.