Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Disaster Proof "Dome Home"


With all the natural disasters happening of late its hard not to worry about ones house or home, especially for someone who's as paranoid as myself. So you can understand how a disaster proof house can seem extremely appealing to people. Enter "Dome of a Home," a house designed specifically to withstand hurricanes but can also weather almost any other natural disaster (it's even mold, mildew, and termite-proof!) Makes me wish I could afford to have one built for myself. Sure its not much to look at, but guess who'll have the last laugh when the apocalypse comes? (Unless theres Zombies, and if thats what you're more worried about you might want this house.) Click on the jump to read some of the things this dome has withstood:


"…As we were building the dome, Tropical Storm Isadore came ashore and left a mess, but no damage. Then, in 2004, Hurricane Ivan slammed into Pensacola Beach wreaking enough havoc that it was called Ivan, The Terrible. …the dome suffered no structural damage. The Dome's front staircase was designed to break away (which it did) to avoid damage to the actual structure. The 2005 hurricane season brought several storms to our shore: Tropical Storm Arlene in June; Hurricane Dennis in July; and Katrina in August. Hurricane Dennis was an extremely damaging storm to Pensacola Beach. Again, the Dome of a Home suffered no structural damage. We had repairs to underground wells, exterior electrical and plumbing issues, etc. but no damage to the dome itself.”

"...The air form concrete dome is a moving-water survivor. Not only does the dome’s round shape allow the water to flow around it, much as the ocean rushes around a light house, its weight, strength and durability allow it to stay in one piece during high winds and storm surge."

"Hurricane Keith, a force 4 storm, raged for three days off the coast of Belize, causing no damage to the two concrete domes built there. The shape of the dome allows the wind to pass around the home, eliminating any serious pressure build up and easily withstanding 150 mph winds. A dome can withstand over 2300psf forces. (A 300mph tornado exerts 400psf.) Because the dome is not flat, the maximum air pressure against it could never be realized."

"The stress created by a 300 mph tornadic winds would increase the compressive pressure in the concrete shell to 1098 psi. Domes can easily withstand 2394 psi using design strengths of 4000 psi, easily giving it a margin of safety that is nearly 1 ½ times its minimum design strength, although the margin of safety is probably more like three or four...domes are virtually tornado proof."

"Because a dome is constructed with concrete, there is no wood to burn...Even a dome with multiple flooring can remain fire resistant by using aluminum studs...there is no threat from termites because the wood they thrive on does not exist in the concrete home. The dome also eliminates the risk of other insects and creatures living in your wall space, as there are no spaces in your walls to infest...There is virtually nothing to corrode or rot on the concrete dome home. The procedure uses Air form and urethane foam that is immune to corrosion."

"Earthquake forces do not even approach the design strength the air form concrete dome is built to withstand. It would take an external force many times as large as the earthquake to approach the design strength of the concrete itself."

"Because free air circulation eliminates hot or cold corners and dead air pockets, dome structures can easily reduce heating and cooling costs by 75%... In Alaska, the 8000 square foot Trinity Christian Center has an average heating bill of $72."


Website: http://www.domeofahome.com/

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