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Eco-Dome March 27, 2008

Thanks to Boris Branwhite for alerting me to this beauty!

“Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise”- Rumi 

Designed by Nader Khalili, Cal-Earth‘s Eco-Dome is a modular, tree-free building method.  Using earth bags, a single dome should be able to be constructed by 3-5 people fairly quickly…  additional dome sections can be added almost ad lib to sculpt the Eco-Dome to your needs.

Some features of the Eco-Dome include:

  1. Built from local earth-filled Superadobe coils (soil-cement or lime-stabilized earth).
  2. Tree free.
  3. Maximum use of space through alternative options.
    The main dome and four niches, depending on local code approval, can function as:
    a) main living room, entrance hall, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom (called “bed-womb” because of it’s small, organic form!)
    b) living room, entrance hall, and three bed-rooms.
    c) living room, entrance hall, two bedrooms, and a bathroom.
  4. Self-contained single unit (potential for a guest house or studio apartment) or double unit (larger family residence).
  5. Can be repeated and joined together to form larger homes and courtyard houses.
  6. Can be built by a team of 3-5 persons.
  7. Designed with the sun, shade and wind in mind for passive cooling and heating.
  8. Wind-scoop can be combined with a rated furnace unit, depending on local code approval. Solar energy and radiant heating may be incorporated.
  9. Interior furniture can be built-in with same material.


3 Responses to “Eco-Dome”

  1. Eco-Dome Says:

    […] Paul Groves wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThanks to Boris Branwhite for alerting me to this beauty! “Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise”- Rumi  […]

  2. feralbrown Says:

    Dear Environmental Diary
    No I’m not.
    Much love,

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