home parks. The buildings qualify for the grant money because
Monolithic Domes meet FEMA’s criteria for design and construction
of community safe rooms, and also offer near-absolute protection
from tornadoes and hurricanes.
David South, who along with his brothers invented and
patented the process for building Monolithic Domes is not surprised
to see the federal government’s interest in the structures.
”Monolithic Domes are among the safest and greenest
buildings on the planet,” he said. ” They also are very durable
structures. Properly maintained, they will last for centuries.”
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has a history that dates back
more than 500 years to 1,500 AD. Barring unforeseen circumstances,
their new Monolithic Dome should still be standing at the end of the
next 500 years.
foam. The second inch of spray-in-place polyurethane stops
about 90% of heat loss, and the third inch stops about 95%
and so forth. Since the polyurethane on Monolithic Domes
is on the exterior of the concrete, the actual effective R-value
is more than doubled and usually exceeds 60, according to
the Monolithic Dome Institute.
The insulation is placed on the outside of the concrete
as part of the unusual construction process used to build
Monolithic Domes. The process begins with the placement
of a ring beam footing and the pouring of a circular steel-
reinforced concrete slab floor. In many cases, a stem wall is
then erected to give the building straight walls and a more
conventional look. Next, crews attach an Airform, a tarp
made of tough, single-ply roofing material, which is inflated
using giant fans.
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Monolithic Dome Institute
177 Dome Park Place
Italy, Texas 76651
Phone: (972) 483-7423