About the Ice Box Challenge Glasgow

Ice Box Challenge Glasgow

The Ice Box Challenge is a scientific demonstration, visually highlighting the benefits of energy-efficient buildings. After a successful student competition to select the winning design, the ice boxes are now in the process of being fabricated. One box is being built to the Scottish Building Standard and the other to the Passive House Standard. The boxes will then be filled with an equal amount of ice and displayed for public viewing in St Enoch Square for two weeks. The amount of ice left in each box at the end of this period will be measured, and the level of remaining ice will be used to demonstrate how well each ice box kept out the heat.

Better building design can help us reduce our carbon pollution without changing our behaviour. Buildings that prioritise efficiency first are comfortable and healthy.

The boxes will form a public installation, on display from 23 July – 8 August 2021, in St Enoch Square, Glasgow.

We look forward to raising awareness for the vital role energy efficiency in buildings plays in meeting our climate goals in the run-up to COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference!



Late March Student competition launch
16 May Deadline to register interest
23 May Submission deadline
24-28 May Judging
28 May 3 Shortlisted finalists online presentations
Early June Announcement of winners
June-July Mentorship and fabrication with winning team
July 23 Opening of the 2021 Ice Box Challenge Glasgow
August 6 Closing of the 2021 Ice Box Challenge Glasgow

Further information

#EfficiencyFirst Campaign

Previous Ice Box Challenges