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Podcast: Backcountry Utah Interview – Monolithic Grow Domes

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David South, president of Monolithic, talks about a state-of-the-art technique that uses Grow Domes to grow fresh produce, anywhere, regardless of the weather or time of day. A Grow Dome is equipped with a computerized program of LED lighting that can actually trick a vegetable or a fruit into growing faster. (Continued…)

A Monolithic Dome Hobbit House

Image: Roomy — Some people find it hard to believe that this Monolithic Dome is built into the side of a hill, under 35 feet of earth, so that it’s Mother Earth who keeps the occupants warm and cozy.

JRR Tolkien, best known for his authorship of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, once said, “I am in fact a hobbit in all but size. I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands …. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humour; I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.” Based on that description, it’s very likely that Tolkien would have loved the Hobbit House of Montana. It’s also equally likely that he would have been amazed to learn that this Hobbit House started as a Monolithic Dome. (Continued…)

Basalt Fiber Rebar

Image: Image 12 — Corrosion resistant basalt rebar is tied with plastic zip ties as opposed to wire.

The construction industry is becoming aware of the existence of reinforcing bars made from fiber-reinforced plastic. Fiberglass rebar has been on the market for some time, making inroads where steel rebar doesn’t work well. There is now a new entry into this field, rebar made from basalt continuous filaments. (Continued…)

Living Off the Grid in a Dome Home

Image: Off-grid Conifer, Colorado Home — 3,800 sf home with breathtaking view of the Rockies.

People who live in Monolithic Dome homes usually are willing to think outside the box. So it’s not surprising that dome owners also commonly live “off the grid” or OTG for short. OTG is a term used to refer to homes that are self-sufficient when it comes to their utility services. They might generate their own electricy using wind, solar or other alternative energy sources. They also sometimes provide their own on-site heat. (Continued…)

Monolithic Emergency Center

Image: Emergency Center Prototype A (birds eye view) — This alternative for the Emergency Center has the three domes in a row. It will fit on narrower property. The size of the domes will be determined by what needs to go in the building.

A Monolithic Emergency Center is an all-encompassing complex that includes specific areas for fire engines, rescue vehicles and ambulances; 911 and police communication centers; a disaster shelter. It is much, much more than a fire station. (Continued…)

Meeting Today’s Needs

We are delighted to share our experience and expertise and teach our cutting-edge construction technology. Our position: No one outfit, no matter how big, can build all the buildings. We need you to help. The need for buildings is astronomical and you can help. (Continued…)

Zoning and Building Permits

Zoning is a huge subject. It could easily take a book or two. But fortunately as it pertains to Monolithic Domes, we have just a few things to cover. (Continued…)

The Orion

Image: The Orion — The Orion has straight, outer walls, but they do not compromise this Monolithic Dome’s strength, disaster-resistance and energy-efficiency.

How would you like to be the first owner and occupant of a new kind of house? “It’s a real kick,” said Gary Clark of Italy, Texas. Gary, vice president of operations at MDI, had recently moved into the first Orion — the youngest, newest sibling in the Monolithic Dome family. (Continued…)

Now Is The Time To: Plan Green Towns

During our past century, it seemed wise to live far from smelly factories and noisy industrial areas. That’s no longer true. Most smelly factories and industrial areas have been cleaned up. So why are we still settling for two-hour commutes to work? (Continued…)

Domes for the World: A Call to Action

Many of you have supported Domes for the World over the years, and followed our progress as we have worked to improve the lives of people in desperate need of safe and affordable housing. Now you have the opportunity to let the world know what you think about our efforts. (Continued…)

MetaMax

When we started the El Dorado Chemical Company plant in early 2010, we started doing some research on different additives to put in the concrete, to help with its chemical resistance. Early in our research, we came across an additive called MetaMax. (Continued…)

The Singer Dome: A Story of Perseverance

Image: Almost done — Windows will go all around cupola

I met William Singer in 1995, first by phone, then through the Monolithic Workshop he attended, and we have talked considerably since then. I am guessing that William was sixty plus when we first met, and, of course, the years piled on us all. After graduating from that Workshop, William, one of those independent guys who makes things happen, built his own dome-home. (Continued…)

Help Us Be A Changemaker

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David B. South has spent most of his life trying to change the world. Since building his first Monolithic Dome in 1975, he has been working to convince people to think outside the box. Now he has a chance to be formally recognized as a Changemaker as part of an international competition for sustainable urban housing. (Continued…)

An Invitation To Study the Architecture of the Future

We now have the technology! It’s here. We have it! We now know how to construct domes affordably. Monolithic suggests that architects, engineers and anyone else involved in structural design or construction learn the advantages of modern domes, and study the technology it takes to build them. Let us teach you. (Continued…)

SprayFoam.com features David South’s book

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On its homepage, SprayFoam.com, a website designed to serve the spray foam insulation community, is featuring Urethane Foam: Magic Material – And the Best Kept Insulation Secret. It describes the book as “a must-read for anyone with questions about the nature of urethane foam or its insulating qualities” and provides links for its purchase or free download. (Continued…)

Podcast: Backcountry Utah Interview – Monolithic Domes

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In an interview hosted by Brian Brinkerhoff of Backcountry Utah Radio, David South, talking about Monolithic Domes, mentioned HEED (Home Energy Efficient Design), a UCLA program. HEED’s ability to measure a structure’s energy consumption proves that a Monolithic Dome’s concrete on the inside, rather than the outside, of its polyurethane foam insulation makes it five times more energy-efficient. (Continued…)

Domes For The World: Rebuilding Haiti’s Orphanage Project Hope

Haiti’s devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010 claimed millions of victims. Some of the most destitute were parentless children living at an orphanage called Pwoje Espwa (Creole for Project Hope) in the Southern Region. Project Hope, which had been operating since 1998 by providing shelter, food, education and vocational training, was completely destroyed. (Continued…)

Domes For The World Foundation Asks You to Help

Image: Indonesian village of New Ngelepen — This village of 80 Domes brought new homes, clean water, a school, a masjiid and a medical clinic to 71 families.

The Domes For The World Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of people worldwide through the introduction and construction of Monolithic Domes and EcoShells for personal and public use. We will initiate and coordinate efforts to alleviate shortages of housing and community facilities in struggling cultures and impoverished lands. (Continued…)

Dome friendly lending companies

You’ve found the dome home of your dreams or you have plans to build one of your own; now you need financing to make it happen. While getting a mortgage used to be relatively simple, the 2008 downturn in the economy changed everything. Now lenders are requiring squeaky clean credit, bigger down payments, and solid appraisals. (Continued…)

Alternative Power

Alternative power and green buildings are often equated as meaning the same thing, but there are some real differences. It’s quite obvious that eliminating the need for power is far better, economically and environmentally, than using an expensive alternative power. So, do we need alternative power? Absolutely! (Continued…)

Permafrost

Image: Permafrost layers — The active layer will melt and freeze as the seasons change. While the permafrost stays permanently frozen and the talik never gets cold enough to freeze.

Permafrost is something most of us don’t ever have to worry about. In some parts of the United States, such as Florida, South Texas, Southern California and Arizona, the ground never freezes. You go further north and the ground only freezes a foot deep during the coldest winter months. But as you travel north, the ground may freeze two or three feet, then five or six feet. (Continued…)

The Hobbit Dome

Image: A Monolithic Dome Hobbit Home — The front entrance of this earth-bermed, Monolithic Dome home was designed to look like the entrance to a hobbit hole.

We wonder what Bilbo, Tolkien’s hero hobbit, would have thought about the earth-bermed, 1400-square-foot, Monolithic Dome home, completed in October 2004, in Flag Pond, Tennessee. (Continued…)

Smaller Homes Are Greener Homes

Green construction – that term has now taken on a lot of new meanings. It obviously can mean something as simple as painting a building green. But it more likely means something we do that helps keep our planet user friendly – since we and all living things are the users. There are many ways to make our planet greener. One, obviously, is to build smaller homes. (Continued…)

An old fashioned approach to dome layout

Image: 3-D Model — After brainstorming their floorplan, the Ecker’s built this cardboard 3-D model to study how light and room area might appear in their finished Monolithic dome.

Chris Ecker, a Monolithic Dome owner and designer, says, “There are numerous ways you could go about designing your dream dome, whatever the intended use will be. Based on our experience, here are our suggestions.” (Continued…)

Monolithic Dome’s Greenness Wins Neighborhood Approval

Image: Deck & south windows.  — Fruit & veggie gardens go all around the dome.

Charlotte, Vermont is a traditional town. Its charter dates back to 1762, its name exalts Charlotte Sophia, the wife of King George III, and most of its residents live in very traditional, wood frame, New England homes. However, in 2007, construction began on Vermont’s first Monolithic Dome, the unique home of Trisa and Dennis Gay and their son. (Continued…)

The Mudd-Puddle Dome On The Prairie: A Sight To See!

Image: A spacious, gracious home — It’s a multi-level dome with 4,900 square feet and has 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a large center room with living and dining areas, a kitchen, laundry, storage and maintenance areas.

Kay and Ernest Mudd moved into their 4900-square-foot, two-level Monolithic Dome home just about seven months ago, but they’ve already shown it to 1000 people. That number almost equals the population of their hometown: Dighton, Kansas. Located at the crossing of two state highways, K96 and K23, Dighton has about 1200 residents in its 0.9 square miles. So where did all the tourists come from? (Continued…)

Monolithic Compost Covers: Contributing to a Green Technology

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Since 2005 Managed Organic Recycling, Inc. (MOR) has been improving the process of composting organic waste – something our society produces by the thousands of tons every year. But while some people continue seeing this waste material simply as waste, John Bouey, MOR’s president, calls it a valuable resource. (Continued…)

Monolithic Indoor Waterparks

Image: Monolithic Dome Waterpark — One of its most fun features is a gigantic tube slide that starts atop the dome and finishes on its inside.

The image of children running around in bathing suits, in the winter, in Minnesota, Maine or Canada, seems an unlikely sight. Equally unlikely may be the sight of sweaty adults and children standing in a long line, baking in the hot Arizona sun, waiting for a short water ride. But waterpark fun can be enjoyed year round if designed inside a Monolithic Dome. (Continued…)

Domes: A Model of Sustainability

News articles are supposed to contain all the most important information about a topic in the “lead” or first paragraph of the story. Chris Sweifel very succinctly sums up the key advantages of Shotcrete domes in his article, which appears in the current issue of Shotcrete Magazine. Headlined “Shotcrete Domes: A Model of Sustainability,” the article starts off as follows. (Continued…)

London’s Science Museum to Feature Monolithic Domes in Exhibit

Image: London’s Science Museum — On December 3, the Science Museum in London will open a new exhibition that explores climate science which will feature hurricane resistant buildings. Among them is a Monolithic Dome home.

On December 3, the Science Museum in London will open a new exhibition that explores climate science. The exhibition is an immersive experience with a variety of objects, audiovisuals and interactives for the visitors to explore. One of the visuals - a touch screen information zone examining climate change — features hurricane resistant buildings. Among them is a Monolithic Dome home. (Continued…)

Water Clusters and Structure

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There is considerable debate, both academic and on the Internet, about structured and clustered water. Many say that clustered is water formed into a larger group of H20 molecules; consequently, it cannot as easily penetrate animal cells and plant roots as structured water can. Structured water, made up of just five or six molecules, is water in its simplest, more absorbable, more ideal state. (Continued…)

GOOD Magazine Showcases Monolithic Domes

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Inventor-illustrator Steven Johnson first fell in love with Monolithic Domes when he attended a builders’ workshop in Italy, Texas. This week, he had the opportunity to showcase dome technology in an unusual way - in a cartoon panel for GOOD magazine. Each week, Steve features leading-edge, pioneering designs in a cartoon-style format. His assignment is to find examples of products and ideas that move the world forward in creative ways. (Continued…)

Monolithic’s Vortex Turbulator: How and Why We Got Involved

Image: Monolithic’s Vortex Turbulator — This Vortex Turbulator was installed at the main water line going into David South’s home. It’s an easily maintained, reasonably priced, all encompassing system that  improves and invigorates water at every indoor and outdoor water outlet.

I poured water through litmus paper before and after passing it through a Vortex Turbulator, checking its pH after each pour. I was absolutely stunned to find that simply passing the water through the Vortex Turbulator increased its pH by five to ten percent. It literally makes water-weter. (Continued…)

Drinking Turbulated Water May Stimulate Long Life

Image: Turbulated Water — Water passing through a Vortex Turbulator attains an ideal state that promotes good health.

More and more people are realizing the importance of drinking good, clean water in its ideal state, and conventional wisdom says you should drink eight glasses of water a day. But just what is good, clean water? Everyone wants it. What is its ideal state? (Continued…)

The Father of the Vortex Turbulator

Viktor Schauberger was born in Austria in June 1885. He pioneered the natural understanding of the movement of water that eventually led to the invention of the Vortex Turbulator. (Continued…)

Polyurethane Foam Application

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It is imperative that you, the dome owner/builder, understand the basics of foam application to monitor the process and look for potential problems. This article describes the foam application process and could be given to a foam contractor so expectations are clear. (Continued…)