Does The Monolithic Dome Concept Also Allow Us To Spread Our World's Resources?

Does the monolithic dome concept also allow us to spread our world's resources? The world's resources may be better conserved with monolithic dome homes rather than lumber built homes. Home construction...

Home construction impacts the natural resources of the world in many ways. Every home built by a human uses our world's resources. When construction is complete, the home consumes resources in the form of heating and cooling costs.

In the United States, homes, schools and stores are built, primarily from wood. Wood is a resource which renews itself very slowly. If we are to have quality lumber for the future, sustainable forestry principles must be followed.

Wood is durable, but not indestructible. Dry rot, wet decay, and termites can cause extensive damage to your home very quickly. This, often unpreventable, damage has to be repaired at the cost of the homeowner.

According to the Forest & Wildlife Research Center, "Decayed and termite-damaged wood costs U.S. homeowners over $500,000,000 per year in wood replacement costs alone, with the labor involved further increasing the cost."

Monolithic Dome homes are made from concrete. Concrete is a mixture of ground rock, sand, water and cement powder

"In 1985, I read a study about cement powder -- the cement powder that we mix with the rock to make concrete. This study showed that all the cement powder that had been made from the dawn of civilization until 1985 would fill a box about a mile and a half cubed," says David South is the founder of the Monolithic Dome Institute in Italy, Texas. He has been making monolithic homes for almost 30 years.

Cement powder is abundant and renewable. David South tells us, "Mt. St. Helens, when it erupted, was just one little burp in the geology of the United States. That created a mile and a half cubed of powder."

After construction, every home in developed countries use electricity and water. Some homes also use natural gas. Ecological friendly home building isn't going to change irresponsible energy use by humans, but it will help reduce energy use.

Monolithic homes have less surface area per square foot when heating and cooling. The concrete absorbs the heat or cold of the environment and radiates it back into the room Have you ever put you hand on a sidewalk? The concrete absorbs and radiates the temperature in the immediate environment.

Monolithic homes are made with more efficient insulation than a conventional home. A better insulated home will decrease power needs for heating and cooling. One foot of higher quality insulation means more heat retention and less cool air loss, resulting in less power used to heat or cool, and lower energy bills.

The shape and interior construction of a monolithic dome lends itself well to alternative forms of energy. Solar power works especially well for monolithic home.

Monolithic homes are not going to end to the world's energy problems, but they are a definite step in the right direction. A monolithic home uses approximately half the energy to heat or cool compared to a traditional home of the same size. That kind of savings will go a long way to conserve our planet's natural resources and help us preserve our planet for future generations.


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