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Monolithic Dome Homes

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Maryam Zaidi

on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of Monolithic Dome Homes

Why choose the dome home?
Monolithic Domes use half as much concrete and steel as traditional buildings.
The curved shape of the dome makes it resistant to wind and storm damage.
During earthquakes, Monolithic Domes move with the ground instead of collapsing.
Monolithic Domes cannot be damaged by fire, rot, or insects.
The thermal mass of the concrete walls makes Monolithic Domes energy-efficient.
Affordable prices
The long-term, day-to-day costs of a Monolithic Dome will always be lower due to energy efficiency and weather damage protection
It is not uncommon to save over 50% of heating and air conditioning bills
The true cost of Dome Homes is relatively the same price as its normal home counterpart per square foot.
Dome Homes around
the world!!
Due to its minimal costs and efficiency, Monolithic dome architecture is used by global organizations such as the "Domes for the World Foundation" to build shelters and homes for impoverished populations
I view the idea of dome home construction to be a brilliantly executed concept of updating a traditional method of architecture and adjusting it to suit modern day demands- specifically energy efficiency and lowered costs. Utilizing this technology for charities dedicated to housing impoverished communities is far more cost-efficient for charities and foundations. Dome homes are modern, unique, and destined to join the eco-friendly scene in the near future.
What is it?
Monolithic domes are mosque-shaped buildings that are energy-efficient, weather resistant, and consume far less resources than typical building structures
Monolithic architecture is the construction of a structure using a single material
The earliest use of this method is considered to be igloo
How are they constructed?
Starts off as a concrete ring base
Reinforced with the structural integrity needed to withstand weather ordeals
Airform assumes the shape of the dome while the surface is coated with insulation
2-3 inches of concrete is placed over the Airform surface
After the concrete dries, the Airform is deflated for reuse

Ngelepen, Indonesia was a community devastated by the May 2006 earthquake in Central Java. This village of 80 Domes brought new homes to 71 families, clean water, a school, and a medical clinic.
A future Ethiopian orphanage under construction
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