Helping the world’s first “zero emission” research station reduce its
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.
Learn about silicone construction
solutions from Dow Corning.