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1. Why concrete is the absolute best way to build a dome.

2. What you need to know about local building codes.

4. The ins and out of bank loans on dome homes.

5. What you need to know about the land. 

6. When is the best time of year to build a dome for certain locations.

7. Why AiDome exterior can have 225 mph wind and F4 tornado warranty

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TO ORDER DVD, PLANNING KIT OR MODEL DOME KIT

CALL AMERICAN INGENUITY (Ai) AT 321-639-8777 – MON-FRI 10 am – 4 pm EASTERN TIME

or Email Us (Including Your Telephone Number) at info@aidomes.com

To pay for the item(s), Ai accepts any of the following payment methods.  Call us to give us the info.

  • Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Discover (Not American Express)
  • Debit Cards
  • Money Orders or Checks made out to American Ingenuity and mailed to 8777 Holiday Springs Rd., Rockledge Fl 32955
  • Paypal Accounts:  call us with your PayPal account info and we will email a PayPal invoice

International Customers: DVD and Planning Kit can be mailed internationally; however, the Model Dome Kit cannot be mailed internationally.

American Ingenuity DVD

Ai’s Dome DVD is newly updated as of August 2014. Includes video of prefabricated panels being manufactured, info about 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor Plus High Performance Wallboard, domes under construction, finished domes and Inside Edition TV segment.

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$7 includes First Class Mailing Costs for US States Only

An Ai dome went through Hurricane Andrew.  A FEMA official said not only had the Ai dome survived Hurricane Andrew but it had gone through a tornado.  A tornado picked up a two wide metal horse trailer and slammed it against the dome.  The damage was minor…a hairline crack and a small piece of concrete was broken loose on a riser wall.  The dome owner caulked the crack, mixed up our special fiber concrete and patched the hole and then painted over the area with  paint.  In 34 years this is the only American Ingenuity Dome to suffer any damage due to a hurricane, earthquake or tornado.

American Ingenuity Domes carry a warranty against structural damage due to 225 mph winds and F4 tornadoes.

If you order the Planning Kit, DO NOT ORDER THIS DVD separately, as it is included in the Planning Kit.

This  DVD  is shipped via U.S. First Class Mail  to residents of the United States. International orders please contact us directly at 321-639-8777 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.  or email us at info@aidomes.com.

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American Ingenuity Dome Planning Kit with DVD 

This Package includes a sixty page Stock Floor Plan Booklet, a DVD showing prefabricated panels being manufactured, Kit Assembly Pictures and Photos of finished domes, Popular Science front cover story reprint and additional miscellaneous information.

dome planning kit

$14 plus $5.60 Priority Mailing Costs – US States Only.

The 8 1/2″ x 11″ Floor Plan Booklet includes a sampling of stock floor plans for our 27′, 30′, 36′, 40′, 45′ and 48′ dome homes, stock garage plans for the 22′, 27′, 30′ and 34′ domes and blank floor planners for the 22′ through 48′ domes.  If you have already narrowed down the size dome you wish to build (to one or two dome sizes), the number of bedrooms, and if you desire the master bedroom on main floor, Ai can send you a customized planning kit with plans that fit your needs. Just let us know when placing your order and we will be happy to accommodate you.

The miscellaneous information includes: Answers to Frequent Questions, Pricing/Specifications/Dimensions,Finished Cost, Construction Overview, Kit Assembly Consultant, Paper Mini Dome and Magazine article reprints.

One Planning Kit is shipped Priority Mail within USA for $5.60. For international orders please contact us directly at 321-639-8777 E.T. or email us at info@aidomes.com.

This Planning Kit includes the DVD; so there is no need to order the DVD separately. 

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Model Dome Kit

Construct a 3-D scale Model of a geodesic dome on a four foot tall riser. The dome can be either a 30′ or 34′ or 40′ or 45′ or 48′. When assembled the skeleton is 24″ in diameter by 15″ high. Plastic ribs and hubs form a geodesic see through skeleton. Foam board for walls and floors requires cutting and fitting. 2-D furniture is provided.

model dome kit

$47 Plus USA $15 Mailing Costs – US States Only

This kit does not include a Planning Kit or a 60 page stock floor plan booklet, link patterns or cupola patterns. The Model Dome Kit is not for the two frequency 22′ or 27′ domes or the four frequency 60′ dome.  Ai does not have model dome kits or strut sizes for two freq or four freq domes.

Shipping within the USA:  One MDK is shipped via Priority Mail within the USA for $15.00.

International Shipping:   Ai does not ship Model Dome Kits internationally.

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Staff-2014

Time to brag about our employees..  American Ingenuity  (Ai) is quite proud of its Office Staff, CAD Staff, Plant Technicians and Plant Manager.  Each one does a wonderful job in completing  his or her areas of responsibilities.

The Plant staff enjoys producing an excellent quality dome home kit. The CAD department enjoys designing top notch building plans. The Office staff thoroughly enjoys answering all questions and providing excellent customer service.    We here at Ai want to thank you for researching American Ingenuity super-strong, super-energy efficient dome housing kits.

Staff Front row:

Keith – General Plant Technician:  EPS insulation cutting, Steel Mesh Cutting, Concrete Mix expert.  Seven Years with Ai.

Cheryl – Sales Associate, Receptionist & Newsletter Designer.  Four years with Ai.

Leo  – Plant Manager,  Dome Geometry Expert & Dome Construction Expert.  Nineteen years with Ai.

Dawn – QuickBooks Bookkeeper, Assistant & Receptionist. One year with Ai.

Staff Back row:

Leonard – Computer Aided Drafting Technician (CAD).   Less than one year.

John – General Plant Technician: Concrete Mix Expert, Wallboard cutting.  Three years with Ai.

Jean –  Kit Shipping Coordinator, Computer Tech, Customer Service, Assembly Manual Coordinator. Seven years w€™ Ai.

Doug – General Plant Technician:  Wallboard Cutting & Adhering, Concrete Mix expert.  Eight years with Ai.

Natasha – Computer Aided Drafting Technician.  Custom Dome Floor Plans Designer.  Nine years wwith Ai.

Glenda Co-Owner  of Ai since 1983.  General Manager & Coordinator between plans clients, CAD department & engineers.

Not pictured:

  • Michael – Retired – Founder of American Ingenuity in 1976.
  • Dan – Operations Manager.
  • Gary – web site & face book designer.

 

HOW TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT IN CALIFORNIA

Prior to the recession some building departments in California could require that the dome kit and other building kits be certified by the State of California.  As a result of the recession & this requirement less homes were being built resulting in less property tax revenue.  Some building departments have relaxed their permitting demands to stimulate construction.

American Ingenuity (Ai) has sold domes into such California areas as Forest Ranch, Crestline, Borrego Springs, Lake Elsinore, Summerset and Hanford. Currently Ai has preliminary building kit approval in the California counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Trinity and San Diego County.

For those interested in obtaining a California building permit for American Ingenuity’s concrete dome housing kit in areas other than the California counties described above, give us your parcel ID number, building department name & phone number and Ai will call the building department, discuss Ai’s building kit, and email generic California engineer sealed plans and California engineer sealed engineering statement that says: “The panel composition of the geodesic dome buildings are certified by me as being designed in accordance with and conforms to the intent of the California Residential Code as allowed alternative materials and methods for residential construction per section R104.11  Georgia-Pacific’s DensArmor Plus High Performance Interior ½” Gypsum Wallboard is used as the interior face of the panels which meets the thermal barrier requirements of R719 as shown by third party testing.”  Ai will find out if you submit California Engineer Sealed Plans, California engineer sealed engineering statement, California engineer sealed snow, seismic, wind & bracing calculations, a passing Title 24 Energy Report along with all other required paperwork whether an American Ingenuity dome can be built.

American Ingenuity Office number: 321-639-8777.  Mon – Fri 9-5 eastern time. Or email info@aidomes.com

 

Following is a thesis written about geodesic domes in 2010 by Taralyn Fender who teaches math at a University.

The title of her thesis: Are Geodesic Dome Homes More Energy Efficient and Wind Resistant Because They Resemble a Hemisphere?

 

The Conclusion of her thesis: Simulations and observations from hurricane disaster scenes do suggest that the geodesic dome structures suffer far less destruction than rectilinear structures. The hypothesis is that geodesic domes are more energy efficient and more wind resistant because they more closely resemble a hemisphere.

 

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An American Ingenuity 34 ft in diameter Dome Home with 1,200 sq.ft.

  can be cooled for less than

$22 a month during Florida’s Hottest Months

To view Annual Electrical Bill Charts for a Florida 34′ Ai Dome Home, click on links below named Ai Domes Dome Home Electric Use. The dome home is totally electric with 1,200 sq.ft. and R-28 insulation.  For example the 2013 SUMMARY shows that it costs a monthly average of $21.97 to air condition the 1,200 sq.ft. Florida Dome Home in each of the five hottest months of the year. The following describes how we came to this conclusion.

In February no Heat or AC were used, therefore the cost to run everything else in the home (dishwasher, washing machine, stove, microwave, dryer, water heater, refrigerator, television and lights) was $36.47. To determine the monthly Air Conditioning cost, we subtracted $36.47 from each month’s electric bill to get that month’s Air Conditioning Costs.

To obtain the home’s 2013 monthly average Air Conditioning costs, we averaged the five hottest month’s AC costs.  The five hottest months were June thru October making total air conditioning costs of $109.85 divided by five resulting in a monthly average cost of $21.97 to air condition 1,200 sq.ft. during Florida’s hottest months.

The thermostat is kept at 76 degrees when the owner is home and 81 degrees when she is not home. (The electric water heater is manually turned on prior to use).

To view the individual Florida Power and Light electric bills for 2013, click on the two links below named Florida Dome Home’s Electric Use.

Ai apologizes due to web site upgrading, the links below do not work. Will have corrected soon.  5/24/15

2010 AiDomes Dome Home Electric Use

2011 AiDomes Dome Home Electric Use

2012 AiDomes Dome Home Electric Use

2013 AiDomes Dome Home Electric Use

 

Florida Dome Home Electric Use Jan.- Oct. 2013
Nov. 2013
 Dec. 2013 

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Exterior Office 2 domes dormers good (2)

American Ingenuity’s 3,700 sq.ft. Office Domes

can be cooled for less than  $55 a month during Florida’s Hottest Months

To view Annual Electrical Bill Charts for Ai’s Dome Offices, click on links below named Ai Domes Electric Use. Our dome offices are a 45 ft in diameter dome linked to a 34 ft in diameter dome. Both domes are all electric with R-28 7″ EPS insulation.  For example the 2013 SUMMARY shows that it costs a monthly average of $54.05 to air condition Ai’s 3,700 sq.ft. Florida offices for each of the five hottest months of the year. The following describes how we came to this conclusion.

In April no Heat or AC were used, therefore the cost to run everything else in our Office (computers, monitors, printers, backup power supplies, lights, well pump, refrigerator )  was $63.40.  To determine the monthly Air Conditioning costs, we subtracted $63.40 from each month’s electric bill to get that month’s Air Conditioning Costs. To obtain our 2013 monthly average Air Conditioning costs, we averaged the five hottest month’s AC costs.  The five hottest months were June thru October or $270.23 divided by five to make an monthly average cost of $54.05 to air condition 3,700 sq.ft.during Florida’s hottest summer months.

The thermostat is kept at 76 degrees Monday thru Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday.

To view the individual Florida Power and Light electric bills for 2013, click on the two links below named Florida Office Monthly Electric bills.

2010 AiDomes Electric Use

2011 AiDomes Electric Use

2012 AiDomes Electric Use

2013 AiDomes Electric Use

 

Florida Office Monthly Electric Bills – Jan. – April-2013

Florida Office Monthly Electric Bills – May – Oct.-2013

Florida Office Monthly Electric Bills – Nov 2013  –  Dec 2013

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Davy 22ft Dome Pics

 

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Floor Plans in PDF format.  Open by clicking on the PDF below
or download to your computer by right clicking and saving to your computer.

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40ft Dome Home (three bedroom / 2 bath) with 27ft Dome two car garage.

40ft Dome
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Floor Plans in PDF format.  Open by clicking on the PDF below
or download to your computer by right clicking and saving to your computer.

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