Everyone is trying their very best to minimize their trash and use eco-friendly materials in their houses. With zero waste or eco-friendly lifestyles becoming increasingly trendier, many people are now resorting to dome homes - a growing sector of housing.
Compared to a typical family home, dome homes are both stronger and more energy-efficient due to their shape and inherent structural integrity. Not only can they withstand powerful winds and strong earthquakes but they can also survive flying debris and direct hits from bombs. "They are practically indestructible. Anyone who wants one wants it for the protection first,” Johnny Delirious, spokesman for the Monolithic Dome Institute in Texas, a company that has been building the domes for nearly 50 years, said.
For anyone interested in building dome homes, worry not. You can build your own dome home. Steve Areen, a keen traveler, photographer, and musician, was able to build his dome home for as little as $9000. “The cost for the basic structure was under $6000. It took a few more weeks to add the details such as doors, screens, pond, upstairs structure, stonework, and landscaping. All this, including furnishings and plumbing to the well, was under $3000… Bringing my total cost to about $9,000. Please keep in mind this is in cost-friendly Thailand,” he said.
According to BoredPanda, a Lithuanian website that publishes articles about "lightweight and inoffensive topics,” dome homes can be built through aircrete, a mixture of air bubbles and cement. It can be made using a foaming agent that suspends tiny air bubbles in the cement mixture and a foam generator which disperses a mix of the foaming agent into the cement mixture. The good news is that this is cheap but also waterproof, fireproof, and very DIY-friendly.
Many DIYers are using aircrete because it can help save them a lot in construction and maintenance. It also helps them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Ultimately, aircrete is an ecological building material that gained international recognition because of its resource efficiency.