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Dome Homes: The Home of the Future

Look at any home in America and you will find that most have four walls. However, there is one housing option that is gradually revolutionizing this structural convention: the dome home.

The shape and intrinsic structural stability of the dome make it exceptionally stronger than a usual family home. Domes can take powerful winds and earthquakes, flying debris the size of cars, wildfires, and even bomb explosions.

Dome homes come in different types, but the safest are said to be concrete monolithic domes, which are also noted for their high energy efficiency. They take a minimum amount of energy to maintain a comfy interior – about 25{224b469c2941c5b8cdb12e6d64e7a9aaad124f65b1c72c0997d0e00675963478} of what other structures consume. Their energy efficiency is even greater than that of homes blanketed in airtight wraps or heavily insulated metal buildings.

Aside from that, they are rated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as having “near-absolute protection” from the fiercest hurricanes and tornadoes.

Monolithic dome homes are also known for their longevity, their lifespans being measured in centuries and not decades. In addition, these super-structures demand limited maintenance.

Another notable benefit offered by monolithic dome homes is its ability to shield occupants from EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse), a surge of electromagnetic radiation coming from large explosions, whether natural or man-made.

Another type of dome home is known as a geodesic dome, which makes use of triangular elements and provides noteworthy protection to occupants as well. However, since they have so many seams, they aren’t as sturdy as their monolithic counterparts, albeit equally energy-efficient (savings as high as 50{224b469c2941c5b8cdb12e6d64e7a9aaad124f65b1c72c0997d0e00675963478}).

Some 70 to 80 years ago, an architect named Buckminster Fuller first popularized the geodesic home when he designed one, inspired by the world’s most well-known geo dome, Disney World’s Spaceship Earth.

Advocates of Buckminster’s genius built their own homes before selling the idea to the open public.

Geodesic homes are very economical – around $120 to $150 per square foot – and are well in line with the costs of building a traditional home, although builders would say the domes could even be cheaper if mass-produced just like typical homes. If home domes cost a bit higher, it’s mainly because they need custom work and parts to build them, and that is reasonable without question.

The only weird thing about home domes might be their look, which is apparently beyond the ordinary American’s expectation of how a home must be designed. In spite of the bold architectural steps the industry has taken to give the domes a more traditional look, it can’t be denied that they have a curved shape. Still, there is an increasing number of people who are open to extending their imaginations.

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