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Some dome types are more appealing from a construction viewpoint: less number of various elements makes planning, shop work and assembly less difficult. There can also be a more efficient use of raw materials. A simpler more efficient dome costs less. Some domes make better 1/2, 3/8 or 5/8 fullness. Other dome types are appealing for their unique symmetry and design variations. Dome Homes and Dome Types

There are several ways to make dome homes. Our domes can be developed into homes starting with the hub-strut geodesic framework which provides a strong spherical triangle grid. The domes can be wood or metal- aluminum and steel. Connector Hubs should be aluminum or steel. Ideally for a dome home you would use a metal hub and wood strut system. 2 x 6 framing lumber will work very well.

Monolithic domes are ferro-cement type with a steel mesh and stucco/concrete cover to finish the roof. Our domes will work with this method as well as other roofing types.

One company uses an air bubble form to apply spray foam and spray concrete reinforced with REBAR. Another uses prefab lightweight cement triangles to make a sort of geodesic igloo. Others make "panelized domes" from hex and pent triangle sections built in the shop. These are tranported to a building site and assembled. The roof panels are already pre-attached. There is more flexibility of design and customization with hub-strut domes.

A wood dome frame may be used as a support structure for creating a rebar frame work to which roofing may be applied, whether stucco, spray on concrete or other type. The wood dome can then be dismantled and reused many times. The frame can be covered with roof decking, plywood or OSB, and finished with a variety of roofing materials

They may be small, simple inexpensive domes, or architecturally developed and refined for many residential and commercial use.

Endless dome types and sizes can be created, including icosahedral, octahedral, elliptical domes and others.

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1. Double Domes are made by using longer hubs and attaching 2 struts spaced apart instead of just one. In this way an insulating space is created between the outer dome and the inner dome. The inner dome could be spaced from 9 inches to 2 feet from the outer dome. An outer dome of 2 x 6s for example and inner dome of 2 x 4s could be used. There is plenty of room for wiring, ductwork, insulation, plumbing etc. between the inner and outer domes.

2. Subdivided domes are triangular divisions of the original dome design. Designated with "X" numbers according to the first, second and third division. The method is unique to domes built by us manufactured under authority of U.S. Patent. It is an innovative system that adds geodesically triangulated reinforcing structure to existing domes. The "Multi-Max" [MMX] hub system is used for attaching up to 12 struts arrayed strategically around a cylinder hub. Special features are that no compound [miter + bevel] cuts are required for the struts, and original triangle face planes of the dome are maintained so that there is no change in the amount of roofing material needed. Yet there is double or triple the amount of substructure under the roof making a stronger dome; with more framework for attaching the roof deck. The main dome may be 2 x 6 framing for example, and the "X" struts 2 x 4. Double domes may have one or both "X" types. The types may be different, or even variations of "X" type on a single dome.

3. Diamond Truss domes can be made similar to the double domes, but the inner and outer dome would be different. The inner dome ideally would be of less elements and larger triangles. These domes would have an insulating envelope between the inner and outer dome, with common vertices [hubs] at several locations. Either or both could be "X" types. Either also could be made of different strut sizes or strut material. The main advantage of this dome type is the simple way of adding pyramid-triangle space-frame truss strengthening to the dome. Also the interior dome would require much less material to cover than the outer dome, while creating an insulating envelope between the outside and inside.

4. Octet-Truss Space frames made spherical- Combines the concepts of the "X3" subdivision, double domes, and Diamond Truss domes. Fully divided truss domes in a omni-arrayed 3D pyramidal grid can be constructed. Cylinder hubs and typical strut material can be used throughout. These domes are ideal for covering large areas where a single dome would fail, or smaller domes requiring extra strength while using less expensive, lightweight materials used in construction.

5. Dome orientation. Domes are described as oriented edge zenith, face zenith or vertex zenith. In other words, you can have many orientaions of either face (triangle), strut or hub at the dome apex. Most often the hub at the top works best and gives a level or near level row of struts at the base of the dome.

6. Dome Classes. Describes orientation in relation to the underlying polyhedra, Class I, II, and III. At present we only use Class I and II Icosa and Octa based domes as well as Polyhedra Domes which are polyhedra divided and made geodesic, with pentagrams in the case of the Star Domes. See Introduction to Geodesic Principles

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Construction for a permanent structure begins with planning. Consult with architects, engineers, local officials who govern areas for residential or commercial construction. An engineer can determine if a certain structure is workable for a particular purpose in a certain area to fit the climate, soil conditions etc. Architects and architectural designers create building plans with actual construction details that builders and contractors use for making the structure.

We can supply details of constructing the dome frame that engineers and architects can use for their work. Computer data and drawings supplied on diskette can be licensed to an individual for specific application to protect our proprietary information.

You may hire a local firm to build your dome home or other dome structure. You may also do most of it yourself if you have the abilities or have the time and willingness to learn. Professionals such as plumbers, electricians, roofers, cabinet makers, etc. may be hired. An unskilled person who is up for the challenge can build the dome frame, add the roof panels, windows, doors, flooring, insulation, vapor barrier, wall framing, drywall or paneling, paint, landscaping, etc. Our domes are ideal for do-it-yourself-ers who can work outside of areas governed by strict zoning, residential neighborhood building requirements. Long established builders such as Timberline, Oregon Dome, Natural Spaces, Geodesic Domes and Homes, American Ingenuity, Monolithic Domes etc. are good sources of information, home plans and quality buildings. Also check out the Dome Home discussion group at YAHOO GROUPS

The domes cost ultimately depends on hundreds of construction specifications. However domes may cost much less or much more per square foot than the average house. In other words there is the budget dome and the deluxe custom dome, and those in between. You would likely build according to your financial ability and how much you do yourself to save money.

It is possible to use our domes and working from premade stock building plans, construct your dome home, modified to your requirements. Write for copies of floor plans for dome size you are planning.

We are also available to travel to your building site to oversee the work acting as licensed builder or contractor, interfacing with inspectors, architect, etc. and scheduling work such as foundation, plumbing etc. Owner’s involvement may be as little or as much as they desire. We can be there for the entire construction period or minimal time to get the work started and progressing as scheduled.

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