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Shelter / Re: Dome Promotion
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:36:47 PM »
What I'm finding completely odd is the negativity the dome idea is getting everywhere I see it spreading.

It's not just the Trolls on the Diner determined to try and discourage any sort of sustainable response, even the NBLers, who claim they want to live out life in a minimal-impact hospice, are vehemently opposed to any sort of living arrangement that would reduce energy use.  If a building does not use 21st century level of energy consumption, it's a"coffin" in their eyes.
I would expect a similar reaction from the permaculture/environmentalist community.  There is a very strong prejudice against concrete.  Now, if you could incorporate hemp into your design...  ;D

One extremely small niche market that might enthusiastically embrace the monolithic dome concept is the space colonization crowd.  They could go for the futuristic look and appreciate the practical benefits.

Thanks!  Growing up in the UK, I have no problem with stone buildings, although concrete may be linked to the UK equivalent of "projects".  It had not occurred to me that concrete could have a negative image.  I see it as just another building technique.

The emphasis needs to be away from the specific thermal capacity materials we use.




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Shelter / Re: Dome Promotion
« on: May 11, 2014, 10:19:16 AM »
What I'm finding completely odd is the negativity the dome idea is getting everywhere I see it spreading.

It's not just the Trolls on the Diner determined to try and discourage any sort of sustainable response, even the NBLers, who claim they want to live out life in a minimal-impact hospice, are vehemently opposed to any sort of living arrangement that would reduce energy use.  If a building does not use 21st century level of energy consumption, it's a"coffin" in their eyes.

I have a feeling we won't find many people within the "doom" community to adopt this living arrangement, they are more concerned with bankster bonuses than the survival of their grandchildren. 

I'll work on some promotional ideas that emphasize the defensive nature of the domes and see if we can get traction with the survivalist, anti-government types who are paranoid about another Waco or Ruby Ridge, and hopefully let the idea grow outwards from there.


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Shelter / Re: Dome-RV Hybrid: Flying Under the Radar
« on: May 11, 2014, 10:00:00 AM »
This idea is growing in me. 

Personally, I'd go for a four-plex again, with those "sleeves" extended so the RV could be driven in front-first (exhaust outwards, in case some idiot starts on up) to give it protection.  Insulation level does not need to be high, since the RV provides additional insulation for sleeping. 

Either a common area or individual storage/living spaces in each quarter.

 


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Shelter / Dome-a-rama - Update from H
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:24:38 AM »
I've put work on the "domestead" business project on indefinite hold until the animosity against domes at places like NBL has died down.  Where it's been discussed outside of those who attended, I've seen more negative than positive comments. 

I'm still working on the rental development idea as an alternative career path that gets us moving further east, away from the worst of the drought.







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Everything Under the Sun / Re: Staying Positive
« on: May 08, 2014, 08:43:10 PM »
Nice ideas, RE.


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Everything Under the Sun / Re: Staying Positive
« on: May 07, 2014, 09:06:03 PM »
Very busy on my end, a couple of programming changes only I have the skill set for and they will take days.  Still working on dome stuff,  plus the wife's birthday today.

 

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Shelter / Re: Dome Storage Units
« on: May 02, 2014, 07:23:07 PM »
Lol, sorry, been busy.

The "standard dome" I've been using is 1,075 square feet.  A central corridor (4' including walls) takes out 148, leaving 927 square foot, or about 460 usable per side.  Total of 6 x 150 sq foot units, or 8 x 110 sqf (lose some for walls) and you're still using the same airform. A slight loss of space for a set of stairs and you can add 500 more square feet on a second floor, making it 9-12 storage units.   

Same design works for an indoor food growing facility.




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Everything Under the Sun / Re: Staying Positive
« on: May 02, 2014, 11:29:51 AM »
I'm not planning on going this year, way too many projects going one, plus with people planning on visiting California, I want to keep vacation time open.


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Music / Re: Think this guy is on the the spectrum somewhere?
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:51:25 AM »
Interesting style.  I suspect you are right, although the slight oddities in posture and movement may be cultural.

 

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Everything Under the Sun / Re: Staying Positive
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:37:12 PM »
Thanks, Eddie.

I've ordered one of the quick shot concrete sprayers and I'd like to trade you some basalt mesh if you picked up a roll.  I will try and talk the wife into a weekend in Texas in the next month or so; we have a friend we haven't seen in a while doing a course in Arlington.  I may see if I can take her to MDI to see some domes.

Hopefully We showed the wife that the resilient community are not just crazy, antisocial survivalists, we have a wide variety of crazy. 

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Everything Under the Sun / Re: Staying Positive
« on: May 01, 2014, 11:08:24 AM »
My assumption was that the convocation acted as a catalyst and individuals are dealing with change in their lives, and like me, are swamped with things to do and decisions to make.  One thing that was clear to me was that domes tend to have a hard time getting planning permission, so I am learning the building regulations so our designs meet code.  I don't want to be limited in market to just where there are no building regulations.   

Working on a formal business plan for the company is taking some time, although most of it is marketing language, and it will provide a basis for the content of the web site, when developed.  Marketing won't really be able to take off until the 3D model and "fly-though" of the domes is complete, the guy I hired for that is visiting next weekend. 

I've pretty much specified out the costs for the dome shell, met with one of the directors of Barrier Roofing and got the lowdown on the challenges of applying the foam afterwards, and the market for outer covers.  I'm still working on internal costs for various models, and a materials list for the three "Quarter-dome build-outs, the half-dome apartment and the full dome home on the standard 37.  I've chosen that size so that apartments meet IRC2009 and IBC2009 code.

I got home to find my home office gutted and redecorated, the walls freshly floated and painted, a new beer fridge, new lighting, etc.  A nice surprise for me and part of the wife's plan to get the most for the house when we sell, hopefully soon.

My biggest challenge is getting everything down on paper.  The programmer who may spearhead the software I discussed needs flowcharts.  The marketing spiel needs creation.  Specifications for the "appropriate technology bay" built into all the designs and the "centralized hot water storage" which I plan to be the default, since that has the greatest savings for the owner in a rental-with utilities provided" model.  Sample project plans for a hypothetical development written.  I'm currently going through each step of the building plan looking for ways to minimize cost and reduce on-site time that does not require high technology with a construction target of six weeks from breaking ground to ready for occupancy, up to four domes a week. 

It's daunting.  Sometimes I think it would be easier to bury my head in the sand and go on collecting a paycheck at my day job and pretend there's not a juggernaut of change heading our way.  But I'm making progress and taking advantage of the what I learned I did not know" from the course. 

I'm looking forward to you, LD and GM visiting later this summer - hopefully people do not wait until the end of August. 

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Shelter / Re: Another concept
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:09:55 PM »
Interesting. I'm planning on prefab-ing a few elements of the dome construction system, such as the reinforcing ring at the top, and the forms that will go with the skylights.  3D printing may be expensive for that, when they can be cast in forms at a central place and shipped to the construction site.

 


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Everything Under the Sun / Re: Magic
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:13:31 PM »
Looks like a great find.  How does it heat the water without risk of burning someone soaking in it?


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Climate / Arkansas Tornadoes 2014
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:22:42 AM »
One of the extreme weather events humanity may have to live with in the foreseeable future:

http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-central/mayflower-arkansas-tornado-20140427




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Shelter / Re: Dome Promotion
« on: April 25, 2014, 03:03:32 PM »
I'm more concerned with collaboration rather than competition at this stage, and having the experts a few hours away is a powerful asset.  It's in their interest to support groups like ours that have the multiple disciplines to reach out to new target markets.     


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