Why Domes?

Sustainable Domes creates residential infrastructure products that serve the mission of fostering sustainability on planet earth. Our company manufactures turn-key dwellings designed for rapid assembly integration with multiple sustainable technologies. The proprietary products we make use high performance green building materials derived from as many renewable or recycled sources as possible. Our business practices incorporate sustainable design principles like biomimicry, work to preserve natural capital resources and utilize cutting-edge green building methods. Sustainable Domes are made to protect the families that live in them and preserve the planet that we live on.


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Top 10 Reasons for Sustainable Domes

Strength: Geodesic domes distribute the stress loads across the entire structure, as opposed to the right angles of typical box structures, which gives them incredible structural strength.  In addition, geodesic domes are the only man-made structure that gets proportionally stronger as it increases in size.  Sustainable domes are made of high performance materials like basalt and magnesium oxide giving them structural integrity similar to structures like precast concrete and monolithic domes.     

Versatility: Sustainable Domes provide an enclosed space, free of structural supports like cross beams, which eliminates the need for vacant, non-livable areas like attics and crawl spaces.  In addition, structures are designed to be comfortably livable as residential dwellings due to their natural acoustics and high thermal mass; however, they are also well suited for many other infrastructure applications.         

Ease of Assembly: Sustainable dome structures are made of lightweight, triangular shaped, structurally insulated panels (SIPs) designed for rapid assembly, making them buildable as quickly as one day by a small crew.  The building process for a sustainable dome reduces construction time by 50%, or more; thus, reducing labor costs, limiting subcontracting requirements and eliminating the likelihood of incidental injuries resulting from the construction phase.    

Temp-to-Perm Structures: Sustainable domes are designed for installation as permanent, green built residential dwellings; however, due to their SIP frame and Modular design they can be rapidly assembled and disassembled.  Thus, these structures are ideal for temporary use as disaster relief shelters, school rooms, on-site hospitals, storage facilities, agricultural applications and temporary-to-permanent housing.   

Affordability: Sustainable dome components are manufactured in a specialized factory, utilizing high performance green building materials and a proprietary panelized design which makes them significantly more affordable than site-built structures.  In addition, these dwellings have limited long-term maintenance and high energy efficiency; thus, reducing long-term costs.         

Reduced Waste: Sustainable domes create virtually no waste because they are manufactured in a controlled factory environment, shipped to site and assembled rapidly using our panelized building system.  Our building materials come into the factory as raw aggregates and leave as a finished product.  Our company incorporates sustainable manufacturing processes, utilizing materials with low embodied energy, designed to reduce waste; in addition, any waste created as a result of the manufacturing process is recycled and used in non-structural elements of the domes.  No trees are cut down for our structures; thus, we are sequestering carbon and contributing to the fight against global warming.    

Energy Efficiency: Sustainable domes provide high energy efficiency due to the extremely tight building envelope, excellent insulating properties of magnesium oxide and polyurethane foam; as well as, from the moderate thermal mass provided by our proprietary SIP design.  Our structures are designed to use at least 50% less energy than conventional homes of the same size.                    

Disaster Resistance: Sustainable domes are aerodynamic, eliminate roof and truss structures and are made of high-performance green materials designed to withstand considerable wind loads from severe storms like tornados, hurricanes and typhoons.  In addition, due to their high structural integrity, they perform extremely well in such natural disasters as earthquakes, floods and severe wind storms.  Finally, sustainable domes are made of high performance, non-combustible, green materials that are tested and proven to be fire-proof, insect-proof and mold resistant.
 
Long Life Cycle: Sustainable domes are designed to last centuries rather than decades.  Our structures have no wood components making them immune to rot, termites and degradation from moisture.  One of the main building materials we use, magnesium oxide, can be found in such structures as The Great Wall of China.  Our domes have a strong resistance to high winds, flood waters, seismic activity and fires making them perfect as permanent residential dwellings in coastal environments and disaster prone areas.       

Sustainability: Our dwellings are designed for high energy efficiency, resistance to natural and man-made disasters, eliminate the use of wood from primary forests, utilize building materials with low embodied energy, incorporate recycled&renewable materials wherever possible, have no VOCs or toxicity; and importantly, integrate with sustainable technologies for renewable energy production&storage, clean water, fresh air, organic food production and efficient wastewater management.  Homes are made to protect the families that live in them and preserve the natural capital of the planet that we live on.    




Sustainable Domes VS Traditional Homes

Sustainable Domes are similar to Modular and Manufactured homes in that they are built in a factory setting where raw materials and qualified personnel are brought together in a controlled environment to create a finished product; construction within a factory eliminates the possibility of damage from weather and removes many of the problems of the site-built sector (poor weather, theft, vandalism, injury and damage to materials stored on site); internal regulation and inspection are high during the manufacturing process to assure only the highest quality product is released from the factory; the units are typically affixed to a permanent foundation that is poured on site; and finally, factory employees are trained, scheduled and managed by an employer, as opposed to the system of contracted labor in the site-built sector.

Our products differ from Modular&Manufactured homes for the following reasons: our products use no wood in its construction, we don’t subscribe to the typical design of box structures, the dome product isn’t shipped to site as a pre-fabricated dwelling, but as a series of SIPs; and finally, our products will require assembly and interior finishing work once delivered to site.  

Sustainable domes achieve many of the same benefits and performance of Concrete Structures (e.g. Precast Concrete Walls&Monolithic Domes).  Our wall systems use Magnesium Oxide (a concrete alternative) on the exterior and interior of the envelope of the building which, like concrete, reduces the amount of air infiltration into the building; thus, reducing the amount of airborne moisture entering the building.  This barrier provides for better air quality, less chance for molds and more efficient use of HVAC systems.  Our structures, like concrete, do not rust, rot or burn.  Finally, the structures are resistant to natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes.  Our dwellings are ideal for disaster prone climates where concrete structures are currently being used but cost significantly less than existing concrete products on the market.     

Sustainable domes are structurally stronger than conventional wood and mortar built structures, use less building materials, create less waste and have reduced construction times; thus, making them safer and more cost effective than traditional building methods.  Our dome structures are built rapidly because of their prefabricated panel design.  They use less energy to heat and cool than conventional structures.  Their shape offers a more spacious feeling than box shaped buildings by eliminating corners, which contributes to improved air circulation and natural lighting.

In conclusion, our products are designed to obtain the same benefits as Modular housing by eliminating the headaches and potential pitfalls of the site built process.  Sustainable domes are similar in cost to manufactured dwellings but provide significantly improved energy efficiency, building life cycle and resistance to natural disasters.  We provide dwellings that combine the benefits of modular housing, the performance of concrete structures and the affordability of manufactured housing.       

 

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