The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is an extreme climate project with critical needs in terms of energy performance, tightness of the building envelope, fresh air exchange and quality of indoor air. The design used and integrated engineering and architectural approach to achieve these goals.
All heating is provided by jacket cooling and exhaust gas heat exchangers at the primary diesel power plant. Alternative energy systems use wind and solar power providing up to 14% of the station's power requirements. Good indoor air quality is ensured by low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives, caulking compounds and insulation.