“Out of the Box: Architecture in a Changing Climate” at LA’s A+D Museum

Thu, 09/06/2018 -
6:20pm to 8:20pm

Passive House ‘Ice Box Challenge’ Comes to L.A. in Height of Summer to Show How to Build a Better Building | “Out of the Box: Architecture in a Changing Climate” Panel, Sept. 6 at LA’s A+D Museum

“Out of the Box: Architecture in a changing climate”, on September 6, 2018, 6:00pm, at the Architecture + Design Museum of Los Angeles, (A+D) will be the theme of the launch event for the Icebox Challenge in Los Angeles. The Challenge will offer a science demonstration that invites the public to discover the benefits of high-performance buildings through a visually fun experience.  To sign up for the A+D event, please click here.

The Icebox Challenge is a contest. It will be comprised of two small structures (5’x5’ – h: 11’), one built to the Title 24 California Building Code, and the other, built to the Passive House (PH) Standard optimized for the local climate. Each Ice Box will contain 500 pounds of ice. The Ice Boxes will be left outside for 7 days (between September 6th & September 13th), and then opened, measuring the amount of ice left in each box. How much ice is left will indicate how well each Ice Box keeps out the summer heat. 

“High-performance buildings are reliable, affordable, comfortable buildings that keep the indoors in and the outdoors out. They stay comfortable and quiet throughout the year, including through summer heatwaves, winter storms and power outages,” states Xavier Gaucher, co-President, Passive House California.

The September 6th A+D panel event will feature a lively roundtable of voices in the architecture and development community on the future of design in L.A., focusing on the principles of sustainable high-performance building design. Prior, a presentation from international PH expert Andrew Michler will introduce the subject, present the Passive House standard and show the loading of the ice into the Iceboxes earlier in the afternoon at the nearby Net Zero Conference.

The PH standard is the leading international low energy building standard with more than 65,000 buildings around the globe in all climate zones, delivering a very high level of comfort with very low energy consumption. The 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, as well as affordable to build, own, live in and work in.

Passive House is a scientific integrated concept developed by the International Passive House Institute (PHI), an independent research institute, and which works for all type of buildings (single family houses, multi-family buildings, commercial buildings, museum, hospitals, hotels, museums, schools, etc.). The tallest PH Building -- the 26-story Cornell Tech Tower in New York -- was certified in September 2017; several taller buildings around the world are under construction (ex. Bilbao).

Accounting for 36% of global final energy use and 39% of energy related carbon dioxide emissions, the Building and Construction sector is a high impact sector that is ripe for climate mitigation. High-performance buildings (new and retrofit) are an important contribution to reducing the building industry’s CO2 emissions. 

The Icebox Challenge is organized in partnership with the Net Zero 2018 Conference (NZ18), and the boxes will be displayed at the Net Zero Conference location, the Net Zero Plus Building of the Electrical Training Institute in Commerce, CA. The Net Zero Conference is an affiliate event of the Global Action Climate Summit. The results of the Icebox Challenge in Los Angeles will also be relayed in San Francisco during the Global Climate Action Summit through the Global Alliance for Buildings & Construction Forum: Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector: Commitments from around the world.

On September 13th, after 7 days in the sun, the Icebox will be opened during the lunch break at NZ18. The quantity of ice remaining in each box will be weighed and the Los Angeles icebox challenge results announced.

A presentation, from Bronwyn Barry – Co-President of Passive House California & President of the North American Passive House Network – will follow at NZ18 (1:30PM-2:00PM): “Passive House standard, an Equitable ‘Net Zero’ for Buildings: Primary Energy Renewables and the All Electric Future”. 

September 14th, a Workshop will take place at NZ18 (1PM-4PM), “The Oscars for Envelope Design - Large and Small Buildings Category with Passive House California”:  Are you adding more insulation to your building envelope, but unwittingly undermining its effectiveness? Are there really cost effective – or free – details that will improve your building’s performance? Join us at this 3-hour workshop to look at specific details for large and small buildings that will help you optimize your building envelope and put you in the running for the Oscars of Building Envelope Efficiency. All details will be applicable to local California climates.  Speakers: Bronwyn Barry & Xavier Gaucher.


REGISTRATION: Please click here.


Additional information:

About Passive House California:
The Icebox Challenge in Los Angeles is a Passive House California (PHCA) event. The mission of Passive House California is to educate the public about the Passive House building performance standard to help create healthy, comfortable, durable, energy- and resource-efficient buildings and communities. PHCA is a 501(c)3 corporation filed in the State of California. PHCA is an affiliate organization of the North American Passive House Network – www.naphnetwork.org & of the International Passive House Association – www.passivehouse-international.org.

About the Passive House standard:
The Passive House standard is a rigorous, performance-based building method that reduces energy needs of a building and increases the amount of fresh air circulating inside that building. The buildings are designed using models that incorporate regional weather data so that they are built to withstand conditions specific to that area.

The results are buildings that are more resilient and less costly to own. And although the technology is called passive house, it can be used for all major building types (single family houses, office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, skyscrapers and so on). 

The Passive House standard is an affordable and reliable path to meet California Net Zero Energy goals for residential and commercial buildings, new constructions and renovations.

About Architecture + Design Museum (A+D) – www.aplusd.org:
A+D Museum, also known as Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, is a museum for architecture and design in Los Angeles. It is located in Downtown Los Angeles Arts District at 900 E 4th Street. The museum was created to celebrate and promote an awareness of architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs, and public outreach to the design community as well as the public in the greater Los Angeles area.

About Andrew Michler:
Andrew designed the first certified Passive House in Colorado Passive House rest/work space and is author of the book Hyperlocalization of Architecture published in 2015 on an experimental movement in global contemporary architecture based on place. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and board member of the North American Passive House Network.

About Net Zero Conference 2018 (Sept 12-14, Los Angeles)

The Net Zero Conference 2018 is the 3rd edition of the largest Net Zero Conference in the country; More than 1,000 attendees are expected.

About Global Climate Action Summit (Sept 12-14, San Francisco)

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launch pad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.

For additional information, please contact:
Xavier Gaucher
co-President, Passive House California
m: 626 524 0505


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