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New research building in Antarctica sealed in time for winter

By District Energy posted 04-05-2023 16:10




A far-from-home construction team has managed to make a major new research building at the UK’s Antarctic Rothera Research Station weathertight before winter descends on the Earth’s coldest continent.

In its fourth summertime construction season, contractor BAM, with technical advisor Ramboll and designer Sweco, managed to finish the cladding and install an operations tower on the British Antarctic Survey’s new Discovery Building before making the long journey back to springtime Europe.

Its combined heat and power plant should cut the station’s carbon emissions by 25%. This, along with photovoltaic solar panels, a thermally efficient building envelope and triple glazing, will make the building an exemplar for energy efficiency in the extreme setting.

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