Spray foam in Antarctica: Scott Base.

Scott Base, New Zealand’s only Antarctic research station found at Pram point at the southern end of Ross Island has recently been granted the funding to redevelop and fully replace the existing station.

Leighs Construction have been contracted to construct the 8 modular systems at Primeport Timaru site to complete the main buildings. At which point they will be transported to Scott base for final assembly.

Part of the logistical requirements was to rehouse some of the longer-term experiments, some of which have been running uninterrupted since 1957, in a new purpose-built long-term science building.

The new science building has been constructed to endure the hostile Antarctic environment of extreme winds and cold polar temperatures and is elevated to help manage snowdrift.

NZ Foam was proud to be chosen to install the insulation, critical to combat the extreme and harsh conditions found on the worlds driest and coldest continent.

NZ Foams Orange Premium Closed cell spray foam was chosen, as this insulation product is the only insulation available which can handle these extreme conditions to create a comfortable environment for our scientists and sensitive equipment to work in.

The brief given for the insulation was to achieve a thermal barrier of R5.2 while minimising the space needed in the walls to achieve this high thermal resistance. With our Orange Premium spray foam we managed to achieve this in less than a 120mm cavity, maximising the work space available to the scientists.

NZ Foam look forward to the continued association with the Scott Base redevelopment team and Leighs Construction to build the most technological up to date and comfortable research station in Antarctica.

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