Geodesic Dome Home Kits
For over 40 years American Ingenuity (Ai) has been manufacturing
Geodesic Dome Kits with prefab panels for homes or businesses.
225 mph Wind & F4 Tornado Warranty.
Fire Resistant Concrete Exterior. Save 50%-60% on cooling & heating costs.
Ai, makers of 10 geodesic dome kits for owner builders or contractors who want to build a Tornado, Hurricane resistant dome home, concrete retirement home, concrete vacation home or commercial business dome. (Or you or your contractor can be assisted by a construction specialist if needed). The Ai dome is ideal for a commercial business because the dome makes your business very memorable.
These dome kits consist of a prefab steel reinforced concrete panels giving you the greatest protection possible at roughly the same cost per sq.foot to build as conventional house or commercial construction.
Cement is 100% better than building with lumber, and not as expensive as you might think. Due to aerodynamic shape & steel reinforced fiber concrete exterior, the Aidome has proved its strength & fire resistance. Read about it on Disaster Resistant. Why did Ai stop guniting concrete onto the exterior of its dome and invent the prefab panel? It is too labor intensive & a waste of concrete to pump concrete.
Due to its reduced surface area and R28 uninterrupted insulation, the Aidome can cut your utility bills 50%-60%. Energy efficiency summary can be viewed at summary. View pictures of beautiful dome interior designed by international artist Electros, To view pictures of a 45′ dome on full basement review Stroupe page. View pics of five bedroom gorgeous Oklahoma dome built in tornado alley, view 48′ dome.
For other dome pictures, check out the left menu bar for fourteen photo galleries and view Kaufman pics. To learn about Component Panel Assembly, click on Assembly. Ai has a video that includes film showing the prefabricated concrete panel being manufactured. Inside Edition aired a report on the Ai dome. Please scroll down to view second video.
Ai has sold over 800 dome kits into 47 USA states and 14 foreign areas. An American Ingenuity dome won the award for Most Energy Efficient Residence in the Southeastern United States….beating out a home sponsored by the utility company Florida Power & Light.
WHY BUILD A GEODESIC DOME FOR YOUR NEW HOME OR BUSINESS?
Q: Why did the founder of American Ingenuity in 1975 decide on the dome shape for his commercial dome to be built in Melbourne Florida?
A: The dome, or partial sphere, is a geometric form that encloses the greatest amount of volume with the least amount of surface area. Historically, massive domes constructed of stones, brick or concrete were common in ancient Greece and Rome. In modern times, Buckminster Fuller was the first to formulate geodesic principles for constructing a spherical surface by triangular subdivision. However nearly all of Fuller’s domes were built from wood framing with shingled roofs.
Ai’s founder, Michael Busick, did not want to build his Florida commercial dome out of wood and shingles because termites eat wood, hurricane force winds rip off shingles and a wood dome has an increased shingled roof area causing expensive reroofing costs every 11 or 12 years. Instead Mr. Busick hired a University of Miami architectural professor, engineering students and director of the Florida Solar Energy Center to come up with building materials specifically to build the geodesic dome. The materials were concrete, mesh and expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. Back in 1976 the first Ai dome was built by propping up precut EPS panels, hand tying road mesh on the exterior of the EPS and guniting concrete on to the exterior. Mr. Busick soon learned that guniting concrete over the entire exterior surface was a waste of concrete and labor. This is why he invented Ai’s prefab panel and received a patent. Building an Ai dome from prefab concrete panels makes construction easier than stick built construction or pumping concrete on to an airform and results in the dome exterior having a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado guarantee and super-energy efficiency.
The process of stacking the panels, overlapping/locking the steel mesh of adjacent panels and filling the panel seams with special fiber concrete, produces 1) the structural components of the home; 2) the finished concrete surface; 3) installs all the R28 insulation; and 4) installs all the dome shell 1/2″ drywall. Ai’s component panel building system is the most simplified way to build a commercial or residential building on the market today.
During the past decade the buying public has experienced a substantial increase in the cost of construction, the cost of energy and the cost of borrowing. As a result, there has been increased interest in the use of technology to help address these concerns. In the last decade, many people have discovered that the dome design offers a viable solution.
As a building concept, geodesic dome construction translates into a highly comfortable and livable building that has a maximum of floor area enclosed by a minimum of materials. These features combine superior strength and cost-effectiveness in a single structure. In short, the building concept of a dome expands the range of simple and economic building options.
Manufactured domes are constructed using a triangular network to form a spherical shape. This method provides for a free span, self-supporting structure requiring no internal supports such as roof load bearing partition walls. This allows for maximum flexibility of floor plan design and utilization of interior space.
As an architectural form, the dome is one of the strongest structural forms devised and built by man. Domes are three-dimensional structures using stable triangles approximating spheres to create multiple load carrying paths from point of load to point of support. The triangle is the only arrangement of structural members that is stable within itself without requiring additional connections at the intersection points to prevent warping of the geometry. In other words, apply pressure to one edge of a triangle, and that force is evenly distributed to the other two sides, which then transmit pressure to adjacent triangles. That cascading distribution of pressure is how geodesic domes efficiently distribute stress along the entire structure, much like the shell of an egg.
Domes that were built centuries ago enclose many of the great cathedrals of Europe. Domes are structurally superior to rectilinear enclosures. The partial sphere is an aerodynamic shape that is very stable in high winds and can withstand heavy snow loads. For these reasons, domes greatly exceed the structural requirements of the major building codes in the United States. Ai gives a 225 mph wind and EF4 Tornado warranty on the dome exterior walls. The interrupted R28 insulation causes cooling and heating bills to be 50% to 60% less than the same size box shaped structure. In the Ai dome there is no wood in or on the dome panels to interrupt the insulation, to rot, or to burn or for termites to eat. There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years.
One of the most exciting architectural environments ever designed, a dome brings its best attributes to your commercial or residential needs. It delivers a rewarding living experience filled with warmth, light and open space to those who choose to build a dome.
Dome Building Plans and Building Kit Sale Pricing
25% Discount on Prefabricated Home Dome Kit with one entryway: take delivery by May 30, 2016 with Buyer & Ai selecting month of delivery (December – May) and Ai selecting week/day of delivery in that month. Make deposit & order by February 12, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. To learn more click on Sale. To view samples of geodesic dome floor plans, click on Design Flexibility & scroll down the page to see the pdf hyperlinks to click on. If you do not find dome home plans to fit your lifestyle, Ai can design custom geodesic home plans for a 25% discount as well. To view a chart containing each stock plan’s sale pricing and its kit sale pricing, view Stock Plans & Kit Sale Pricing Chart. To view article covering various items which can be purchased from Ai and approximate finished cost for the dome, click on Finished Cost.
To view a photo gallery and info about a finished Ai 34′ dome for sale one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway and one hour from Asheville, click on 34′ Dome in North Carolina.
Advantages of Ai’s concrete domes are super-strength, super-energy efficiency, low exterior maintenance, fire resistant concrete exterior and environmentally safe. To view a summary of advantages view Advantage Summary. On our tree impact link are examples of Ai dome & tree impact & snow load. To review an engineering statement about American Ingenuity domes and building codes, click on Engineering. 225 MPH Hurricane, F-4 Tornado Guarantee. Ai domes survived Hurricane Andrew’s 165 mph winds/tornado and Katrina’s 140 mph winds. Our retirement home link shares how Ai dome can be ideal for providing lower utility costs in your retirement home.
American Ingenuity designs the geodesic dome plans for a residence or a commercial structure and manufactures ten concrete kits – sizes from 172 sq.ft. to over 2,992 sq.ft. 15′ – 48′ Kits consist of prefab concrete component panels which when assembled make the dome’s exterior walls. The home owner or their Builder assembles the kit & finishes the interior per the Building Plans. The Prefab Panels include exterior 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh, core of 7″ EPS R-28 insulation (not styrofoam) & interior of half inch special Georgia Pacific DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall. Once kit is assembled, seam areas between panels contain overlapped, locked galvanized steel mesh filled with fiber concrete approx. 3″ deep by 5″ wide averaging 2″ thick concrete. The concrete/steel/eps/drywall contain no food source for mold growth and are noncombustible. To view Kit Sizes & square footages, click on Specs. It is Ai’s philosophy that each Buyer pay for only what they need. Building Plans are needed 3 months to 1 1/2 years prior to the kit shipment. About 50% of our client’s building departments require engineer sealed plans, calculations & an Energy Report to issue a permit. As a result these items are separate costs from the building kit. 15′ & 18′ Tiny domes can be purchased with 3 1/2″ R14 EPS and no interior 1/2″ drywall. Tiny Home Kits – New sizes! 15′ & 18′.
Ai is not a lender nor a construction company. The property owner obtains their own financing, purchases the dome kit & assembles the kit themselves or hires a builder. All the dome panels come marked with numbers & letters to match info in the Kit Assembly Manual and on the Nomenclature Blueprint in the building plans.The most successful dome kit assembly is accomplished when the owner or the owner’s builder hires the independent Consultant to supervise their workers during kit assembly. Then the exterior and interior is finished by the homeowner or utilizing conventional subcontractors; plumbers, electricians, framers, etc. For Consultant info click on Specialist. To learn about concrete house finished cost, click on Finished Cost.
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SINCE 1976 AMERICAN INGENUITY HAS BEEN MANUFACTURING
GEODESIC CEMENT DOME KITS
American Ingenuity, Inc. (Ai), located in Rockledge, Florida, (about one hour east of Orlando) has been business since 1976. Ai manufactures cement home or commercial building kits in diameters 15ft, 18ft, 22ft, 27ft, 30ft, 34ft, 36ft, 40ft, 45ft and 48ft. On site the prefab concrete panels are assembled with locally purchased doors and windows installed. Once the interiors are built on site per the floor plan layout, the interior square footage can range from 172 sq.ft. to 2,9992 sq.ft……from one bedroom/one bath to four/five bedroom/three bath homes or commercial structures. The concrete dome is ideal for a retirement home, vacation home, cabin, get-a-way or primary home and for areas prone to forest fires or heavy snow load. Before building a log cabin please compare the advantages of a Ai dome vs log home.
To view sample dome floor plans, click on plans and scroll down the page to find the hyperlinks to click on. To view sale pricing on the plans and building kit for each stock plan, click on Plans & Kit Sale Pricing. If floor plan layouts are mailed, call for printing and mailing costs. American Ingenuity’s Dome Building Plans are new and improved. An Expanded Kit Assembly Manual is now available with each dome order.
The American Ingenuity Dome and its inventor, Michael Busick, were written about on page 100 in the October 2010 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The issue’s theme was “The Future of the Home, LIFE ON THE EDGE, Habitats for a Changing World”. The article about Ai showed a reprint of the front page cover story that Popular Science ran on the American Ingenuity Dome in 1987. This October 2010 article on Ai was named, “THE FUTURE THEN…..FROM THE POPULAR SCIENCE ARCHIVES”. To receive via email a pdf of the original Popular Science 1987 Cover Story which featured the American Ingenuity dome and its founders on the front cover with article and the 2010 article featuring the Ai dome, click on Contact Us and ask for the pdfs.
How Is the Kit Assembled? DIY or Hire a Builder.
To view pictures of prefab concrete panel assembly, click on Dome Kit Assembly and Construction Overview. The dome kit can be a Do It Yourself Project with the owner builder utilizing family and friends or hiring his own workers for kit assembly. Or the home owner or business owner hires a builder who hires the independent Kit Assembly Specialist who travels world-wide to supervise your kit assembly and the application of the first layer of fiber concrete into the panel seams and onto the entryways and dormers. Then either your workers or your builder’s workers completes the second layer of concrete in the seams & on the entryways and dormers. To learn more about selecting a builder, view Builders, Contractor & Determining Contractor Pricing. For interior finishing complete yourself or hire local subcontractors to complete the plumbing, electrical, framing, window/door installation, wall board finishing, kitchen cabinetry, bathroom fixtures, etc.
Brand new in October 2015, Ai has added two new tiny dome sizes, 15′ and 18′, to its current dome building kit sizes.
To view stock plans for 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′ & 34′ tiny domes (172 sq.ft. to 1,278 sq.ft.) and to view pictures of small 22′ in diameter domes under construction and finished, click on Tiny Homes.To view regular and sale pricing on Tiny Concrete Home Kits, click on Sale.
To view construction pictures of 22′ dome, please click on Video. Great for Special Hideaway, vacation cabin, mother-in-law quarters, guest house, hunting cabin, glambing, tiny home, micro home, cottages for resort or starter home. The Ai dome is much stronger, has noncombustible materials in its wall panels, fire resistant concrete exterior & more insulated than a tent or yurt. Please check with your building department to see if there is a minimum size house requirements…..sometimes the minimum size is 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft. which would be American Ingenuity’s 27 ft in diameter dome. Or sometimes the minimum size new home has to be 1,100 sq.ft. – which would be the 34′ dome.
HOW IS THE Ai DOME FINANCED?
Great News – If your lender would like to utilize an appraiser who has appraised an Ai dome for a loan and who has visited an American Ingenuity 15 year old finished dome, please call Ai for appraiser’s info. 321-639-8777 Monday – Friday 9-5 Eastern time.
Sovann Kang has moved back to Wells Fargo Bank and can now offer new home loans on domes, buyouts and refinancing on existing domes for those who qualify. Sovann told us that Wells Fargo will now accept appraisals on comparables based on square footage, bedrooms and interior finishing qualities. Comparables no longer have to be based on domes being built in that area! This is a huge advantage when trying to obtain any form of dome financing. Click here to email him Kang
Financing is the single biggest hurdle to building a dome. To view Ai’s eighteen page booklet giving financing alternatives, view Booklet. Because most of the Ai domes are built as retirement homes, they are not sold by the home owner. Lenders do not like this as they want resale numbers. As a result, lenders want a 25% to 35% cash down payment based on the finished price of the dome. To learn more, click on Calculating Finished Cost Per Sq.Ft.
How Can I View Ai Domes?
American Ingenuity’s Florida office domes (45′ & 34′ of 3,700 sq.ft.) are open for viewing by appointment after 1 pm. Once a month a Saturday tour is available. Call 321-639-8777 for details. Click on Tour for info.
View pictures of beautiful dome interior designed by international artist Electros, To view pictures of a 45′ dome on full basement review Stroupe page. For other dome pictures, check out the left menu bar on this home page for fourteen picture files and view pics. American Ingenuity has sold over 800 dome kits into 47 USA states and 14 foreign areas. One of the latest domes to receive building permit is in Riverside California. To view assembly pics, click on Banning Ca concrete dome. The homeowner’s wood dome burned in the Silver Fire. They are rebuilding with Ai dome that has noncombustible concrete exterior.
The dome kits American Ingenuity sells become private homes. Ai would like to have model homes throughout the country but it is not economically possible. If Ai did have models, we would need to double the price of the building kit to pay for the model construction, the staff to man them and the annual costs to run, pay property taxes, etc. Ai has sold over 800 dome kits throughout the country. The assembled domes don’t belong to us and we can’t extend invitations to see them. However we are very happy that a few dome owners allow us to give out their name and number. So a referral could be a few states away from you.
Our referrals love their domes and are very happy to speak with potential owners. However, since they are not dome sales associates, we promise them that we will speak with each perspective buyer to answer their basic questions and walk them through significant pages on our web site. Ai tries to answer the multitude of potential buyer questions so as to not take up hours of the referral’s time with basic and in depth questions. As a result, please call our office and our friendly staff will be happy to talk with you and later provide a referral. To view free info, click on Info. To view pictures of different America Ingenuity dome homes, look at the left side Menu Bar and scroll down to category pictures and click on the picture submenu items.
For $7 (includes USA mailing costs) purchase a DVD. It shows panel manufacturing, domes under construction and finished domes. Order the DVD by calling our office. Or to view the DVD at no cost, click on New DVD. To view stock floor plans, click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to click on the hyperlinks. If you do not find a stock floor plan layout to fit your desires, Ai can modify or customize a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches and descriptions. If stock plans are mailed, call Ai at 321-639-8777 for printing costs and mailing costs.
To view a Youtube video showing the interior and exterior of an Ai two dome complex for sale in Albuquerque New Mexico, click on Domes. To view a slide show of 45′ dome home with 40′ dome garage, click on Florida Dome Home.
What States & Countries Have AiDomes Been Shipped To?
To date American Ingenuity has sold kits into 47 U.S.A. states and fourteen foreign areas. To view info about Ai’s Florida Dome Offices, click on Offices.
Ai has exported domes to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands-St. Kitts and St. Croix, the British Virgin Islands-Tortola, West Indies-Nieves, Canada, Israel, Jamaica, Bahrain, Tasmania, Trinidad and the Faroe Islands (between Iceland/Scotland/Norway). To learn more about importing Ai domes, click on Importing.
Wonderful news: Ai dome home kits can now be built in the California Counties of San Diego, San Bernardino, Trinity, Solona and Shasta if all the building department requirements are followed. An Ai dome received a building permit in Riverside County in August 2015 and is under construction. Ai domes have been built in the following California areas: Banning, Forest Ranch, Crestline, Borrego Springs, Lake Elsinore, Summerset, Herlong and Hanford. If you own property in another California location, Please call us at 321-639-8777 with the tax ID number, building department name and phone number and Ai will call the plans examiner to see if the Ai dome building kit can be built if you submit California engineer sealed building plans, California engineer sealed structural calculations specific for your dome using that area’s wind, snow and seismic criteria, passing Title 24 Energy Report and all the required reports and paperwork (site map, soil report, drainage report, fire sprinkler plans, etc.)