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Press Conference

Construction drawings for above-code icehouse.

Icehouse Demonstration Day: Unfreeze PA Energy Codes

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Starts On - June 6, 2017 - 9:00am
Ends On - June 6, 2017 - 10:00am
501 N 3rd St
Harrisburg , PA 17120

"Icehouse Demonstration Day: Unfreeze PA Energy Codes" will demonstrate the incredible performance of above-code buildings.

In the event of rain, the press conference will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the East Wing Rotunda.

One icehouse will be built to 2009 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) code, which is the current requirement in Pennsylvania. The other icehouse will be constructed to above-code standards (aka a high-performance building).

Both will be approximately 8'x 8'x 8' in size and house a huge block of ice inside the structure. The icehouses will be placed on the westside staircase outside the Main Capitol Rotunda beginning on June 1 and remain in place for three to four weeks.

Via the rate of ice melt within the structures, USGBC Central Pennsylvania and our partners will visually prove the superb performance of above-code structures and thereby seek to make changes to our building code adoption process, as well as update the current energy codes in Pennsylvania.

Demonstration Day: Tuesday, June 6
On Tuesday, June 6, we will hold our actual "Demonstration Day," which will begin with a press conference beside the Icehouses at 9 a.m. In the event of rain, the press conference will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the East Wing Rotunda.

Afterward, members of Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Green Building Alliance and USGBC Central Pennsylvania, as well as sustainability advocates, will meet with state legislators to discuss issues, including building codes, above-code building standards, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other measures that promote cost effective and environmentally-sensitive buildings and sites.

The three organizations will provide all materials and logistic support for the day. If you are interested in meeting with legislators on June 6 to advocate for these causes, please complete this online form.

If you cannot make our Demonstration Day, you can stop by the western exterior of the state Capitol building during the first three weeks of June to observe the ice melt inside the structures and read the educational signage on the Icehouses regarding the importance of energy codes and high-performance buildings.


Thank you to our icehouse donors and sponsors:

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