Super Dome Homes

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Monolithic domes are long-standing, super-insulated structures that can withstand the forces of mother nature during hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes.  These structures also resist fire, termites, and rot.  Consisting of only major 4 ingredients, these dome structures cost less to construct than conventional buildings of the same size and use up to 50% less energy for heating and cooling.

Various shapes and sizes of monolithic domes are possible.  These low-maintenance buildings feature open floor plans and can be built as one or two-story buildings.  They can be designed for virtually any use: office or business complex; school; church, synagogue or temple; gymnasium or sports arena; theater or amphitheater; airplane hangar; factory; bulk storage facility; house or apartment complex; military installation.

These energy efficient structures are built to last for centuries and use less material (generally 50% to 75% less) to cover the same space utilized by a ‘square’ conventional building.  Another benefit is that there are no weather-related construction delays since the majority of work takes place inside the inflated Airform.

Monolithic domes are constructed of an Airform, polyurethane foam, rebar, and concrete.  An Airform is an inflatable fabric structure, made of PVC coated nylon or polyester fabrics. When inflated, the Airform determines the shape and size of the finished building, and it remains on the structure as its roof membrane.  Then a polyurethane foam is sprayed on the inside of the inflated Airform, providing a vapor barrier and excellent insulation.  Rebar is added for extra structural support.  A special mix of concrete is spray-applied and covers the foam and embeds the rebar on the inside of the dome.

If you’d like to learn more about these cool, comfortable buildings, check out the Monolithic Dome Institute’s website.

Tag(s): Energy, Green Building, Greening the Home, Greening the Office


One Response to “Super Dome Homes”

  1. lily on March 7th, 2010 8:43 pm

    this is a great idea for haiti and for their earthquake problems, but would it be strong enough to withstand a really large earthquake that was measured higher then 10?

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