With the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and now Irma, Jose, and Katia increasingly unpredictable weather is on the horizon and the only way to recover from these natural disasters is to adapt because doing the same thing over and over again will only get us the same results, it’s time to evolve our response to natural disaster by evolving the way we build our homes, from square dry walls to completely insulated homes that stay the same temperature year round. Man made accelerated climate change is making the Monolithic dome and/or curved structures the best-suited designs to endure extreme weather and environments like the ones we are now seeing on our beautiful round planet earth. From fires to floods, these structures not only will have fire go right over them and water right around them, they look super-modern and can be much less costly too. We predict at Radical Science News that these are not only the homes of the future but the only way to provide higher safety for people on earth right now. They will save billions of dollars in national debt in recovery, prevent much heart ache, save lives, save money in construction cost and save a whole lot more long-term including the environment.
They are disaster-proof, heat-resistant, cold-proof, fire-proof, waterproof, earthquake-proof, flood-proof, tornado-proof, and hurricane proof, plus the designs offer complete or nearly complete customization.
So if you live in brush-fire zones or endure earthquakes in California, or if you live in the islands or on the east coast and suffer from hurricanes, on the midwest plains and are at risk of floods and tornadoes, then you could be shielded; your life and house saved by a monolithic dome home or curved structure.
I recently moved from Austin TX, where we have frequent, severe flooding and multiple tornadoes touching down sometimes at once. I first learned about monolithic type structures because of the work of Buckminster Fuller who claimed that the shape was mathematically designed to avoid the wrath of violent circling winds. I was skeptical about the design withstanding flooding but there is proof that monolithic domes can even withstand flooding. In other words this design is the best design preventing the cost of re-construction and eliminate it long term, protect from extreme weather and temperatures that may be a result of rapidly changing climate and will save you on disaster insurance and save people and governments a lot of money after large incidents like hurricanes. Most importantly however, this design can save hundreds or thousands of lives.
DURABILITY: Monolithic domes can be made from many materials, and in many different ways, pre-assembly versions included. However, when made with regular concrete and foam, they are incredibly strong and 100% ballistic proof. Here is a team of guys from Italy Texas testing out the science by putting the monolithic Dome created by David South, Sr. against assorted rifles and pistols ranging from a .22 long rifle at 15-yards to a .30-06 rifle at 15-yards. “After testing 6 different guns ranging in power, the monolithic dome and its curved structure, proved to be bulletproof, as none of the bullets were able to penetrate through the dome. In fact, damage to the exterior of the dome was minimal while the interior dome received zero damage.” This means not only would these be full proof shelters for people in dangerous areas or whom are affected by war on Earth, with airlock doors you would even be ready to go inhabit space.
CONSTRUCTION: Most monolithic domes are made with rebar, wood reinforcement and concrete. For those on a budget or who want to be green about it, new materials could be experimented with or used like adobe or stones or anything that would be strong enough or solid enough to stay up.
Below is an at home video series of the traditional making of Monolithic Domes to give you some idea or ideas on how you could make your own. In this video they use the traditional materials of concrete and rebar on the inside and polyurethane foam on the outside. I included this video because I think its interesting how they build an airlock to make sure the structure doesn’t collapse from differences in air pressure. An airlock can be made in many different ways but simply it’s two doors with a small space or hallway between, when one door closes another opens. Including an airlock in a final structure is a great way to seal your dome from any outside contaminants like pollution or allergens. Airlocks are also used and will be very important in space and space colonization.
COST: The cost of a Monolithic Home could be around the same price or less as a regular home, but with innovation and new technology the price could decrease even further. Where one saves the most money with a monolithic dome is in the long term, as the costs of heating, cooling, and also damage or repairs in case of incidents are dramatically decreased. Here is a video with ideas to further decrease costs for building your Monolithic Home, such as saving energy and information about the extreme safety of your dome.
INTERIOR DESIGN: The interior design of monolithic domes make one feel as if they are living in a space which is endless, the curves seem to go into infinity and though a dome may look cramped from the outside they will feel bigger on the inside.
BIOLOGICAL HABITAT: You could even add a geodesic dome green house on top of, or as an extension to your monolithic structure, thereby making the home completely green. You can seal it off entirely from the outside environment, producing your own food and even oxygen with indoor plants. So, monolithic domes could be good for space research and could even be used on #Mars. Not only are these domes suited for aquatic environments, desert environments, and cold environments, maybe we could even utilize them in #space.
Also, if the dome shape is simply not your forte here is one more option for protecting your house against insane winds and weather. Jacque Fresco talks about houses with heavy convex cones or inverted cones ontop which a hurricane or tornado cannot take off.
A fascinating example of this kind of structure is “The Nautilus House,” in Mexico City.
For fast housing relief for disasters, one company is already pre-fabricating these types of structures based off the classic take of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. But hopefully more companies like this will follow, as this particular design has large windows and doors, which could be broken in extreme weather situations. They do however have the advantage of easy and fast assembly and 30 day shipping which isn’t really too bad.
You can find their structures here: http://www.greenmagichomes.com
Also, maybe even easier and cheaper versions are the polystyrene domes which can be found at usadomes.com or i-domehouse.com/
Some documents on how to build these structures for traditional building,
check out Monolithic Dome Institute. http://www.monolithic.org/institute
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