The #IceBoxChallenge for 2017 has ended.

The final results are (drumroll, please):

BC Building Code Ice Box: 407kg
Passive House Ice Box: 639kg

Congratulations to first prize winner Alex Yakovenko and runner-up Bernadette Zuniga, and thanks to everyone who entered.

What can I win?

Prizes include:

  • A Whistler, B.C., getaway for two, with a personalized tour of Whistler-area Passive House buildings (travel costs to, from and around Whistler not included)
  • Tour of a Vancouver-area Passive House, and a one-year Science World standard family membership.

Contest Terms and Conditions

The Ice Box Challenge contest is hosted by Passive House Canada, located at 210 – 620 View Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1J6.


The Contest is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older and reside in the province of British Columbia.

All entrants are required to submit their full legal name, telephone number and e-mail address. Selected winners may be required to provide proof of age and residency, to be deemed the official winners.

Past and current employees of Passive House Canada, VanCity, the City of Vancouver and all companies and/or people associated with the Ice Box Challenge, directly or indirectly, at the discretion of Passive house Canada, including its affiliates, representatives, agents, advertising and promotional agencies, or their immediate family members and those domiciled with them, are not eligible to enter the Contest

There is no fee to enter the Contest; no purchase is necessary.

The Contest is limited to one entry per person. Passive House Canada reserves the right to reject what it deems to be multiple entries form one person.

Selecting the Winning Entry

The winning entry will be determined by comparing the sum of each Contestant’s guesses for the final weight of the ice from both structures, to the actual weight of the combined remaining ice from the structures, at or about 11:00 Pacific time, August 14, 2017. The contestant whose entry has a combined weight of the remaining ice from both structures that is the closest to the actual combined weight of the remaining ice, as determined by Misty West Engineering, will be determined to be the winning entry.

In the event of a tie, the contestant’s entry that has the closest weight of the actual weight of the remaining ice in the Passive House structure will be deemed to be the winner. Misty West Engineering’s determination of the winning entries will be final and binding.

The second prizes will be awarded to the second closest entry to the actual weight of the combined remaining ice with the same tie-breaking procedure, if necessary.

To win claim their prize, contestant will be required to answer a simple mathematical skill-testing question.

In the event that the winning contestants do not claim their prizes within 48 hours after being contacted by telephone and/or e-mail, Passive House Canada reserves the right to award the prize to runner up contestants.

Acceptance of Prizes

Prizes must be accepted as described in the Contest Terms and Conditions and cannot be transferred to another individual, substituted for another prize or exchanged in whole or in part for cash or credit.

Substitution of a Prize

Passive House Canada reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion and for any reason whatsoever, to substitute a prize or any part thereof, with an alternate prize of equivalent or approximate value.

Odds of winning

The odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.


Passive House Canada, the City of Vancouver, VanCity and their designees are not responsible for any losses or damages resulting from the awarding of any of the prizes in the Contest, nor do they make any express or implied warranties of any kind with respect to safety or performance of any prize.

Release and Exclusion of Liability

By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees:

  1. a) To release, discharge, and forever hold harmless each of Passive House Canada, the City of Vancouver, VanCity and their designees and their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, agents and other representatives (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all claims, actions, damages, demands, manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, duties, accounts, bonds, covenants, warranties, indemnities, claims over, contracts and liabilities of whatever nature or kind arising out of, or in connection with the entrant’s entry, entrant’s participation or attempted participation in the Contest, compliance or noncompliance with the Contest Terms and Conditions and acceptance and use of any prize or subsequent prizes or any portion thereof; and
  2. b) If selected as a potential Prize winner, to sign the Passive House Canada’s form of Declaration and Release and provide a personal photograph as pre-conditions to winning a prize.

The Releasees will not be responsible for lost, incomplete, late or misdirected entries or for any failure of the Contest website or app during the contest period, or for any technical malfunction or other problems with, any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software or for any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or app, or any combination of the foregoing, and will not be liable for any resulting injury, death or damage to any person or property arising from, or relating to, that person’s or any other person’s participation or attempted participation in the contest.

Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or app or to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and, should such an attempt be made, Passive House Canada reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

Consent to Use of Likeness

By submitting an entry to the Ice Box Challenge Contest, you understand that, during the course of or in connection with the Contest, photographs, video, and other recordings (the “Depictions”) may be taken of you, and your hereby grant Passive House Canada, the City of Vancouver, and their designees and licensees the right, in any and all manner and media throughout the world and in perpetuity, to disseminate, reproduce, record, exhibit, print and publish the Depictions, which may include your name, likeness, for any purpose, including, without limitation as news or informative matter and for advertising and publicizing Passive House Canada, the City of Vancouver, and their designees.