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Fascinating Silicone™ Sustainability

Helping the world’s first “zero emission” research station reduce its ecological footprint

International Polar Foundation’s Princess Elisabeth Research Station, Antarctica

The Princess Elisabeth Research Station in Antarctica is designed to be the first ever “zero emission” research station. Constructed by the International Polar Foundation (IPF), the station will run entirely on renewable energy and be highly energy efficient. The IPF believes that if it is possible to construct such a building in a region as cold and harsh as the Antarctic, it is possible to do the same anywhere in the world.

Research conducted at the station will help identify key environmental and climate changes and advance the understanding of the Earth’s ecosystem. The station will also test building designs intended to reduce environmental impact and building products suitable for use in hostile environments. Air temperatures at the station routinely dip to -50°C (-122°F), and wind gusts can reach as high as 240 kph (149 mph).

Choosing appropriate materials to seal and bond the station’s insulating glass windows was one of the IPF’s greatest challenges. They chose silicone, not only for its stated capabilities, but also for its proven performance.

Silicone sealants are known for their high tensile and tear strength; long-term flexibility; resistance to harsh weather, temperature extremes, and ultra-violet light; and excellent adhesion to building materials. This made silicone insulating glass sealants the perfect fit for helping the station reduce its ecological footprint through energy savings.

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