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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…)

R-value Fairy Tale: The Myth of Insulation Values

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In the following sample chapter of the ebook Urethane Foam: Magic Material – And the Best Kept Insulation Secret, David explains why the R-value is misleading, how it was devised and why it’s flawed and biased. It also includes case histories and discusses the purpose and workings of insulation. (Continued…)

Canadian City Considers Monolithic Dome Wellness Center

Because many people still are not familiar with Monolithic Domes, one of the biggest hurdles proponents face when pitching this new technology is a lack of awareness. In Port Colborne, Ontario Canada, resident John Mitchell is making sure that city council members understand the many advantages that dome buildings have to offer. (Continued…)

Arizona School Opens Innovative Dome Campus

Charter schools are known for their innovative curriculum and pioneering strategies. It is fitting, therefore, that the Career Success Charter High School in Phoenix has housed its newest campus in four Monolithic Domes. Located just east of downtown, the brightly colored structures are painted to look like planets - Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. The buildings are also totally solar powered and equipped with the latest technology. (Continued…)

David South is Featured on Utah Radio Show

Backcountry Utah is an outdoor radio program that airs weekdays on six radio stations in cities throughout the state, including Salt Lake City. While segments normally center on outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking, the show recently focused on Monolithic Domes. Our very own David B. South was the guest, and he used the opportunity to take listeners on a tour of the disaster-resistant domes and cabins. (Continued…)

Fertilizer Blend Plant Video

You can’t successfully operate a blend plant in any structure. It takes a building specifically designed for that job. This ten-minute, easy-to-follow and understand video explains and illustrates the advantages of a Monolithic Dome designed and constructed as a blend plant. The video describes the technologically sophisticated process and formula used in Monolithic Dome construction. It also details Monolithic advantages, many of which simply are not available in other structure types. They include: disaster resistance, super insulation that prevents interior temperature fluctuations, strength and durability. (Continued…)

Letter From: Kevin McGuckin- The Inn Place at Brenham, Texas

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On a stretch of Interstate 35, in Central Texas between Waco and Waxahachie, is an enormous caterpillar. The curious stop to explore and come across Monolithic Dome Village. The caterpillar is a manufacturing warehouse; there are dome offices, dome storage buildings and upwards of 60 domes rented out as single person dwellings.  I was informed that these buildings are ‘green’ in every way.  They will withstand winds of 450 miles an hour (FEMA rates them as near absolute protection), they are environmentally friendly and have an R value of 60.  Their lifespan is measured in centuries, they don’t burn, or rot, or get eaten by termites. I decided to sign up for the workshop that Monolithic offers to learn how to build them. (Continued…)

In With The New; Out With The Old

Image: Systems compared — A conventional system brings in the maximum amount of outside air, whether needed or not. No allowances are made for crowd size. The cooling unit functions as an air handler even if CO2 levels are extremely low.  	

In a split system, the cooling unit only recirculates air inside the building. Human respirations increase the buildings CO2 levels and trigger the CO2 sensor to turn on the outside air intake system. So this ventilation system only brings fresh air into the building as needed, depending on crowd size. This dramatically lessens energy consumption and cost.

Within any building, many things affect air quality. Those things include carpeting, paint, paneling, furnishings, etc. Each or everyone can emit gases into the air that are bad for us. Organic materials within a building can harbor their own kind of bad stuff, such as mold, mites, bacteria, viruses, insects and even vermin.
So just what is the solution? (Continued…)

Is it better to build one large dome or two or more smaller ones?

This is a familiar problem. Administrators of various building projects, but particularly schools, often come up with a general plan that allows them to keep making the building bigger and as square as possible. Reason: Have the least amount of surface exposed to the weather because the surface is what generally lets in the heat or the cold. But Monolithic Domes give us a new paradigm – an attractive, practical one. The actual heat loss through the shell of a Monolithic Dome is close to zero, so it is not part of the equation. (Continued…)

Steel Rebar Placement in a Monolithic Dome

Image: Workers attaching hoop rebar to rebar hangers

It’s important to understand why we use rebar (reinforcing steel bar) in concrete. It’s used to absorb tension forces in concrete, since concrete has very poor strength as a tension material. So correct placement of rebar is essential. (Continued…)

From Geodesic to Monolithic Domes

Image: Framework for a geodesic dome — David B. South built this near his home in Shelley, Idaho about 1970.

While attending high school in Idaho back in the 1950s, I attended a lecture given by Buckminster Fuller. He was promoting his Geodesic Dome. I was instantly fascinated with the concept of a building which, because of its shape, would cover more area with less materials than any other structure. (Continued…)

Grow Your Food in a Monolithic Cabin Grow-Dome

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Why grow your own? Good question! Can’t we just keep making our weekly stock-up trip to the supermarket? Well of course you can. But there are some growing (pun intended) reasons not to. (Continued…)

A Dome Primer

Time and time again, we’ve seen people confuse the Monolithic Dome, invented by David B. South and his brothers, with the geodesic dome popularized by Buckminster Fuller. eHow.com, which posts informative articles on more than 1 million different topics, recently shed light on the difference between the two structures in an article headlined “What Are Different Types of Domes?” (Continued…)

Greener Side Spotlights Monolithic Domes

News Radio 1080 is one of the main sources for local news in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Recently, the station launched a weekly segment called the Greener Side, which focuses on new green technologies and products. (Continued…)

Woodsboro’s Own Superdome

Image: Rendering: Woodsboro ISD

If you’ve ever been to an inflation of a commercial dome structure, you know how exciting it can be to watch a huge Airform expand before your very eyes. For the students of Woodsboro Elementary, the excitement was contagious. During the recent inflation of their South Texas school district’s new multipurpose center, they got into the spirit by chanting: “Blow it up, blow it up.” (Continued…)