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Monolithic Newsletter — July 2014

Our July Roundup features a gorgeous Monolithic Dome Home in College Station, Texas and David South warns of the danger of building domes with extremely low profiles in his latest President’s Sphere. Additionally, you can listen to Mr. South’s “Computer America” Radio interview. Don’t miss the latest Monolithic Dome news, interesting links and Barry Byers’ latest comic, “Strength Test!” (Continued…)

The Strength Test

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What happens when a Monolithic Dome and a conventional home go head-to-head in a weightlifting contest? Find out in Barry Byers’ latest cartoon, “Strength Test.” (Continued…)

The Whiteacre Residence—An Elegant Paradise

Image: The beauty of Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home and the surrounding curvature of the landscape invite guests in for a unique and memorable visit. Most importantly, however, is the well thought out design that always welcomes the Whiteacre family home to their dome.

Matthew and Jari Whiteacre dreamed about building a Monolithic Dome Home for a long time before their dreams became plans. In September 2013, after transforming 1.93 acres of scrub brush, grass and trees into an elegant paradise, the Whiteacres realized their dream and moved into their gorgeous new Monolithic Dome home in College Station, Texas. Graceful curves echoing the curves of the Monolithic Dome are the hallmark of this estate. Read more about this stunning Monolithic Dome Home and view gorgeous photos of the Whiteacre’s home in this article. (Continued…)

David B. South Interviewed on Craig Crossman’s “Computer America” Radio Show

Recently, Monolithic’s President, David B. South, was interviewed by Craig Crossman, a national columnist and Monolithic Dome Home owner, and Co-Host, Ben Crossman, on Craig’s popular Internet radio show, Craig Crossman’s Computer America. The show is now in its twenty-first season in nationally syndicated radio and this interview is educational, entertaining and important. If you are thinking about building a new home, this is a “Must Listen.” (Continued…)

Monolithic Domes Provide Shelter from Hurricanes in Southeast Texas

Any sturdy building had to be declared a hurricane shelter in the Woodsboro, Texas area up until four years ago. At that time, two hurricane-proof Monolithic Dome gymnasiums, which could act as hurricane shelters for the community, were built in Woodsboro and Edna, reports J. R. Ortega in the story, Hurricane-proof domes could provide salvation for those in path of storm, in the Victoria Advocate(Continued…)

The Dangers of Low-Profile Monolithic Domes

Image: DOME PROFILE 1:8 on Stemwall – At 1:8, construction becomes extremely dangerous. The 1:8 ratio is pure foolishness. It works where non air-forming is done because the application of the concrete is not going to be a big deal in the shape, but with the air-forming it is a big deal and it is extremely important not to play with it.
(Remember, as the side thrust goes up, the pressures go up and the chance of distortion goes way up.)

In David B. South’s latest President’s Sphere, he addresses the risks of constructing low-profile Monolithic Domes. Using his forty years of experience building Monolithic Domes and thin-shell pioneer, Dr. Arnold Wilson’s engineering expertise, he cautions dome-builders that dropping the profiles of Airformed domes can have catastrophic consequences with no appreciable benefits. (Continued…)

The Legend of Domestone

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Have we mentioned that Monolithic Domes are super strong? Cuzzins Jeb and Joe found that out the hard way in Barry Byers’ latest Monolithic Dome Comic, The Legend of Domestone(Continued…)

Monolithic Newsletter — June 2014

Read about Monolithic Dome Schools, China’s first Monolithic Dome Granary, Aggieland Fitness Dome and read President, David B. South’s latest President’s Sphere “Monolithic Dome Petroleum Coke Storages” in our June edition of The Roundup. Also featured is a Monolithic Dome heated only by light bulbs, a model of a Monolithic Dome village made of coconuts and enjoy Barry Byers’ latest Monolithic Dome Comic, The Legend of Domestone.
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Monolithic Dome Petroleum Coke Storages

Image: Petroleum Coke Storage — In St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Hovensa Coker Storage, Bechtel Corp. has two 254′ × 127′ Monolithic Domes. With a capacity of 40,000 metric tons, they’re the world’s largest petroleum coke storages. After this photo was taken, an equipment tower and conveyor system was set on top of the domes. The weight allowance was one million pounds.

Petroleum coke, often called “petcoke,” is a byproduct of oil refineries. Monolithic Dome Petroleum Coke Storages are the best solution to the problem of storing petcoke out in the open in massive dust-pollution generating piles that is swiftly becoming an unacceptable solution to the American public. Read more in David B. South’s latest President’s Sphere(Continued…)

Aggieland Fitness Dome

Image: The exterior brick facade provides a beautiful finish. The “rust color” trim matches the brick and gives the facility continuity. A conventional entryway greets members.

Aggieland Fitness Dome was complete in January 2004 and was the world’s first Monolithic Dome fitness center. The 124′ × 40′ dome encompasses 12,000 square. feet on ground level and 2400 square feet on the mezzanine level. “The dome has done all the things I was hoping it would do. It differentiates us from other buildings and brings potential customers through the door,” said Steve Lumpee, owner of Aggieland Fitness in College Station, Texas. (Continued…)

I’m Cuckoo For Coconuts

Image: Coconut model of future project of Indonesian dome builder, Antonius “Yoss” Yusanto.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, but when in Indonesia, use coconuts to build scale models of dome projects! Albert Einstein purportedly said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” We agree and think this coconut model of a future project of Indonesian dome builder, Antonius “Yoss” Yusanto, is both creative and smart. (Continued…)

Monolithic Dome Owner Heats Home All Winter Using Light Bulbs

Image: The Ceiling light with five 100 watt lightbulbs Monolithic Dome owner, Jerry Cleveland, has been using to heat his Monolithic Dome through the winter.

Sometimes people find the Monolithic Dome to be so efficient, they can heat them in creative, non-traditional ways. Monolithic Dome owner, Jerry Cleveland, recently sent us an E-mail about the super energy-efficiency of his Monolithic Dome. He had been heating his Monolithic Dome with Christmas lights which had stopped working, so he substituted a ceiling light with five sockets. (Continued…)

Homes Links

Are you interested in learning more about Monolithic Domes, but don’t know where to start? We have simplified the process for you by providing links to Monolithic Dome articles, books, newsletters, house plans and more. Check it out! (Continued…)

Monolithic Newsletter — May 2014

Don’t miss our May 2014 Roundup Newsletter! Follow the link in our lead story to read about tornado-proof Monolithic Domes on The New York Times Dot Earth Blog by Andrew Revkin. Read about a Monolithic Natural Ovens bakery and view pictures of an upscale Monolithic Dome Home in Montana. If you wish to attend our Monolithic Workshop next week at our lowest prices, follow the link to register. Read David B. South’s latest “President’s Sphere” about Monolithic Dome Airplane Hangars and enjoy a fun, new dome comic. (Continued…)

Monolithic Dome Airplane Hangars and the Invention of the Hangar Door

Image: Rendering of a small Monolithic Dome hangar with lateral door used for a private jet. Millions of dollars are spent on private jets and corporate air travel yet these planes are often stored in hangars incapable of protecting the planes during violent weather. A Monolithic Dome hangar is a tiny price to pay to protect a multi-million dollar investment.

Read the story of the invention of the revolutionary Monolithic Dome Airplane Hangar Door in David B. South’s latest President’s Sphere. Monolithic Dome Airplane Hangars are super energy efficient, tornado safe, firesafe and earthquake safe. They are also about as bulletproof as you can make a building. Included in his story, is a sketch of a Monolithic Dome Hangar for the F-35 Airplane. (Continued…)

“I Want to Live in a Dome,” a new single by the Rich Lynch Band

Musician, Rich Lynch recently told us, “The only thing I thought I could do to get the dream of living in a dome moving along was to write a song about it.”

Well, he did and we think it’s great! According to his website, “Rockin’ Rich Lynch has been writing and recording music for over 30 years.” This indie rocker out of New Jersey hoping to build his Monolithic Dome Home soon says he’s “ready to build this house – and career – one song at a time.” (Continued…)

Tornado-Proof Monolithic Domes featured in New York Times

The Monolithic Dome was recently featured in The New York Times Dot Earth Blog by Andrew Revkin. After Sunday’s spate of deadly tornadoes, Revkin says it is time to "think outside the box—and inside the dome. Revkin points out that Monolithic Dome Schools meet FEMA standards for community tornado shelters and can provide safe haven for residents as well as students and teachers. “A growing number of school districts in tornado or hurricane hot spots, many with grants from FEMA have chosen this option,” he says. Enlightening, interesting and on the mark. The Monolithic Dome is hard to overlook with all of it’s outstanding benefits, safety being a major one. It’s time to think round. (Continued…)

Upscale Monolithic Dome Home in Montana

Image: The beautiful exterior of the 5,000 sq. ft. Monolithic Dome Home near Flathead Lake  houses stunning interior spaces like this living room.

This gorgeous Monolithic Dome sits next to Flathead Lake and has a spectacular view of the Mission Mountains. The property includes 4.5 acres of prime Montana real estate and a pond with a waterfall in front of the house. The view and the home are truly amazing. (Continued…)

Natural Ovens Bakery— A “Whole” Lot of Firsts

Image: Shell construction was completed in December 2001.

In 1834 a small settlement in northwest Indiana got its first log cabin. That settlement was Valparaiso, whose name was chosen because of its meaning: vale of paradise. One hundred sixty-nine years later, Valparaiso, now with a population of more than 27,000, got its first Monolithic Dome — a manufacturing facility built by Paul and Barbara Stitt, owners of Natural Ovens Bakery, headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. (Continued…)

Monolithic Newsletter — April 2014

In our April 2014 issue of “The Roundup,” read about modern EcoShell I construction, berming a Monolithic Dome and see photos of Shallowater ISD’s Airform for their new practice gym. Also, enjoy a comic from the creators of B.C. showing the evolution of the domicile, find links to sign up for our April and May workshops and read a new President’s Sphere from our president and founder, David B. South. (Continued…)

Berming a Monolithic Dome

Image: This bermed Monolithic Dome home belonging to Al Schwartz is covered with a spectacular combination of natural stone from the area and local vegetation.

Have you ever thought about berming your Monolithic Dome? If you have, you’re in luck! It’s very simple to do because of the Monolithic Dome’s inherent strength. Learn how to avoid water problems by addressing the footing. Read about the preferred method for backfilling and more. (Continued…)

Monolithic Newsletter – February/March 2014

Can you build a dome using salt water and beach sand? What about an indoor rodeo arena? What was it like building a Monolithic Dome Home? Find out in the latest issue of The Roundup — Presenting the Latest Monolithic News (February/March 2014). (Continued…)

Salt Water Concrete—A Reality

Image: Basalt reinforced domes would be an attractive, low-cost solution for coastal communities. Small homes (similar to this steel reinforced EcoShell) could be built by hand.

Can you imagine being able to build a concrete dome on the seashore using only the available sea water and beach sand? David B. South addresses the building of Ecoshells using salt water and salty sand in his latest “President’s Sphere.” The use of basalt rebar makes this not only possible, but completely simple and feasible. (Continued…)

Laying out a Prolate Ellipse

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Often we are asked how to lay out the foundation for a prolate ellipse. Some people want to have their Monolithic Dome home shaped as a prolate ellipse. One reason people might want this design is because they have a narrow lot and need to squeeze the dome in the middle to make it fit. Sometimes they want the length of the dome to be longer so they get more of a look of what is on the outside of the building. (Continued…)

Monroe County, Mississippi school district awaits approval for two new domes

The Hatley and Hamilton Schools in the Monroe County School District, in Hatley, Mississippi are awaiting FEMA funding approval to build two new domes on their campuses. The new domes will feature a basketball gym, restrooms, a coach’s office, an electrical room and storage closets, and will also serve as a shelter for students, faculty as well as the community in the event of severe weather. (Continued…)

This is my Story……. This is my Song

The following is a heartfelt story from Linda Robertson. She is very passionate about helping children with problems. And she has a plan how to expand what she is doing. But she needs help. Please read her story. If it touches you please call or contact her and see what you can do together. (Continued…)

Tips for building in remote locations

Image: Dome home built in a remote location near Alpine, Texas

When building in remote locations, there can be some extra requirements that need to be considered. In this article, David B. South, gives some of his top tips for building in these out-of-the-way places. Fire safety, planning, construction, generators and contract workers are some of the topics he addresses in this helpful article. (Continued…)

Monolithic Dome wind test yields exciting results

Image: This is the dome in Avalon, Texas that we used for our test.  The anemometer was placed at the apex of the dome, on a new post.

The Monolithic Dome Institute (MDI) teamed up with Engineer Morris Boughton to study wind speed over the top of a Monolithic Dome. During a series of tests in Avalon, Texas, the hypothesis that the wind speed increases over the top of the dome was proven. (Continued…)

2013 Monolithic Holiday Gift Ideas

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice or just want to find the perfect gift during December, we have something for everyone! (Continued…)

Would igloos (Monolithic Domes) lower risk of fertilizer explosions?

In response to the deadly explosion six months ago in West, Texas, Federal agencies will soon be making recommendations to Congress on how to reduce the risk at fertilizer storage facilities. Should igloos (Monolithic Domes) be among the ideas? During a recent interview with Dave Fehling that appears on the website StateImpact.NPR.org, David South answers that question. (Continued…)