South Pole SIP Science Station

Location: South Pole, Antarctica

Project Information

Project Type: Public Works
Manufacturer: Enercept
Design Professional:
Year Built: 2008


High Performance: No
HERS/EUI Index Score:
ACH50 - Blower Test Results:
CO2 lbs./sq.ft./year:

SIPA manufacturing member Enercept worked alongside the contractor in the manufacture of the SIPs for the project; providing the design greater R-value (R50+ for the walls and R-70+ for the roof panels) and superior strength when compared to standard framing methods. Enercept also worked with the builder in the construction of its Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI Satellite) at the Pole. For both the station and DASI, the use of SIPs gave the project a material that was system built, generated less waste, and – most importantly – offered the builder a greater speed of construction.

Why did they build this 60,000 sq. ft. building with Enercept SIPs? For the superior insulating qualities and because a quick construction cycle was critical to this building project. A key feature in this building is that it can be lifted over time to avoid being buried in the drifting snow.


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Enercept, Inc.

Watertown, SD


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