The recent spate of tornadoes dramatically illustrate just how badly we need to change our ways of building structures. We see articles written by high-powered individuals claiming that it’s simply not possible to construct a tornado-safe building. But that doesn’t make any sense because Monolithic is doing it everyday.
Here’s what those individuals are really saying, “We have not investigated what we can do to build a tornado-safe structure.” Many people have the idea that tornado-safe buildings are more expensive. We have proven that they are not more expensive and many times are less expensive.
Right now we have a huge need for residential, commercial, public and government buildings that are tornado-, hurricane-, earthquake- and fire-safe. Monolithic Domes are all that and more. They’re super energy-efficient; school administrators are reporting a 50% to 70% reduction in power bills. And the domes are as green as grass!
Monolithic has been teaching, training, promoting and building these domes for 35 years. Some 4000 Monolithic Domes are in use, working and well proven in 52 countries and 49 American states. But they are still a secret!
It’s a tough job to let everybody in the United States and on this planet know about a new product. We teach this innovative but streamlined construction method to any and all comers. We are doing our best to provide safety in our structures. And still we are a secret.
At Faith Chapel Christian Center (FCCC) in Birmingham, Alabama, the April 28 tornado hurled itself over seven very large Monolithic Domes. But looking at those domes, you wouldn’t even know a tornado had ravaged the area. The damage to the domes that this EF-4 tornado, with winds between 165 and 200 mph, caused was minimal – just cosmetic. But administrators at FCCC tell us that that same tornado made scrap metal from one of their large metal buildings and seriously damaged several other non-dome structures.
The state of Texas is pushing to get people to build hurricane- and tornado-safe buildings. In some areas, FEMA grants that may cover up to 75% of the construction cost of a disaster-resistant structure are available. Schools in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas have successfully applied for and received FEMA money for the construction of a Monolithic Dome. Why would anyone not want to go after such grants?