10th Step-Foundation, Kit Assembly. Your building plans contain blueprints showing foundation type, dimensions and details for footers and foundation rebar installation. If you are located in the USA, after your plans are finished, two sets of building plans (either 18″ x24″ or 24″ x36″) will be shipped to you.
If Buyer lives outside the USA and the plans are not engineer sealed, there is no need for Buyer to pay shipping costs on the plans, Ai emails the finished plans pdfs for printing in your country.
Ai emails the finished pdfs to each Buyer so the pdfs can be emailed out to receive price quotes from subcontractors, or builder or the independent Kit Assembly Consultant.
Buyer can email the pdfs to Office Depot, or Staples, etc. and have extra sets of building plans printed locally. These extra sets can be given out for bids on your foundation, dome assembly, exterior finishing and interior finishing.
Buyer accept bids for the foundation work and has the foundation installed. It is quite normal that the foundation does not get installed when planned due to weather, etc. Accepting delivery of your dome kit is not dependent on your foundation being installed. The dome kit can be stored on your site 2-3 months (in nonfreezing weather) waiting for the foundation to be installed. Longer storage can be achieved by spraying another layer of paint on the EPS if needed.
After the foundation is installed, the kit assembly & temporary wooden rib system assembly begins. There is a total of five rows of dome panels to be installed on to the temporary wooden supports. The first row of panels is installed directly onto the dome’s first floor. This floor is concrete if it is a concrete slab and wood if the dome is built on a basement. All the prefab panels are numbered with numbers and letters to match the nomenclature blueprint in the Building Plans and the Assembly Manual that is shipped with each dome kit. After a kit deposit and signed Order Forms are received, Ai can mail the manual to Buyer.
Once all the panels are installed with two layers of concrete in all the seams and on the entryways and dormers, link, cupola, etc., the dome is self-supporting and the temporary wooden rib system comes down. There is no wood in the dome exterior walls to interrupt the insulation or to burn or to rot or for termites to eat. Most of the wood can be used for interior framing, especially the knee wall around the second floor perimeter area.
In the dome there are two main sizes of triangle panels, named P or H. Five P panels are installed together to make a Pentagon configuration. Six H panels are installed together to make a Hexagon configuration. So when a panel calls for a P, your workers look in a stack of P panels and pull a P panel. When the plan calls for an H, your workers look in the stack of H panels and pull a H panel.
The entryway and dormer panels are identified with specific numbers and letters and are installed in the row of panels shown on the blueprints. At specific locations around the perimeter of the dome, triangles and riser panels are left out to provide openings where the dome owner or their framer installs locally purchased exterior doors and windows. To structurally compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways, dormers or link or cupola are installed.
The Ai dome kit consists of all the triangular panels, four foot tall riser panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. The exterior of each triangle or riser panel is 3/4″ concrete reinforced with fibers and galvanized steel mesh with a center of 7″ R28 noncombustible Expanded Polystyrene insulation (EPS) with interior 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor (moisture resistant/mold resistant gypsum drywall) adhered to each riser and triangle panel with drywall adhesive.
Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways (standard, garage or high profile), window dormers, door dormers, cupola, link, etc. will be ordered. The link is used to connect two domes together.
The building kit does not include any doors or windows and does not contain any interior items (except for the interior shell drywall and insulation). American Ingenuity believes that you should not pay shipping on items which can be purchased locally.