Aidome vs Deltec - AiDomes

For those of you wanting to compare the Aidome Building Kit vs Deltec Home Kit, please take time to read and analyze info listed below.  Please compare kit costs and contents of each kit.  Instead of building a home from a Deltec wood kit,  consider building an Ai prefabricated concrete home dome kit.  To warm up the exterior & interior of the American Ingenuity (Ai) concrete dome; 1) paint the dome exterior light green or light tan.  2) install rock or wood on the framed walls under dormers & entryways and on the riser panels. 3) Install wood decks off the first floor entryways.  4) Install trellis with vines to conceal the fire resistant concrete. On the interior adhere oak to the dome shell drywall and install wood flooring, wood cabinetry.

We understand that it is important to compare various companies when it comes to designing and building your home, and that you may want to compare our concrete kit to Deltec homes.

Ai would like to do a comparison between both of our companies, so you can determine which home would be best for you. We want to offer you a comparison showing that Aidome building kits will offer you more for your money, be more energy efficient, offer better defense from the elements and have lower maintenance costs over time.

Please be aware that both AiDomes and Deltec do not install a foundation. That work is completed by a local foundation subcontractor near you. In Ai’s building plans are foundation pdfs detailing foundation dimensions.

Please note in the information below we are simply pointing out the differences in our products.  Deltec makes a fine product, but we at Ai feel we have superior home product.

Let us start with the kit:

Standard Shell Kit Standard Shell kit
Wood Frame home, w/shingled roof

No mention of insulation, or drywall for home’s exterior walls

Does not include exterior

siding and shingles

Exterior Concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & fibers;

7” thick R-28 Value expanded polystyrene insulation

throughout the exterior walls & roof of the home;

½” Georgia Pacific DensArmor – moisture resistant/mold resistant Gypsum Drywall


·         2” x 6” x 8’ wall panels

·         Double 2” x 10” headers in all wall panels

·         5/8” CDX plywood sheathing

·         Complete half scissor truss roof system

·         Typar House Wrap

·         Pre-cut roof sheathing & Typar surround

·         Fascia / pre-cut soffit materials

·         1’-9” overhang (3′-9” shown)

·         9 Upper level steel floor support pole (two story)

·         Web-tec floor system for upper level (two story)

·         Compression ring and tension collar


Each wall & roof prefab panel consists of a

·         Outer covering of ¾” concrete reinforced w’ galvanized steel mesh & fibers

·         7” thick EPS insulation

(w/a R-28 value)

·         ½” interior DensArmor drywall

by Georgia Pacific (meets 2014 building code)

·        Galvanized Steel Cables are included with the kit (for standard riser panel height design)


*Rods & Z plates for second floor are at a nominal charge per plan


The Deltec kit: As you can see their system is wood frame, it requires that the house exterior be finished with some sort of siding, and the roof shingled. Per their website, there is no mention of the inclusion of insulation, or drywall for the shell and attic area (there is mentioned as one of the top upgrades (i.e. additional cost) some sort of energy barrier for north & south facing areas of the home, not throughout the home).  Being wood, the wood exterior is subject to fire, rot and termites. 

With an Ai dome Kit:  When assembled, the prefabricated panels produce all the structural components, the concrete roof, all the insulation and all the interior drywall for the dome shell’s exterior walls and roof.  In addition, the dome shell carries a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado guarantee.  Ai’s panelized system does not contain wood or steel framing (ribs) to interrupt our standard R28 insulation. There is no exterior wood to burn or rot or for termites to eat.  As an added bonus, there is no roof to blow off in high winds, and has a noncombustible fire resistant concrete exterior.  (Pressure Treated wood is used to frame the walls under the entryways and dormers to accept your locally purchased doors and windows.  During Kit Assembly a temporary wooden rib system is installed to support the panels. However once the seam areas between the panels and the entryways and dormers are concreted, the Aidome is self-supporting and the rib system is removed.)

  • Although all homes require exterior maintenance, an Ai dome (when erected), simply requires painting – there are no shingles to replace. Whereas a traditional home, as well as the Deltec kit would require repair and/or  replacement of the roof, as well as maintenance/repair and/or replacement of the siding.
  • In regards to the cost to build, both Deltec and Ai are kits, they are not complete houses, they are the shell of the structure,  this is done by local contractors (Ai knows of an  Independent Kit Consultant to assist your contractors with shell assembly).

Please give us a call so we can provide information and answer questions for you – 321-639-8777 Mon – Fri 9-5 eastern time.


To run presentation that goes through each room, first click on the arrow button to play then click on the Camera icon in the lower left and then click the start arrow to see presentation. (may take a few seconds to load)  You can also see a list of rooms to zoom right in to.  (There will be a glove that appears as a mouse pointer for moving around)

Another shoes icon on the lower left also enables you to move through rooms.  (Use the glove that appears to drag the viewing angle around)\

Please note that the 3D software utilized to create these 3D Models does not show the second floor dome sloping walls. As a result some second floor 3D layouts do not match the furniture layouts in the actual second floor plan layouts.  Beneath each 3D view is the floor plan layout with furniture with the second floor showing the perimeter five foot, six foot and seven foot height lines.  You can print out the layout and cut out the to-scale ruler to measure the length and width of the rooms.   We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

The SECOND FLOOR CENTER HEIGHT slopes down to five feet on the perimeter.

Second floor center height:

22′ – six feet one inch
27′ – nine feet one inch
34′ – nine feet nine inches
36′ – ten feet
40′ – eleven feet seven inches
45′ – thirteen feet seven inches
48′ – fourteen feet 10 inches

22ft Eco Cottage v2

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27ft Sigma 11

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27ft Sigma 17

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34ft Dome with 22ft Attached Garage

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36ft Pi 12

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40ft Delta 17

45ft Alpha 16

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48ft Omicron 16

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The following article compares the American Ingenuity (Ai)
Concrete Dome Building Kit to Canvas and Wood Yurt Kits

So many factors go into building a home, and cost is a major consideration.  However, strength, durability, fire resistance and energy efficiency of your new home should weigh above cost in the long run.   

Ai likes to understand our competitors’ products, methods, costs and construction so we can provide our potential clients an overall viewpoint on why we consider our product superior.  This is especially true of a yurt.  We recently did some investigation into yurts, the following contains info from several articles, one blog and Ai contacted one company which sells solid wall yurt kits, to compare costs. When all is said and done, an AiDome is far more secure, storm resistant, and energy efficient, even factoring in cost to build.

Below you will find a chart comparing a concrete American Ingenuity (Ai) dome kit to a solid wood yurt kit.  The cost to purchase, pay shipping on the kit and build one of Ai’s  dome kits is about the same price as a solid wall yurt but you receive more from the Aidome.  The Aidome exterior is steel reinforced concrete versus the yurt’s wood exterior. The Ai dome is more wind resistant – solid wood Yurt has 100 mph wind warranty when Ai dome has 225 mph wind & F4 tornado warranty.  Plus because the Aidome has no wood in or on the dome prefab panels and no wood interrupting its insulation, the exterior is resistant to fire and insect infestation, and the Ai dome overall will be more energy efficient.  To view photos and utility bills of an Ai dome home, click on 34′ dome.

Although most yurts are tent like structures, there are some that have solid wood walls, in order to compare them to Ai’s dome building kits, Ai searched and found a company that sells sold wall (wood) yurt kits.  Below is a comparison of wood yurt kit to an Ai dome kit, including cost to build. Ai called a solid wall yurt kit company in Washington States.  Yurt is made from wood with a  wood foundation.   Kits range in size equal to American Ingenuity’s 22 ft to 34 ft dome kit sizes in sq. ft.  No insulation or Sheetrock is included in their kit vs the Ai dome kit comes with prefab panels containing seven inches of rigid, nontoxic R28 Expanded Polystyrene Insulation, ½” Georgia Pacific drywall w’ steel reinforced concrete exterior.  The wood yurt kit  has a warranty to 100 m.p.h. wind with 3 second gusts and class D seismic rating versus Ai dome kit is warrantied to  225 mph wind and F4 tornado and class D seismic rating.

Per their website “The best I can suggest as a general rule of thumb to figure the final cost per square foot  (not knowing the complete picture of how you will go about the project and not including  infrastructure) would be to take the price of the yurt kit you would like and figure somewhere between twice and three times that cost. The infrastructure (foundation/floor, well, power and septic) would be an additional cost and can easily cost you the price of the yurt kit. All this considered your yurt home will cost you twice to 4 times the cost of the yurt kit depending on all the factors above.”

The following example includes the cost to purchase and build a 30’ solid wall yurt to a comparable size American Ingenuity 27’ dome at 737 sq. ft.  The Yurt installs insulation in 2x 10 wood framing versus the Ai dome’s insulation is already installed in the prefab panel with no wood interrupting its R28 insulation.

 27′ American Ingenuity (Ai) Dome Kit estimated cost (including parts): $22,660

Plans 3 sets w/seal $1,551 (stock plans) energy report available if needed

Finished or Build cost approx. $104,000

Approx. shipping from Rockledge Fl to Kansas City Mo. 1,270 mi @ $2.70 a mile or $3,483

Concrete Ai Dome approx. total including sealed plans, kit w/build and shipping  – $109,034


Soild Wood Yurt kit from Washington State price: $29,239

Plans 3 sets w/seal $1500-$2500 no energy report available

Finished or Build cost approx.:  $103,000 (per website)

Approx. shipping from Seattle, WA to KC MO. 1,836 miles @ $2.70 mi or $4957

Wood Yurt approx. total including sealed plans, kit w/build and shipping –  $109,457

The cost to purchase, pay shipping and build one of Ai’s  dome kits is about the same price as a solid wall yurt but you receive more from the Aidome.  The Aidome exterior is steel reinforced concrete versus the yurt’s wood exterior. The Ai dome is more wind resistant – solid wood Yurt has 100 mph wind warranty when Ai dome has 225 mph wind & F4 tornado warranty.  Plus because the Aidome has no wood in or on the dome prefab panels and no wood interrupting its insulation, the exterior is resistant to fire and insect infestation, and the Ai dome overall will be more energy efficient.

The following is from a blog Yurt Drawbacks and Advantages on traditional “canvas” yurts:

“So you have looked at modern yurts, and are convinced that you would love to live in such a structure.  The salesman tells you all of the great things about the yurt (there are many), and you are more enthused than ever.  The price tag is presented, and you learn that yurts cost anywhere from one tenth to one fifth of a similarly sized bungalow. You are told that a yurt can be assembled within a couple of days.  So, knowing that you will be mortgage-free the instant that the home is erected, and you will be living in this space-age creation (that was first constructed several thousand years ago in the Slavic and Mongolian regions), you jump at the chance to go minimal with this unique idea.  But, there’s a lot more to be considered before you buy!

While yurts do hold great appeal, and while yurt living has a lot of advantages, there are myriad drawbacks, impediments and disadvantages to consider, as well as significant design and sizing options, depending on your region and geography.

Before we look at design considerations, reflect on a few of the more obscure issues that become very significant once you have moved in.  In our locale, for instance, we commune with nature in a very intimate way, with black bear, deer, raccoons & skunks, wolves & coyotes, weasel, mice, squirrels, an army of insects, garter snakes, birds and so on.  This interaction with nature is, for the most part, enjoyable.

When the skunks, weasels and squirrels take up residence under the building, there goes the neighborhood.  Consequently, an effective mesh screen and lattice barrier is vital to keep the predators and vermin away.  Sure, the weasel will eradicate the mice, but that leaves the problem of a noxious weasel!  Skunks are fairly easily relocated, since they do not care to be in close proximity to us.  It is reciprocal.  Squirrels offer greater resistance and, like raccoons, can wreak havoc on the tarpaulins.  Our yurt integrates so well into its surroundings that a raccoon family has torn holes in the roof tarpaulin, merely by climbing onto it.  Squirrels leave only pin-sized holes, but more of them.

The basic yurt design lends itself to several drawbacks.  Flexible wall yurts, for instance, have walls that are less than two inches thick.  Even with the space-age bubble and foil insulation employed, you will experience more rapid heating and cooling variations inside this building.  However, a solid wall yurt can be constructed of conventional studding, and insulated to higher levels using fiberglass mat insulation as well as bubble & foil or Styrofoam foil combinations.  On the other hand, a yurt, because of its circular design and open concept, heats and cools much more effectively than a similarly sized bungalow.  For example, our 600 square-foot yurt can be heated during minus 25 temperatures with a small radiant propane heater (4-6,000 BTUs), and a 20 pound tank will last nearly a week.  A 600 square foot house would require triple that amount of fuel and still have cold and hot zones.

It is impossible to use standard glass windows in a flexible wall yurt.  Consequently, the norm is to install single-sheet heavy plastic windows, which transmit a great deal of the heat or cooling between interior and exterior.  A solid wall yurt, on the other hand, can accommodate standard window units (smaller sizes).  Doors pose similar issues, and, more so, because most yurt vertical walls are 6’6” to 7’ – less than standard door frame height.

Other infrastructure poses challenges, too. All wiring must be routed through conduit, as it is installed on the outside of the walls framing, rather than through it.  An option is to use low voltage wiring and inverters throughout the building.  Plumbing, too, is installed in plain view.  Of course, this method of installation is much easier and quicker.

Due to the open design of these homes, privacy is impacted, and closet space is at a premium.  Creative layouts can offset these concerns.

Other considerations include safe heating systems.  Open flame is very risky in fabric yurts.  With solid wall designs, flame retarding materials and fire-rated wall boards can be installed.  Yurts may be purchased with mounting for chimney egress, but pay close attention to sparks that may burn through the roof tarpaulin!

Other problems that may arise include condensation issues in cold weather, when warm, moist air rises and contacts the thinly insulated ceiling materials, condensing and falling inside the building.  If tarpaulins (particularly roof tarpaulins) are not skin-tight, wind causes the tarp to billow which, in turn, packs down any matt insulation used and reduces that R-value. While the wind effect against a yurt is minimized because of the round design, this means that there are no leeward sides or areas next to the yurt, where you can huddle against the cool breeze.  That also allows smoke and loose sparks to migrate around the building during the winter.

Yurts, almost always, do not meet zoning demands of any urban jurisdiction, and, therefore, do not qualify for permits.  If you are building in remote locations, this will not be an issue, and some solid-wall designs, indeed, can obtain engineer certification.  Proper design and construction practices should be employed regardless of whether the building meets code. The yurt offers a wonderful escape and alternative to conventional housing, but be prepared for the drawbacks, as well as the advantages.” (end of quote from Yurt Drawbacks and Advantages)

We hope you will compare apples to apples when researching the contents and advantages of solid wood Yurt Kits and Canvas Yurt Kits to the contents & advantages of American Ingenuity’s dome building kits.  To view information on the composition of American Ingenuity’s prefabricated panel, click on Prefab Panel.    To view stock plans for each of Ai’s ten dome kit sizes, click on Stock Plans.  If you do not find a stock plan to fit your life style, Ai can modify or customize a plan to fit your desires.  Ai dome plans are flexible to meet your criteria.  On our Stock Plans post there are blank floor planners, elevation views and to scale furniture which can be used to design custom plans.   We look forward to hearing from you and hope you are having an enjoyable life.




Ai Concrete Dome vs Shipping Container Home

After reviewing several sites regarding converting a shipping container into a home and what the American Ingenuity (Ai) Dome Building Kit offers, we have the following comparison to share.  When comparing companies housing products, please compare apples to apples, not just the container cost.  

  1. Do the other companies back up their product against Hurricanes and Tornadoes?  American Ingenuity offers a warranty up to a 225 mile an hour winds and or F4 tornado. Click on, Aidomes & Acts of Nature to learn more.
  2. To reach the 780 sq. ft. of living space (average 27′ dome)  will require two to three 40 ft. containers, at an average price for used containers (in good shape, another issue posted) of $2,000. New containers run between $4,500 and $6,000 that is $13,500 (for 3) minimum before shipping. The closest shipping (for this Florida example) for a container would be Miami.  Current shipping costs are about $800 per truck within Florida ($2,400).  So your investment before your retrofit would be over $15,900!   Adding the retrofit, insulation and drywall will add another $10,000 or more. (not including custom windows, doors, electric, plumbing etc.) For an estimated total of $25,900 (before sales tax). Remember material costs to finish a home is over 50% of construction costs. Prior to Florida Sales Tax, the American Ingenuity dome kit w’ shipping cost to a Florida site based on the 27’ Kappa 11 plan is $26,152, a difference of only $252 and you receive a home with greater strength – 225 mph wind & F4 tornado warranty on the dome exterior walls.   Please see Ai Pricing Chart below.
  3. When looking at  container conversion, how is the interior of the home finished?  Do you have to cut and solder the units for windows, entryways and multiple units?  Do you need to tear the flooring out due to possible contamination (another potential problem)?  Attach the insulation and wallboard? Ai’s kit’s triangle and riser panels come with the R28 insulation and ½” thick DensArmor gypsum wallboard (by Georgia Pacific) already adhered with wallboard adhesive. After the kit panels are assembled, the drywall seams are taped with adhesive mesh tap and joint compound.  To blend the drywall seams and the drywall surface, skip trowel joint compound over the dome shell drywall.
  4. Does the product or kit contain insulation? What type, and what is the overall R-Value for energy efficiency? Our kits have standard 7″ thick rigid, nontoxic EPS giving the structure an overall R-Value of 28. From what we have read container homes have major insulation problems with both keeping the home warm in winter and cool in summer, which may present a problem in your area.
  5. Does the companies product have a finished exterior? If using a container then will you need to seal the container with nontoxic paint adding siding or stucco (many containers have lead based paint that needs to be properly sealed so not to contaminate you). The American Ingenuity (Ai) dome’s exterior is 3/4″ concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & fibers with the seams between the panels & the entryways & dormers concreted on site. You do not concrete over the entire shell. After kit erection the concrete gets primed and painted.
  6. Like a container conversion, Ai’s dome panels contain no wood in them.  They are steel reinforced concrete, as opposed to solid metal which will/ can rust.
  7. Will the companies that do the retrofitting call your building department and verify the structure can be built on your site?  At no cost to our Buyers, we call their building department, email a generic set of building plans and talk to the Plans Examiner to assure the dome kit can be built.
  8. Do companies that specialize in shipping container retrofits, provide you with building plans (Ai’s current sale price for 27 Kappa 11 building plans is $851), engineer seal for your state (Seal for one dome on a slab is $600) and energy report  (Ai price to complete the report for one dome on a slab is $190)?  If so what do they charge? If they don’t provide these services, please be aware you will need to hire an architect, and an engineer to seal your building plans.  Just last week, a Florida Resident visited our dome offices and said that engineer sealed building plans for a four container home built in Florida would cost $8,000.

Please keep in mind that the cost to build a finished moderately priced home varies from state to state. As an example in Central Florida (based upon figures from the average cost to build is about $138.00 per square foot for a home that is 750 sq. ft.  This is not including the cost of land, land preparations, permitting/impact fees, and utilities. It would include all your interior finishing including kitchen,  HVAC systems and appliances and monolithic foundation (slab). So a home that is 750 sq. ft. would run about $103,000 to build (this would include the cost of our dome kit). The cost to build one of our kits runs about the same to build as a traditional home but our home has insulation comparable to  11” of fiberglass and has super-strength.  A traditional house would require 2×10 framing (see Finished Cost) to come close to our dome….but it would have wood interrupting the insulation while the Ai dome has no wood in or on the shell to interrupt the insulation, or to burn or to rot or for termites to eat.

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The finished price per sq. ft. a home can be built for is dependent upon house square footage size, finishings, state (location within the state) and whether the dome is built by a local Contractor/Builder or is Owner Built.  Every area varies on what the finished cost per sq.ft. is because labor costs, site development costs and building code requirements vary by area.

You will find on smaller structures the cost per sq. ft. runs higher than larger homes. This is because all homes regardless of size will require a bathroom(s) and a kitchen – which are two of the most expensive rooms to build. On a larger home the cost to install the bathrooms and kitchens is spread out over a larger square footage area. On a small home with less square footage to divide the bathroom & kitchen into, will result in a higher cost per sq. ft. to build.

The Finished Cost below is an estimate based on the home being built by a Contractor/Builder and having a moderately finished home on a monolithic slab.  Total estimated finished cost on the dome includes onsite installation of the slab, dome kit, plumbing, electrical, doors, windows, HVAC, kitchen (cabinets and midline appliances) and baths, etc.

One 27′ dome kit or larger kit requires one semi-truck for delivery.  The kit includes the insulated prefab panels for the outer shell only, no windows, doors, interior finishes or utilities are supplied. We believe the Buyer should not pay shipping costs for an additional truck to receive these items because the interior items & doors & windows can be competitively sourced locally and purchased locally.

To view three actual dome kits pricing which Ai shipped recently, click on Actual.  To view an article which has four charts – one of which lists items which can be purchased from Ai and other charts estimating finished costs when the dome is Owner Built or by a Contractor, click on Approx. Finished Costs.

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The following is a Construction Cost Estimate Report
Utilizing and the above criteria



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American Ingenuity (Ai) Dome Building Plans and Panelized Building Kit Sale Pricing


The Above Dome was built from a 40′ Ai Panelized Dome Building Kit.  
This kit contained second floor door dormer panels. A second floor balcony results after the dormer panels and a railing are installed above a first floor standard entryway.

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40′ Floor Plans 2nd Floor

The Discount on Ai’s Prefabricated Dome Building Kit with one entryway is 15% if delivery is taken  by April 26, 2017 with Buyer & Ai selecting month of delivery (March or April) and Ai selecting week/day of delivery in that month.  Make a deposit & order by January 31, 2017 to take advantage of this offer.  Dome building plans are discounted 25%.  To learn more click on Sale.

To view stock geodesic dome floor plans for each of the ten dome kits, click on Stock Plans & scroll down the page to see the pdf hyperlinks to click on. If you do not find a plan layout for your lifestyle, Ai can design modified or custom home plans or business plans for a 25% discount as well.  The dome kits once assembled and the interior is finished can have 172 sq.ft. to 2,992 sq.ft.   From one bedroom one bath size home to four bedroom three bath size home.  If you desire a larger home, multiple domes can be linked together.  Or you can start out small and add on a larger dome later.

To view a chart containing each stock plan’s sale pricing and its kit sale pricing, click on Stock Plans & Kit Sale Pricing Chart.   To view an article covering various items which can be purchased from Ai and approximate finished cost for the dome, click on Calculating Square Footage Costs.

It is Ai’s philosophy that each Buyer only pays for an engineer seal on the building plans and an Energy Report if their building department requires it.  Building Plans are needed 3 months to 1 1/2 years prior to the dome kit shipment.  About 50% of our client’s building departments require engineer sealed plans, structural calculations & an Energy Report to issue a permit. As a result these items are separate costs from the building kit and are only purchased if needed to obtain a building permit.

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 to 212 mph winds and a tornado. An Ai dome survived 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.

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. An independent kit assembly consultant can be hired to supervise the crew. The Prefab Panels include exterior 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh, core of  nontoxic 7″ Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) R-28 insulation (not styrofoam) & interior of half inch special Georgia Pacific DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall. Once the kit is assembled, seam areas between panels contain overlapped, locked galvanized steel mesh filled with your on site fiber concrete averaging 2″ thick. The concrete/steel/eps/drywall contain no food source for mold growth and are noncombustible.

American Ingenuity designs the geodesic dome plans for a residence or a commercial structure and manufactures ten concrete kits.  The kit when assembled produces the exterior walls and roof of the dome.   The kit does not include exterior doors and windows or any interior items other than the dome shell drywall.  Ai believes you should not pay the shipping costs for an additional truck to deliver materials which can be competitively shopped and purchased locally.   The dome kits are measured by diameter in feet. 

Dome Diameters and Typical Bedroom/Bath Numbers For Each Size Dome Shell Kit
Your Floor Plan Selection determines how much of the second floor is installed

15′  – one bedroom/one bath – no 2nd floor w’ sq.ft of 172
18’ – one bedroom/one bath – no 2nd floor w’ sq.ft. of 249
22′ – one bedroom/one bath – 1st floor of 370 sq.ft.  Can have optional storage or attic loft.
27′ – two bedroom/one bath – 1st floor of 555 sq.ft. – 2nd floor of max 231 sq.ft to equal 786 sq.ft. max.
30′ – one bedroom/one bath – 1st floor of 665 sq.ft. w’ optional 2nd floor for storage, office, craft room.
34′ – two bedroom/two bath – 1st floor of 852 sq.ft.  w’ 2nd floor max of 427 sq.ft. to equal  1,278 sq.ft. max.
36′ – two/three bedroom/two bath– 1st floor of 946 sq.ft. w’ 2nd floor max of 470 sq.ft. to equal 1,418 sq.ft. max.
40′- three to four bedroom/two bath – 1st floor of 1,178 sq.ft. w’ 2nd floor max of 667 sq.ft. to equal 1,845 sq.ft. max.
45′- four bedroom/two half baths – 1st floor of 1,489 sq.ft. w’ 2nd floor  max of 951 sq.ft. to equal 2,440 sq.ft. max.
48′- three/four/five bedroom/two or three bath– 1st floor of 1,693 sq.ft. w’ 2nd floor max of 1,137 sq.ft. to equal 2,830 sq.ft. max.

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 the builder utilizing conventional subcontractors; plumbers, electricians, framers, etc. For Consultant info click on Specialist. To learn about concrete house finished cost, click on Finished Cost.

Due to tight spam filters your email requests may not make it to American Ingenuity and our email replies may not make it back to you. If you email Ai and do not receive a reply in one to two days, please call us. While you are on the phone, we will send you a test email and ask you to send your email to us.

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.


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How Can I View an Ai Dome?

American Ingenuity’s Florida office domes (45′ & 34′ of 3,700 sq.ft.) are open for viewing by appointment after 1 pm weekdays. Once a month a Saturday tour is available where not only are the dome offices toured but Glenda’s personal two bedroom two bath home pictured above.  Call 321-639-8777 for details. Click on Tour for info.

New…New ….New interior pictures of finished 48′ dome (five bedrooms) linked to 40′ garage dome in Oklahoma’s tornado alley. To view info about Ai dome and tornadoes click on Tornado.

View pictures of beautiful dome interior designed by international artist Electros, To view pictures of a 45′ dome on full basement review Stroupe page. To view other dome home photos, click on Photos.  American Ingenuity has sold over 800 dome kits into 47 USA states and 14 foreign areas. One of the recent domes to receive a building permit is in Riverside California with the buyer paying $6,500 in shipping costs for one semi-truck to delivery their 48′ in diameter dome kit.  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 because it has a noncombustible concrete exterior.   Another Aidome was shipped to Trinidad’s rural forested area in January of 2016 with the buyer paying $4,531 in shipping costs.   He chose the Ai dome because its strength resists Trinidad’s hurricane force winds and its exterior is concrete to resist forest fires.

The dome kits American Ingenuity sell 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, 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.

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 the sale pricing on the stock plans and the dome kit for each plan, click on Plans & Kit Sale pricing.

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.


EXTERIOR Schoonover


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; and 3) installs all the R28 insulation.  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.

Why build a geodesic dome – Strength and energy efficiency.  The geodesic geometry intersects to form  triangular elements, which have local, triangular rigidity, and so distribute the structural stress throughout the geodesic sphere. The triangle shape is the strongest shape known to man – it will not collapse whereas all other shapes will.  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 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 conventional structure.  In the Ai dome there is no wood in or on the exterior shell to interrupt the insulation, to rot, or to burn or for termites to eat.  There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The exterior concrete is painted  4-5-6 years with breathable elastomeric paint.

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.



The following article covers American Ingenuity’s two page Dome Kit Order Form & Parts List Description. 

Each floor plan varies as to the number and type of entryways, window dormers and door dormers. Once Ai knows which floor plan you prefer, we can complete a preliminary Building Kit Order Form that lists the kit with entryway and dormer pricing. Once your plans are finished, the preliminary Order Form is updated to show pricing for the Parts List Items.

 Generally additional entryways or dormers can add $300 to $4,000 on to the kit with one entryway sale pricing.

  • The 2×4’s cut/drilled/painted for the temporary wooden rib system to support the panels during kit assembly can be purchased from Ai or we email the specifications for them to be cut on your site.  The 2×4’s can number 75 (for 2 freq domes 15’ – 27’) or 135 (3 freq domes 30’-48’) or 210 (4 freq. 60’). 2×4’s can add approx. $605 or $1,088 or $1,999 to your Order Form.
    • (Due to fluctuating 2×4 prices we do not know exact price right now. Pricing will be based on current 2×4 costs at the time of shipment.)  Ai does not add overhead costs to the labor to cut the 2×4’s. Only the labor costs to cut the 2×4’s plus 2×4’ cost itself determines the pricing.
  • Parts List Items can add $300 to $1,500 to the Order Form: The second floor of the dome can be partially suspended from the dome shell. Depending on your floor plan & size of dome there can be 8 to 20 rods.  This means suspension rods are installed in the shell during the kit assembly.  A rod and top and bottom plate is around $50. The rods and other items are listed on the Parts List.

 The following description is to give you a heads up as to what is included within the two pages of the American Ingenuity  Dome Kit Order Form.  

The first page of the Order Form lists:

  • The dome kit size and its regular pricing and discount (any discount is on the kit with one entryway pricing and is not on the building options)
  • All the individual building options (entryways, window dormers, door dormers, cupola, link, etc), each are listed separately with quantities and pricing
  • Pricing for the items from the Parts List.  See below for a description of the Parts List.
  • Shipping Estimate or states Shipping To Be Determined Later.  Minimum shipping cost is $800.
  • Sales tax and applicable Florida surtax if kit is shipped to Florida property address
  • Date sale pricing is good through
  • Date Signed Order Forms and Deposit are due by to receive sale pricing
  • A Shipping Date range for kit shipment
  • Estimated Shipping Costs
  • $120 purchase for the four lifting spikes (items are not returned to Ai).  If purchasing more than one dome, you need one set of spikes for each dome as they wear out with use.
  • Hub Deposit & purchase bolts, nuts, washers:
    • If you are in the USA a deposit is placed on the steel hubs for 5 months rental time with $20 monthly rental cost over five months.  The deposit is returned when all hubs are returned within the five month rental period. 
      • 3 freq domes: 30’- 48’ dome kit –  the hub deposit is $1,610  for 46 steel hubs.
      • 2 freq domes: 22’ & 27’ dome kit – the hub deposit is $910 for 26 steel hubs.
      • 4 freq dome: 60′ dome kit – the hub deposit is $2,485 for  71 steel hubs.
      • The steel hubs are bolted to your locally purchased 2×4’s that you cut, drill holes and paint the ends…the hubs and 2×4’s make up the geodesic wooden support skeleton to hold the panels in place while the seams between the panels are concreted and the entryways and dormers are concreted.   You borrow the hubs from us and UPS or mail them back to us when you are finished with them.  Ai issues you a refund check, less any missing hubs, etc.  Once the mesh in the seams is overlapped, locked with C rings and concreted and the entryways and dormers are concreted the dome is self-supporting and the rib system is removed. There is no wood in or on the shell to interrupt the insulation.
    • Purchase price for bolts, nuts & washers that are used to connect the steel hubs to 2×4 wooden ribs. 2 & 3 freq. $128.  4 freq. $160. These items are not returned to Ai.  The items get worn with use and cannot be used again.
  • International Orders – hubs are purchased because they weight around 150 lbs and cannot be returned.
    • For 2 freq domes 26 hubs are purchased with bolts, nuts, washers for approx. $1,170 and not returned to Ai.
    • For 3 freq domes 46 Hubs are Purchased with bolts, nuts, washers for approx. $2,070 because they are not returned.
    • Ai has to rent a telescoping forklift to load the container. Our forklift cannot be used.  The rental cost is $800 for one day rental.  If your order includes two or more containers, the telescoping forklift may need to be rented for two days or more. You will need a telescoping forklift to unload the container.
    • Add $200 for Ai to complete international paperwork and coordinate your shipping with your freight forwarder.
  • Purchase cut, drilled, painted 2×4’s for temporary wooden rib system from Ai or Ai can email specs for the 2×4’s to be cut, drilled, painted on site.  To determine pricing, Ai only charges the cost of the 2×4 and actual labor costs to cut, drill and paint the 2×4’s.  Ai does not add our business overhead costs to the 2×4 pricing. 
    • For two freq: 15’, 18’, 22’ or 27’ dome there are 75 – 2×4’s – approx. price $605
    • For three freq: 30’ – 48’ domes there are 135 – 2×4’s approx. price $1,088

The temporary support system needs 2×4’s cut to a precise length, holes drilled in both ends of the 2×4’s that make the triangles and one hole drilled in the 2×4 leg for the riser panels and ends painted red, white or blue to match the hub leg colors.  Ai realizes this cutting, drilling and painting is difficult and time consuming for our buyers; therefore, the cut, drilled and painted 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai and shipped on the truck with the dome kit.

Please let us know if there are any items you do not want to purchase, and we will remove them from the Parts List or change any quantities.

The second page of the Order Form is the Parts List which consists of two parts.

 The first part of the Parts List is a listing of items that come with the kit;

  • 4-8 cans of expanding foam, one metal expanding foam dispensing gun and one can of cleaner
  • 2 galvanized steel cables that go around the dome
  • admixture A – for concrete
  • admixture B – for concrete
  • synthetic fibers – for first layer of concrete
  • bonding agent – applied between two layers of concrete
  • C-rings and two pairs of C-ring pliers
  • Cupola kit if you have a cupola

 The second part of the Parts Lists is a listing of items not included in the kit which you can choose to purchase from Ai:

  • Items to suspend the second floor perimeter joists and to suspend other areas of the second floor where there are no first floor load bearding walls
    • 6 ft Suspension rod with nut coated to prevent rust & two nuts & washer -$19 set
    • Top plates, bottom plates or flat plates for horizontal seams….Ai purchases the steel, cuts the steel and drills it and bends it to specs. Each plate $14.90.
    • Garage door header modified Z plate – $14.90
  • Concrete Accelerator (if you are going to be mixing concrete in late fall when temperatures could be freezing at night)
  • ¼” cable for lip edge of first floor door dormer – $2.50/ft.
  • Simpson hangers (connect the second floor edge beams to the joists) – $1.95 to $4.20 each
  • 1/2″ in diameter 6″ long stainless steel forged eyebolts for the top of the dome – $17 each.  During kit assembly a 4″ Vent Pipe is installed where the five top P panels meet.  An eyebolt is installed in each of the five top seams five inches from the vent pipe.  To paint the dome a rope is tied thru an eyebolt and secured to the worker’s harness.  The eyebolt keeps the rope away from the Vent Pipe so the pipe is not damaged.  The rope attached to the eyebolt needs to be part of an engineered system with a maximum arresting force of 900 lbs.  If a cupola is purchased six other eyebolts are purchased for a total of 11 eyebolts.
  • 1”x1” galvanized steel mesh for link – $1.05/sq.ft. – can be ordered in 300 sq.ft.; 500 sq.ft. or 600 sq.ft. amounts…we are shipping complete rolls. This way we do not need to unroll the rolls and measure lengths out and then reroll the rolls and strap them, etc. If you want less than 300 sq.ft. then the price per $2.10.
  • Ai originally designed 22’ and 27’ domes as two frequency domes for garages because the entryway would remove three riser panels instead of two risers for the 30’ thru 48’ dome entryways. This causes the 22’ and 27’ dome entryway panels to be longer.  Because they are longer they consist of 3 ½” EPS not wrapped in steel mesh and there is no concrete applied on the underside or lip edge.  However if the dome kit buyer purchases 1”x1” galvanized steel mesh for 15’ or 18’ or 22’ or 27’ G  type entryway panels at  $1.05/sq.ft. – minimum 300 sq.ft. or $315. Ai will wrap the 15’ or 18’ or 22’ or 27’ entryway panels at no labor cost for our buyer.
  • 1/2″x 1/2″ galvanized steel mesh for the entryway and dormer framing – $1.05 per sq.ft.
  • Additional “C” Rings (small and large) are purchased because they tend to get dropped. Small (2 – 3 lbs) – $5.85 per pound.  Large (2-3 lbs) – $4.75 per pound.
  • Two additional “C” Ring pliers are purchased – $18 each.
  • Additional Bonding Agent is purchased. The Bonding Agent that American Ingenuity ships with your kit is new and improved and is better than what you can purchase locally.  Locally Home Depot, etc. sells a cheaper bonding agent which is a blend of vinyl & acrylic resins. The bonding agent we include with your kit is manufactured by Richard’s Paint and is number RP295.  It is a 100% pure acrylic resin. Ai sells a five gallon bucket for $107 because Ai wants you to have the very best bonding agent.  Ai recommends that you purchase an extra five gallon bucket for each dome kit instead of purchasing a less quality bonding agent locally when you run out.
  • Additional metal expanding foam dispensing gun $40 – gun wears out from use.
  • Additional synthetic fibers for the second layer of concrete – $7.00 a bag – good for four bags of Portland cement.
  • Additional cans of cleaner for the metal foam dispensing gun – $10.85 ea – small dome 1 can.  Large dome 2 – 3 cans.
  • Additional admixture A and admixture B as liquids get spilled or evaporate in the hot sun.  Depends on size dome.  Small dome 1 gal A and 2 gals B.  Large dome 2 gals A and 4 gallons B.   A is $30.40 a gallon. B is $34.40 a gallon.
  • Additional 24 oz cans of expanding foam – $11.10 ea. Small kits need 12 extra cans; larger kits 40’, 45’ 48’ – 24 cans.
    • Ai ships 4 – 8 cans of expanding foam with your kit at no cost to you. You can purchase more cans from us.  Our cans are 24 ozs. We send a metal dispensing gun and a can of cleaner at no cost. Expanding foam is applied under each riser panel.  Grooves are cut in the dome shell wall board & EPS to insert the electrical wiring.  After the electrical wiring is installed, the grooves are filled with expanding foam, the expanding foam is cut flush and then the wall is finished with tape and joint compound just as drywall is finished or with mixture of cement/perlite – recipe in Assembly Manual.   Of course, you can decrease or increase this number.  The dispensing gun allows your workers to start and stop the foam without having to use the whole can at one time…like you do with the small cans that you purchase from the hardware store that have the plastic nozzle which cannot be restarted the following day.

 Items on the Parts List can be shipped with your dome kit at no extra shipping cost.  American Ingenuity only orders Parts Items based on each customer’s order.  Ai does not stock any of these items; therefore if you need additional items after the kit is shipped we can give you the phone number of the company where you can order parts (bonding agent, Enerfoam, etc) directly from them, pay their shipping cost, handling fee and have the items drop shipped to you.

The Parts List items and the 2×4 pricing for the temporary rib system can change because their costs can fluctuate.  Two months prior to the delivery of your kit, Ai will call the shipping broker and obtain your shipping cost and will review the 2×4’ pricing and Parts List items.  If costs have changed, Ai will complete a revised Order Form showing latest pricing and shipping cost.  The balance due on your Order Form is due three weeks prior to the shipping of your dome kit in the form of a cashier’s check or bank check.