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During Summer months the cooling can be done with the following:

  • Evaporator cooler blows cooled air through ducts that distribute through compartments
  • Rear Door side window vents allows cool air at night into the dome
  • Convection of hot air is drawn up to the center of the dome and out through a 8 inch vent at apex
  • A diverter valve in the summer routes all cold water through hydronic floor when using either hot or cold water to cool floor.
  • A rollup Insulated steel door can be lowered to cover the picture window during hot days

Solar Chill Evaporative Cooler Specifications

Model
Voltage
Dimensions
(HxLxW)
Fan
Diameter
CFM
Square Footage Recommended
Water Use (Max GPH)
Actual
Watts

Recommended
PV Watts*

1424XP
24
19.5x21x24
14″
1200
300-500
3.5
42
60-80
1824HP
24
24.5x23x23
18″
2200
500-750
7.3
70
85-130
2024HP
24
26×21.5×25
20″
2500
500-750
7.3
70
85-130
2424HP
24
35.5x22x36
24″
4600
750-1000
13.3
85
110-180
4224XP
24
55x42x60
42″
9000
1800-2250
30.0
200-400
450-600

Solar Chill Humidity Vs Ambient Temperature

The following covers Ai Dome Energy Efficiency FAQS.

EXTERIOR Schoonover

American Ingenuity 40′ dome linked to 30′ garage dome

Q: Where can I view on your web site, the energy bills for your Florida Dome Offices and for a Florida Dome Home?

A: To view the FP&L utility bills showing the Ai 3,700 sq.ft. dome offices can be cooled for less than $85 a month during Florida’s hottest months, view Office Electric Bills. To view the FP&L utility bills showing a Florida 1,075 sq.ft. 34ft in diameter dome can be cooled for less than $27 a month during Florida’s hottest months, view Home Energy Bills.  Heating Ai domes is even easier than cooling because when heating, the heat generated by computers, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes dryers, etc.  is used and does not need to be overcome as is needed when cooling a structure.

Q: Tell me about an American Ingenuity dome beating a home sponsored by the utility company, Florida Power & Light, to win the award for Most Energy Efficient Residential Unit in the southeastern United States.

A: Florida Power & Light is a nuclear powered utility company in Florida. FP&L sponsored the design of a passive solar home and entered it in a contest held by the Southeast Builder’s Conference, a division of the National Home Builders Association.  An American Ingenuity dome was entered into the same contest.  The Ai dome beat the FP&L home to win the award for the Most Energy Efficient Residence in the southeastern United States. The Home also won the Grand Award for all energy efficient categories…beating out the FP&L home in a second category.

Q: What Energy Star rating has the American Ingenuity dome received?

A: A 5+ Energy Star rating, the highest rating given, Energy Star is a joint program between the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy that is designed to promote products, buildings and homes that use less energy without sacrificing quality.

American Ingenuity has received in the past the Energy Star endorsement for our dome homes, making us the first among Geodesic Domes. Our domes not only qualified but we far exceeded their efficiency standards that are derived from the Model Energy Code.

In an American Ingenuity dome, you can receive a 5+ Star rating, the highest rating given. When financing, this rating will entitle you to the maximum benefits like reduced fees and lower interest rates. The Energy Star Rating cannot be given on a building kit…only on a finished dome. Therefore, once you build your dome you can apply for the Energy Star Rating. Energy Star’s web site ishttp://www.energystar.gov

The Energy Star label can only be placed on completed houses. The label cannot go on a Building Kit. Some of American Ingenuity’s clients have had their completed dome homes rated and received the Energy Star label. To find out how your dome home can receive an Energy Star Label, call the EPA Energy Star hot line 1-888-782-7937 and ask for a company in your area that can rate your home.

Klaus Kolb’s South Carolina Ai concrete dome house earned EPA’s Energy Star.  Home Energy Partners certified his home used 61% less energy than in comparably-size housing.  To view pictures of his dome home, click on Earned Energy Star.  He installed a geothermal cooling & heating system. To view pictures & info about his geothermal system, click on System.  Klaus’s 2003 total monthly average energy bill was $49. This includes the electricity and propane costs for his entire 1,600 sq.ft. – 40 ft. dome.

Q: What do I need to consider when searching for an ENERGY EFFICIENT house?
A:
To best answer that question let us examine how most of the heating and air conditioning is lost in a house. The major loss is usually through the walls and ceiling with the amount of loss directly proportional to the combined area. Solution, minimize the surface area of the house. Domes have about 20% to 40% less surface area than an equal size conventional house. This results in an equal and significant improvement in the efficiency.

The insulation value of the walls and ceilings are important but you cannot just compare R-values. R-values provided for conventional houses represent optimum conditions. They do not take into consideration that the insulation is interrupted by the framing, has voids, settles and absorbs moisture. In our domes, the E.P.S. insulation is continuous, rigid and it will not settle or absorb moisture. R-28 E.P.S. insulation in our dome exceeds the performance of R-45 fiberglass in a conventional house.

Blower tests repeatedly show that wood frame houses loose 10-25% of their heating and AC through the numerous leaks in the walls, attic, electrical outlets, etc. It is very difficult to seal these leaks due to their volume and inaccessibility. American Ingenuity domes are sealed airtight on the outside of the insulation; therefore, eliminating the energy absorbing leaks.

The insulation on Heating and AC ducts is usually only R-6 to R-8. In addition, when the fan is running, the air in the ducts is under pressure and thus the ducts are more inclined to leak. Ducts in the attic, or anywhere outside the insulation envelope, account for sizable energy loss. In American Ingenuity domes all of the ducts are inside the insulation; therefore, there is zero loss in the ducts even if they leak.

If you add up the potential energy savings of American Ingenuity dome living, you will understand why our dome owners often claim savings in excess of 50% to 60%.

To learn more about heating and cooling an American Ingenuity Dome view Energy.

Q: How does your insulation R-value compare to other wall R-values?
A:
The following are comprehensive wall values based on the average value of the complete wall. For example the comprehensive R-value:

  • 2×4 solid wood with 3 1/2″ fiberglass is about R-8
  • Concrete Block, with 3/4″ air, 3/4″ Celotex is about R-9
  • 2×6 Solid wood construction with 5 1/2″ fiberglass is about R-11
  • 2×4 solid wood with 3″ urethane is about R-13
  • While the wall value of Ai’s 7″ thick E.P.S. insulation is R-28 and Ai’s’s 9″thick E.P.S. insulation is R-36.
  • To view data about the modified expanded polystyrene insulation utilized by Ai, click on Panel Composition

Q: How do I remove water vapor from cooking, showering, laundry, etc.?
A:
When the air conditioner or furnace is operating, some water vapor is removed by condensation at the evaporator coil.  Water vapor can be controlled by installing an exhaust fan in top center of the dome, exhaust fans in the bathrooms, at the stove, microwave and clothes dryer. Also if your dome is in a cold climate install a Heat Recovery Ventilator.   To learn more view Heat Recovery Ventilator.

Q: Does thermal mass affect energy efficiency?
A:
No. Generally speaking, in a home, thermal mass is the amount of stuff inside the house that retains heat. Although thermal mass accounts for the fact that some things have a greater “thermal capacity” to store heat than others, to understand its effect you can think of it as the total weight of everything contained in the house.

With more thermal mass (heavy stuff) inside your house more heat will have to be added or removed to change the temperature. Expressed another way, if heat is not being added the temperature will be slower to change.

Does Thermal Mass effect the energy efficiency of the house? No.

As heat in the house is lost through walls, windows, etc. the temperature drops. The thermal mass releases (loans) heat into the house slowing down the temperature change. When the heating system turns on, it must replace heat lost to the outside and it must  replace (pay back) that heat given off by the thermal mass. There is no long-term gain or loss, all of the heat given off by the thermal mass must be replaced. The amount of heat required to maintain the temperature inside a house is solely dependent on the amount of heat that escapes to the outside.

All houses have walls, floors and usually fixtures, appliances and stuff that will retain heat. A large amount of thermal mass can cause long on/off cycles of the heating system when shorter cycles would stir the air more frequently providing more comfort and uniform temperatures inside. The recent generation of thermostats are a proven money saver by lowering the inside temperature (which lowers the heat loss to the outside) during those hours you are away at work, etc. A large thermal mass makes it much harder to change the temperature; therefore, reducing the savings.

During the summer while using AC (substitute cold for heat) the effect remains the same.

Q: Can I use alternative power sources with my American Ingenuity dome?
A:
Yes. By providing your own Alternative Power, you can live in a remote location (less expensive land) and still have all the amenities of a developed area. However be aware the cost of these alternative power sources could be $20,000 to $70,000.  The alternative power systems typically consist of a power source, storage device and conversion systems. Most systems use photovoltaic cells but is some cases gasoline or diesel engine generators or wind or water driven generators are practical. The storage device is usually large batteries. The conversion system allows you to have 110 volts AC and use conventional appliances. The technology is very refined and the systems are top notch.

The cost of the system will depend directly on the amount of power that you will need. By first investing in an energy efficient house, you will reduce your power demand and save money. If you are considering an American Ingenuity dome home, you couldn’t make a better choice and you will be doing your part to conserve power and lower greenhouse emissions.

If you are also connected to the local power grid, you will not need batteries for backup and in most cases you get paid for putting power back into the system.

If the cost of the system is included in the home financing it can be paid off with a little higher monthly mortgage payment. Not having an electric bill may even it out.

Utilizing an alternate power source does have a few drawbacks: COST: while systems are getting more affordable, they are still expensive. It is still less expensive to buy power from mass-produced power companies unless you are far from the power lines. MAINTENANCE and RELIABILITY: Most systems are very reliable but occasionally they need attention. Several of our dome owners have alternative power systems and are very satisfied with the results.

To view pictures and info on a 40′ dome in Pennsylvania which has a GeoThermal WaterFurnace Synergy 3D heating/cooling system, click on Charles Dome.   To info on a South Carolina 40′ dome utilizing geothermal, click on Kolb Dome.  To view pictures of Kolb Dome, click on South Carolina.

Jim Collar’s Utah Ai concrete dome buildings at 7,500 ft elevation operate off the grid by using photovoltaic’s, masonry heater fireplace and passive solar water tubes. To learn more, click on  Off The Grid.   If you are considering an alternative power system in your dome the magazine Home Power offers many solutions. 

 

45' dome with 30' dome in Utah snow.

45′ dome with 30′ dome in Utah at 7,500 ft/ elevation – off the grid. On right are photovotaics

SOLAR HOT WATER PANELS:

Helpful web sites are:

Solar Panels: Solar Hot Water panels can be designed to set on top of the entryways or link. Anchors are buried into the entryway concrete on site. Grooves are cut in the EPS insulation to lay the pipes in and the water pipe(s) are inserted through the entryway EPS before the entryway is concreted. I have a solar hot water panel mounted on my dome link. It sits on the link and lies against the side of the dome. To hide the ends of the solar panel, we filled in the ends with foam and stuccoed over the foam so it matches the dome. View Solar Panels to learn more.

Q: Would you give me more information about solar hot water heaters and photovoltaic panels?
A:
An article in Mother Earth News reported that since 1970, the demand for electricity has outpaced the World’s population growth by more than 20 percent. They continue and explain how we are ignoring the warning signs, that Builders are still constructing poorly efficient housing and others are overlooking the importance of renewable/alternate energy sources.

The first and most important step is to limit or reduce the energy loss in the home. An investment in good, uninterrupted, insulation and a design that does not leak the conditioned air to the outside has the best return. The savings is not only in the reduced energy loss but, also in the reduced cost of a smaller heating and air conditioning system. The next step is to replace some of the energy, which is consumed. A solar water heater has proved to have quick payback in most parts of the country. In fact, sometimes they can be financed and save more money in reduced electric bills than the cost of payments. When they are paid off it becomes pure savings. Photovoltaic cells have continued to improve in efficiency and cost.

The Mathes’ dome (34′ dome home with 30′ garage dome) in Florida utilizes a solar water heater and photovoltaic panels to power their lights and refrigerator. Although, their A/C, washer, well pump and TV are still connected to the meter, their total electric bill was less than $150.00 for the year. The owner/builder states, “This has been a wonderful experience that I would not trade for ANYTHING!”   View Photovoltaic to learn more.

ss2American Ingenuity 34′ dome. Solar Hot water Panel installed on top of standard entryway.

Q: How did the American Ingenuity dome perform in the energy efficiency tests at the Florida Solar Energy Center?
A:
Superbly. Test findings were released after a yearlong study prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Florida Solar Energy Center, a governmental consumer agency, in cooperation with the University of Oregon and the University of Central Florida. This study compared an American Ingenuity dome with an energy efficient, conventionally built structure and a super-efficient Styrofoam house designed by Dow Chemical. It came as no surprise to us that our test dome far surpassed both the conventional and Dow test houses in being THE MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT.

Although the test was conducted in a temperate locale without summer and winter temperature extremes, the American Ingenuity dome outperformed the other structures. In the summer, the energy savings for the dome exceeded 36% and during the winter, the energy savings exceeded 42%. In areas of severe cold and heat, savings would be expected to be considerably higher.

Also, the blower door test showed the dome to be 56% tighter than the conventional test structure and 29% tighter than the Dow house. In tests using infrared, thermal irregularities in the dome were shown to be insignificant.

The Florida Solar Energy Center can be reached at 321-638-1000 or write them at 1679 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922.

Q: Which heating and air-conditioning system is the most practical and efficient for my location?
A:
Keep in mind that because of the superb energy efficiency of the dome the required size of your air conditioning and heating system is reduced to half that of a typical home. It is usually not economical to purchase super-efficient systems because the energy savings is also reduced. The smaller sized domes can be cooled with a window air conditioner. The best heating system will vary with the area and the type of fuel that is readily available. A ventilated wood stove may provide all the needed heat for even our larger domes located to cold climates. A ground water (or water-to-air) heat pump is very efficient for both heat and cool. It uses the constant, moderate temperature of the underground earth to absorb or provide the heat instead of outside air. Besides, being more efficient than an air-to-air unit, it can efficiently produce heat when the outside temperature is below freezing.

Q: Can a radiant in floor heating system be installed in my dome?
A:
Yes. Check your yellow pages or Google local Radiant Floor Heating Subcontractors.

View Radiant Floor Heating to learn more.

Charles exterior

American Ingenuity Dome utilizing radiant floor heating.

Q: Why are your dome homes so energy efficient?
A:
You can save 50-70% on heating and air-conditioning costs with your American Ingenuity dome over a conventionally built home. Some of the reasons for this superb energy efficiency are:

  • Super insulation that does not degrade with time, moisture, or compaction.
  • Spherical shape means reduced exposed surface.
  • Airtight exterior virtually eliminates energy leakage.
  • Solid thermal envelope.
  • Uniform R-value, the insulation is not interrupted with structural members (e.g. 2X4’s roof trusses). The only breaks are the framed exterior walls under entryway and dormer panels that contain your locally purchase exterior doors and windows.
  • Downsized heating and cooling equipment.

Your kit comes with R-28 E.P.S. insulation or if you choose, thicker R-36 E.P.S. insulation is available.

 

Kolb dome prius 3

American Ingenuity Dome Owners care about our environment. 

The Build Energy Efficient Homes & Tend to Drive Fuel Saving Vehicles.

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Kolb 40′ Dome Home Linked to 27′ (two car garage dome) – earned Energy Star

Q: What Energy Star rating has the American Ingenuity dome received?

A: A 5+ Energy Star rating, the highest rating given. Energy Star is a joint program between the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy that is designed to promote products, buildings and homes that use less energy without sacrificing quality.  The Kolb Dome Home earned the Energy Star Rating.

In the past American Ingenuity has received the Energy Star endorsement for our completely constructed dome homes. Ai domes not only qualified but far exceeded their efficiency standards that are derived from the Model Energy Code. In an American Ingenuity dome you can receive a 5+ Star rating, the highest rating given. When financing this rating will entitle you to the maximum benefits, like reduced fees and lower interest rates.

The Energy Star Program will not give a rating on a Building Kit. The rating is for a newly finished home. Since American Ingenuity manufactures dome building kits and rarely constructs finished domes, we no longer have an Energy Star rating.

However our clients can participate in this program. Energy Star’s web site is http://www.energystar.gov

Q: What do I need to consider when searching an ENERGY EFFICIENT house?

A: To best answer that question let’s examine how most of the heating and air conditioning is lost in a house. The major loss is usually through the walls and ceiling with the amount of loss directly proportional to the combined area. Solution, minimize the surface area of the house. Domes have about 20% to 40% less surface area than an equal size conventional house. This results in an equal and significant improvement in the efficiency.

The insulation value of the walls and ceilings are important but you cannot just compare R-values. R-values provided for conventional houses represent optimum conditions. They do not take into consideration that the insulation is interrupted by the framing, has voids, settles and absorbs moisture. In our domes the E.P.S. insulation is continuous, rigid and it will not settle or absorb moisture. R-28 E.P.S. insulation in our dome exceeds the performance of R-45 fiberglass in a conventional house.

Blower tests repeatedly show that wood frame houses loose 10-25% of their heating and AC through the numerous leaks in the walls, attic, electrical outlets, etc. It is very difficult to seal these leaks due to their volume and inaccessibility. American Ingenuity domes are sealed airtight on the outside of the insulation; therefore, eliminating the energy absorbing leaks.

The insulation on Heating and AC ducts is usually only R-6 to R-8. In addition when the fan is running, the air in the ducts is under pressure and thus the ducts are more inclined to leak. Ducts in the attic, or anywhere outside the insulation envelope, account for sizable energy loss. In American Ingenuity domes all of the ducts are inside the insulation; therefore, there is zero loss in the ducts even if they leak and are not insulated at all.

If you add up the potential energy savings of American Ingenuity dome living, you will understand why our dome owners often claim savings in excess of 50%.

Q: How does your insulation R-value compare to other wall R-values?
A:
The following are comprehensive wall values based on the average value of the complete wall. For example the comprehensive R-value:

  • 2×4 solid wood with 3 1/2″ fiberglass is about R-8
  • Concrete Block, with 3/4″ air, 3/4″ Celotex is about R-9
  • 2×6 Solid wood construction with 5 1/2″ fiberglass is about R-11
  • 2×4 solid wood with 3″ urethane is about R-13
  • The wall value of our standard 7″ thick E.P.S. insulation is R-28 which is comparable to 11″ of fiberglass batting

Q: Should I be concerned about moisture and dampness?
A: Yes
. Moisture is added inside a house as a result of washing, cooking, laundry, showers, etc. an Exhaust Fan is installed in the top center of the dome along with exhaust fans in each bathroom, for stove, microwave and clothes dryer. To bring fresh air into the house, research either a heat recovery ventilator or an energy recovery ventilator.  Click on Heat Recovery Ventilator to learn more.

Q: Does thermal mass effect energy efficiency?
A:
No. Generally speaking, in a home, thermal mass is the amount of stuff inside the house that retains heat. Although thermal mass accounts for the fact that some things have a greater “thermal capacity” to store heat than others, to understand its effect you can think of it as the total weight of everything contained in the house.

With more thermal mass (heavy stuff) inside your house more heat will have to be added or removed to change the temperature. Expressed another way, if heat is not being added the temperature will be slower to change.

Does Thermal Mass effect the energy efficiency of the house? No.

As heat in the house is lost through walls, windows, etc. the temperature drops. The thermal mass releases (loans) heat into the house slowing down the temperature change. When the heating system turns on, it must replace heat lost to the outside and it must also replace (pay back) that heat given off by the thermal mass. There is no long term gain or loss, all of the heat given off by the thermal mass must be replaced. The amount of heat required to maintain the temperature inside a house is solely dependent on the amount of heat that escapes to the outside.

All houses have walls, floors and usually fixtures, appliances and stuff that will retain heat. A large amount of thermal mass can cause long on/off cycles of the heating system when shorter cycles would stir the air more frequently providing more comfort and uniform temperatures inside. The recent generation of thermostats are a proven money saver by lowering the inside temperature (which lowers the heat loss to the outside) during those hours you are away at work, etc. A large thermal mass makes it much harder to change the temperature; therefore, reducing the savings.

During the summer while using AC (substitute cold for heat) the effect remains the same.

Q: I see that American Ingenuity is no longer manufacturing skylight panels. What lighting methods do you recommend?

A: Over the years American Ingenuity has accumulated information about the skylights and has determined that skylights are not the best method to bring light into our dome structures. Rather than offer an option that we feel is not beneficial, American Ingenuity has decided to remove this item as an option on our dome kits.

The most efficient way to add interior light is to install first floor entryways and max out second floor window dormers and or install second floor door dormers. Instead of installing a door install a tall window. This way when double paned glass gets moisture between it, you or your handyman can remove the window and tarp the dormer so no rain will come in while the window is being repaired. The dormers also provide an awning to protect the window. If you purchase windows that can be opened (with a pole or electrically for inaccessible windows); this would be an additional way to get fresh air into the dome.

There are five specific locations on the second floor where window dormers or door dormers can be installed. If selecting an existing plan, Ai can let you know where additional dormers can be installed. Or on a new custom plans design you can see where they can be located on the floor planner.

If your master suite is on the first floor and an entryway is designed in the suite, there will be ample light coming in through windows installed in the entryway. Once your dome kit is assembled (but not finished), you can better determine if more light is desired by standing inside the unfinished dome. At this point install solar tubes; they can be added into the panels during the finishing of your shell. A hole can be cut into any panel; just do not cut within 8” of the center of a seam.

Solar tubes unlike traditional skylights, are designed to control the problematic aspects of sunlight. They reduce glare and inconsistent light patterns. They also screen infrared rays that can overheat interiors as well as ultraviolet rays that can fade furniture and fabrics.

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American Ingenuity Dome utilizing photovoltaics

Q: Can I use alternative power sources with my American Ingenuity dome?
A:
Yes. By providing your own Alternative Power you can live in a remote location (less expensive land) and still have all the amenities of a developed area. The alternative power systems typically consist of a power source, storage device and conversion systems. Most systems use photovoltaic cells but is some cases gasoline or diesel engine generators or wind or water driven generators are practical. The storage device is usually large batteries. The conversion system allows you to have 110 volts AC and use conventional appliances. The technology is very refined and the systems are top notch.

The cost of the system will depend directly on the amount of power that you will need. By first investing in an energy efficient house you will reduce your power demand and save money. If you are considering an American Ingenuity dome home you couldn’t make a better choice and you will be doing your part to conserve power and lower green house emissions.

If you are also connected to the local power grid, you will not need batteries for backup and in most cases you get paid for putting power back into the system.

If the cost of the system is included in the home financing it can be paid off with a little higher monthly mortgage payment. Not having an electric bill may even it out.

Utilizing an alternate power source does have a few drawbacks: COST: while systems are getting more affordable they are still expensive. It is still less expensive to buy power from mass produced power companies unless you are far from the power lines. MAINTENANCE and RELIABILITY: Most systems are very reliable but occasionally they need attention. Several of our dome owners have alternative power systems and are very satisfied with the results.

Click on the following to learn more:

If you are considering an alternative power system in your dome the magazine Home Power offers many solutions. They can be reached at their email address hp@homepower.com or at their web site http://www.homepower.com

PHOTOVOLTAIC EXPERTS & SOLAR HOT WATER PANELS:

Solar Panels: Solar Hot Water panels can be designed to set on top of the entryways or link. Anchors are buried into the entryway concrete on site. Grooves are cut in the E.P.S. insulation to lay the water pipes in and the pipes are inserted through the entryway E.P.S. before the entryway is concreted.

Other helpful web sites are:

Q: Would you give me more information about solar hot water heaters and photovoltaic panels?
A:
An article in Mother Earth News reported that since 1970, the demand for electricity has outpaced the World’s population growth by more than 20 percent. They continue and explain how we are ignoring the warning signs, that Builders are still constructing poorly efficient housing and others are overlooking the importance of renewable/alternate energy sources.

The first and most important step is to limit or reduce the energy loss in the home. An investment in good, uninterrupted, insulation and a design that does not leak the conditioned air to the outside has the best return. The savings is not only in the reduced energy loss but, also in the reduced cost of a smaller heating and air conditioning system. The next step is to replace some of the energy which is consumed. A solar water heater has proved to have quick payback in most parts of the country. In fact, sometimes they can be financed and save more money in reduced electric bills than the cost of payments. When they are paid off it becomes pure savings. Photovoltaic cells have continued to improve in efficiency and cost.

The Mathes’ dome (34′ dome home with 30′ garage dome) in Florida utilizes a solar water heater and photovoltaic panels to power their lights and refrigerator. Although, their A/C, washer, well pump and TV are still connected to the meter, their total electric bill was less than $150.00 for the year. The owner/builder also states, “This has been a wonderful experience that I would not trade for ANYTHING!”

Q: How did the American Ingenuity dome perform in the energy efficiency tests at the Florida Solar Energy Center?
A:
Superbly. Test findings were released after a yearlong study prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Florida Solar Energy Center, a governmental consumer agency, in cooperation with the University of Oregon and the University of Central Florida. This study compared an American Ingenuity dome with an energy efficient, conventionally built structure and a super efficient styrofoam house designed by Dow Chemical. It came as no surprise to us that our test dome far surpassed both the conventional and Dow test houses in being THE MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT.

Although the test was conducted in a temperate locale without summer and winter temperature extremes, the American Ingenuity dome outperformed the other structures. In the summer, the energy savings for the dome exceeded 36% and during the winter, the energy savings exceeded 42%. In areas of severe cold and heat, savings would be expected to be considerably higher.

Also, the blower door test showed the dome to be 56% tighter than the conventional test structure and 29% tighter than the Dow house. In tests using infrared, thermal irregularities in the dome were shown to be insignificant.

Click on Energy Test to learn more.

You can call the Florida Solar Energy Center at 321-638-1000 or write them at 1679 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922.

Q: Which heating and air-conditioning system is the most practical and efficient for my location?
A:
Keep in mind that because of the superb energy efficiency of the American Ingenuity dome:

  • The required size of your air conditioning and heating system is reduced to half that of a typical home.
  • It is usually not economical to purchase super efficient systems because the energy savings is also reduced.
  • The smaller sized domes can be cooled with a window air conditioner.
  • The best heating system will vary with the area and the type of fuel that is readily available.
  • A ventilated wood stove may provide all the needed heat for even our larger domes located to cold climates.
  • A ground water (or water-to-air) heat pump is very efficient for both heat and cool. It uses the constant, moderate temperature of the underground earth to absorb or provide the heat instead of outside air. Besides, being more efficient than an air-to-air unit, it can efficiently produce heat when the outside temperature is below freezing.

Q: Can a radiant in floor heating system be installed in my dome?
A:
Yes.  Please check your yellow pages for local companies.

Click on Radiant Floor Heating to see Ai dome with radiant floor heating installed.

Q: Why are American Ingenuity dome homes so energy efficient?
A:
You can save 50-70% on heating and air-conditioning costs with your American Ingenuity dome over a conventionally built home. Some of the reasons for this superb energy efficiency are:

  • Super insulation that does not degrade with time, moisture, or compaction.
  • Spherical shape means reduced exposed surface.
  • Airtight exterior virtually eliminates energy leakage.
  • Solid thermal envelope.
  • Uniform R-value. The insulation is not interrupted with structural members (e.g. 2X4’s roof trusses). The only breaks are for doors and windows.
  • Downsized heating and cooling equipment.

Your kit comes with lifetime R-28 E.P.S. insulation (22′ with R-14).

To learn more click on Ai Dome Energy Efficiency.

To learn more about the E.P.S. insulation click on E.P.S.

Viewing American Ingenuity’s Office Domes

This is a duplicate navigation button.  Please click on this link Visit Office Domes to view directions to Ai’s offices and info.

45' dome front entrance in spring.

45′ dome on full basement sold in Missouri.  Front entrance in spring.

American Ingenuity dome owners lover their domes, with very few domes ever going on the resale market.  As a result there is no resale value on the Ai dome.  However if our clients ever think they might sell their dome, Ai recommends they build at least a 40′ (3 bedroom, two bathroom size). Plus the resale value of a dome or any other home, is improved when it;

  • matches the neighborhood in size and value
  • exhibits quality construction
  • is landscaped well
  • energy efficiency and strength factors are advertised

When Glenda has an open house quite often she has someone who wants to buy her domes. Why we think this occurs so often is that once the dome is built the buyer can see it, touch it, feel it and look at the low energy bills. The perspective buyer does not have to select a floor plan, buy land, obtain a building permit, obtain construction financing & permanent financing, install a foundation, find and coordinate subcontractors, etc. To put it bluntly they do not have to go through all the construction phases to get a house built.

Until recently there has been little information available regarding the resale value of the American Ingenuity domes. No one wanted to sell.

In the summer of 2005, an Ai dome owner was moving out of state so he had to reluctantly sell his special dome. His 40’ geodesic dome home linked to a 27’ two car garage was sold in Upstate South Carolina, near the intersection of I-85 and I-26, within a 30 mile radius of the metropolitan Greenville/Spartanburg, SC area.

The dome had 1,382 sq.ft. of living space, while the garage and attic added 680 sq.ft of space. The sale netted $189,000, not including the value of the land.

Applying the local construction cost for typical, new residential dwellings and for garage structures, a new conventional residence with the same square footage would have cost $167,000 to build.  The dome sold for approximately 13 percent above the current conventional residential construction costs yet it was 5 years old. In addition, the dome sold in four months and there were other potential buyers disappointed that they arrived too late.

Because of no resale values, lenders require 25% to 35% cash down payment based on the finished price of the house.  Therefore before purchasing building plans, determine your budget and talk to lenders about financing down payments. Best to build the smallest size home possible because construction costs usually exceed expectations. Please click on18 page  Financing Booklet to view ins & outs of financing.

The following came from our Buying Land document. Please contact us to receive the entire document plus our Dome Too Large document prior to purchasing property or determining your dome size.

American Ingenuity (Ai) is happy that you are considering our Geodesic Dome Building Kit for your future home. You have made a big decision to build your dream home, and building with an alternative housing structure that comes with 225 mph wind and F4 tornado warranty that saves 50% to 60% on heating and cooling over conventional house is a smart decision.   Below is info on determining budget, financing and buying land document which can be emailed.

Please click on Planning Process to view planning steps.

DETERMINING NEW HOME BUDGET: Prior to purchasing your land or if you own property, first determine the overall budget you can afford for your new home, land and land development. It is sometimes best to purchase a small piece of affordable land instead of large acreage. This way you keep your land cost down so you have more cash money available for your mortgage cash down payment or more cash to build if you are an owner/builder. To keep your construction costs down, best to build as small a dome as possible; therefore you are on your property living in a super-strong, super-energy efficient dome home saving money on your heating & cooling costs to add on a second dome later. For example a 40’ dome (3 bedroom, two bath) can have 1,800 sq.ft. A 36’ dome (2 or 3 bedroom, two bath) can have 1,400 to 1,600 sq.ft. If your finished cost per square foot for your area is $105, then building the smaller 36’ dome automatically saves you $20,000 to $40,000 in construction costs. A 27’ dome (two bedroom/two bath) can have 800 sq.ft. Building a 27’ dome vs a 36’ dome automatically saves you $60,000 to $80,000 in construction costs. For an approximate cost to build in the area you are considering please contact Ai at 321-639-8777.

FINANCING GENERAL CASH DOWN PAYMENT AMOUNTS: If you will be financing, determine the amount of cash down payment needed. Loans for alternative housing such as a geodesic dome are often harder to come by, and lenders generally require between 25% and 35% cash down. On an approximate $200,000 build for the structure and land development, this could mean a cash down payment of between $50,000 and $70,000. Keep in mind lenders may or may not take under consideration your equity in your land, when lending for the structure and land development. Therefore, if needing a loan to build it is wise not to invest all your liquid assets into the purchase of the property because a large cash down payment will be required on the home loan. Feel free to call us at 321-639-8777 for a friendly chat to clarify these items.

American Ingenuity tries to look out after each perspective client to assure that they are not “blindsided” or shocked about some property issue that could stop them from building their dream dome. The following is a web site that can be used to locate property by state and region without using a real estate agent: http://www.landwatch.com/Land_For_Sale

If building site already owned, initially use the buying land doc to determine what will be needed to build on your property. If purchasing land, American Ingenuity highly recommends that prior to purchasing property obtain answers to the questions in the buying land document.  Call and have us email the buying land doc and checklist.  321-639-8777 Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.

 

 Fannie Mae Guidelines for

Estimating Market Value of Non-Traditional Housing

The following information came directly from the FANNIE MAE SELLING GUIDE: SECTION 404.01 – CONFORMITY TO NEIGHBORHOOD

In the appraisal and underwriting process, special consideration must be given to properties that represent special or unique housing for the subject neighborhood. Non-traditional types of housing-such as earth houses, geodesic domes, log houses, etc.-are eligible for delivery to us, provided the appraiser has adequate information to develop a reliable estimate of market value.

It is not necessary for one or more of the comparable sales to be of the same design and appeal as the property that is being appraised (although appraisal accuracy is enhanced by using comparable sales that are the most similar to the subject property). On a case-by-case basis, both the appraiser and the underwriter must independently determine whether there is sufficient information available to develop a reliable estimate of market value.

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

This web site file contains YouTube Videos & Free Info on the American Ingenuity concrete dome homes.  Click on Dome Overview to view a video of Glenda explaining the American Ingenuity dome. To view an interview with an Ai Dome Owner, click on CNBC Video.  To view a small color flyer, click on flyer

To view DVD at no cost, click on DVD.  To view examples of American Ingenuity’s stock plans for each of the ten dome kit sizes we manufacture, please view Geodesic dome floor plans. Please scroll down the page to view the plan hyperlinks to click on.

To view our web site article which has a chart summarizing items which can be purchased from Ai, click on Chart.  In that article we list the sale price of the stock plans and sale pricing for the building kits for each stock plan.  This plan and building kit sale pricing does not include any unadvertised specials.  Please scroll down the page to find the Chart and then click on Continued to go to a second page which describes the contents of the building plans, engineering services, finished cost per sq.ft., temporary wooden support system, etc.

 The following are Three YouTube Videos of American Ingenuity Domes:

   Exterior & interior of two dome complex for sale in Albuquerque New Mexico.

 


(Dome in New York)


(Dome in Oregon)

 

To view video with pictures, please click on video.

To view photo galleries of domes being assembled, view Dome Kit Assembly and Construction Overview.  To view gorgeous photos of dome interiors, click on 40′ dome   NC Dome,  California DomeTo view other dome photos, on the left hand side of our Home Page look for menu item named Pictures.  Below it are 14 sub menu items to click on to view various dome photos. 

FREE INFO

To view DVD at no cost, click on DVD. 

To view examples of American Ingenuity’s stock plans for each size dome, please click on Geodesic dome floor plans. Please scroll down the page to view the hyperlinks to click on.

Because of spam filters good emails, do not get through. If you email us and do not receive a reply, please call us to see if we received your email.  Please put our email addresses in your contact list so you can receive our replies.  Our email addresses are GlendaB.Aidomes@gmail.com and DawnM.Aidomes@gmail.com   If you email and do not receive a reply please call and we will resend the email.

Prior to Purchasing Property

At No Cost To You Ai Will Call Your Building Department

To Assure the Dome Kit Can Be Built & What Is Required To Obtain a Building Permit

Prior to purchasing property, call Ai and ask for our Buying Land document that lists items to check before land purchase. If you own your property the document is an excellent checklist for what items need to be accomplished prior to home construction.

If you own your property or have narrowed your property searches down to one parcel, please provide Ai the property address or tax ID number and the name and telephone number of the building department and Ai will call the plans examiner and show him or her our web site, email drop box invitation containing set of generic dome plans, engineering statement and example of structural wind/snow/seismic calculations.

Ai will confirm the building department will accept American Ingenuity’s prefabricated panel as is, and what additional paperwork (other than Building Plans) and requirements are needed for a permit to be issued (i.e. engineer seal, energy report). Each state, county and city building departments have specific requirements and requests. Ai will recap the conversation with the building department, listing person’s name, etc and email to you…all at no cost to you and with no obligation to purchase building plans or a building kit.

 

To view the 12 page Color Brochure, please Click Here for Brochure.

The Brochure is a large file, you can download here
as .zip file  for later viewing.

Please scroll down this page to view American Ingenuity’s stock geodesic dome home plans by dome size.  These plans show locations for kitchen, dining room, living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.  Prior to deciding on a dome size or specific floor plan, please read Things To Consider, Budget and Loan Approval.  

To view an article which covers why build a geodesic dome for your new home that summarizes the major info about the Aidome building system and component panel, please click on Why Build a Geodesic Dome.

Ai can design any of the dome sizes to be utilized for a commercial or business use.  Please call 321-639-8777 for commercial plan pricing.

If you do not see a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, Ai can design modified or custom dome plans from your sketches and notes at the same discount as our stock plans which is currently a 25% discount. To learn about how to use floor planners and revise the plans, click on  Getting Started, Revising Stock Plans, and Planners.

Below are all the stock plans that Ai has available for the 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′ & 45′ domes. Ai’s CAD department is in the process of revising other 48′ plans that are not shown below. Any of American Ingenuity’s dome homes can be designed without an attic/loft. The 15, 18′, 22′ and 40′ dome sizes have floor plans showing only one story; however any of the dome sizes can be designed without a second floor.  Or all of the second floor can be installed with no high vaulted ceilings over the first floor – each dome’s design can be customized to your lifestyle. To see how much of the second floor is designed into the stock plan, please refer to the dashed line and note that says Open To Below.  Ai would love to talk with you and answer your questions. Please call us Mon-Fri 9-5 eastern time at 321-639-8777 for a chat.

To assist in the understanding of the dome geometry, below you will find floor planners and elevation views for each size dome showing possible locations for installation of your locally purchased doors and windows. During the plans design, Ai emails elevation views of the entryways and dormers showing max width and height with recommended door and window rough opening sizes.  You decide the size, number and location of windows and doors that will be installed in your dome’s exterior walls.

Your doors and windows are installed under structural awnings called entryways and dormers that extend out from the dome. On the first floor of American Ingenuity’s three frequency dome home kits 30′ thru 48′, five entryways can be designed to contain doors and windows.  Each entryway can contain 2-3 French Doors or large windows or a combination of doors and windows providing ample light and ventilation into your dome house. The second floor of the 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes has five possible locations for a window dormer or door dormer where a single window or single door can be installed.  Solar tubes or other companies skylights can be installed int he prefab panels.

 

 

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Connecticut 40′ Dome Home 

High Vaulted Ceiling over foyer, dining room & living room (not shown)
Within the two standard entryways, the home owner wanted three French Doors in each.

BELOW ARE STOCK DOME PLANS IN PDF FORMAT

Simply click on the plan name to print it out. To view the plan on your screen click on view online.  To view regular pricing and sale pricing on each stock plan and its building kit sale prices, view Stock Plans & Building Kit Sale Prices. Any dome can be designed as a one story home. Any dome can be designed for a business or commercial application. Please call for commercial plan pricing.

American Ingenuity designs the geodesic dome home plans or commercial plans and manufactures ten concrete house 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 and roof. The home owner or their Builder assembles the kit & finishes the interior per the Building Plans. The Prefab Panels includes exterior 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh, core of  seven (7) inch rigid, nontoxic 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 on site fiber concrete averaging 2″ thick. The concrete/steel/eps/drywall contain no food source for mold growth and are noncombustible.

It is Ai’s philosophy that each Buyer pays 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.  

To view the Three Frequency Dome Geometry, American Ingenuity has designed a Mini-Dome which can be printed out.  It shows the pentagon and hexagon geometry and possible locations for entryways and dormers.  To assemble the Mini-Dome print out these two pdfs and follow the directions.  Ai’s three frequency domes are 30’, 34’, 36’, 40’, 45’ & 48’.  (The 15′, 18′, 22′ & 27′ domes are two frequency geometry).  The 60′ dome is four frequency geometry.

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Mini Dome Showing Geometry for Ai’s 30′ – 48′ Geodesic Dome Sizes

How Ai Dome Stock Plans Are Named

American Ingenuity’s Dome Plans are named as follows:   Ai uses Greek words (Omega, Alpha, Delta) and numbers (21, 22, etc) along with the dome diameter to name our plans. For example 27 Alpha 11: the first two digits are the dome diameter in feet, a Greek word and then a number.

When floor plan layouts will not fit on one page, then you will find that plan name twice or three times depending on the number of pages needed for that layout  with FP1 and FP2  and possibly FP3 at the end.   Even though a plan says basement option, you do not need to purchase the basement plans unless your dome will be built on a basement.  For Foundation Summary click on Summary.

Ai can convert its building plans to the metric system for a small fee.

 

To view a Chart Showing Sale Pricing for Each Stock Plan & Its Dome Kit
click on Stock Plans & Kit Sale Prices

American Ingenuity’s Stock Dome Plans

Below are all the stock plans that Ai has available for the 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′ & 45′ domes. Ai’s CAD department is in the process of revising other  48′ plans that are not shown below.   Any of American Ingenuity’s dome homes can be designed without a second floor or the second floor can be completely designed in and a rail chair installed if needed to access the second floor. To see how much of the second floor is designed into the stock plan, please refer to the dashed line and note that says Open To Below.  To view an article that contains plans for one story residence for the 15′, 18′, 22′ and 40′ domes, view One Story.

If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom or a first floor bedroom that is labelled master bedroom, we have added the words bedroom 1st floor or master 1st floor at the end of that plan’s name.

15′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 4.61 Meter Dome

172 sq.ft. After Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

15′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 172 max square feet. (17.04 sqm) The dome kit comes with standard 7″ R28 insulation, standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.  Please check your local building code requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement. In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built is 170 sq.ft. or 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.   And in some areas building code requires a garage. An attic loft can be designed. To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.  Dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall.

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18′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 5.54 Meter Dome

249 sq.ft. After Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

18′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 249 max square feet (25.90 sq.m). The dome kit comes with standard 7″ R28 insulation, standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.Please check your local building code requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement. In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built is 170 sq.ft. or 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.   And in some areas building code requires a garage. An attic loft can be designed. To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.  Dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall.

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22′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 6.77 Meter Dome

First floor of 371 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

22′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath size dome home with only first floor with max square feet of 370 (max. 35.52 sq.m). Please check your local building code requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement. In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built is 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.   And in some areas building code requires a garage. A storage loft can be designed. To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.

27′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 8.30 Meter Dome

Around 800 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

27′ Dome:  two bedroom one bath size dome home for max square feet of 786 (74.85 sqm) on the two floors (555 on the first floor and 231 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 231 second floor square footage in the 27′ dome is the area that is below the 8’4″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

All American Ingenuity domes can be designed without a second floor.  The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built. If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words bedroom 1st floor with that plan name.

 30′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 9.23 Meter Dome

Around 800 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials

30′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath size dome house total 878 square feet on two floors (83.62 sqm).  Bedroom is designed on the first floor. The 30′ domes second floor panels are too small to accept a window dormer.  As a result a bedroom cannot be installed on the second floor because there is no fire egress window. The second floor could be used for storage or office area, craft room, etc.  (665 on the first floor and 213 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 213 second floor square footage in the 30′ dome is the area that is below the 7’4″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

The 30′ dome can be built without a second floor.

 34′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 10.46 Meter Dome

Around 1,100 to 1,200 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired. 

34′ Dome two bedroom two bath size dome house total 1,278 max square feet on the two floors.(121.71 sqm)  Bedroom & bath on first floor and bedroom & bath on the second floor.  (852 on the first floor and 427 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 427 second floor square footage in the 34′ dome is the area that is below the 9’5″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

The 34′ dome can be designed without a second floor.  The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name.

36′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 11.08 Meter Dome

Around 1, 200 to 1,400 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired.

36′ Dome:  Two bedroom two bath size dome house for total max square feet of 1,418 on the two floors (135.05 sqm).  Bedroom & bath on first floor and bedroom & bath on the second floor.  36′ dome can have three bedrooms and two baths – see plans 36′ Alpha 15, 36 Kappa 11, and 36′ Pi 12.  (946 on the first floor and 470 sq.ft. on the second floor).    Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 470 second floor square footage in the 36′ dome is the area that is below the 10’4″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

The 36′ dome can be built without a second floor.  The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name. 

40′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 12.30 Meter Dome

Around 1,600 to 1,800 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired.

40′ Dome:  Three bedroom two bath size dome home for max square feet of 1,845 on two floors (175.71 sqm), Or 1,957 sq.ft. if cupola & lot installed.  First Floor can have one or two bedrooms with bath.  Second floor can have one or two bedrooms depending on how much of the second floor is installed and what size bedroom you desire.  (1,178 on the first floor and 667 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 667 second floor square footage in the 40′ dome is the area that is below the 11’5″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.   If a cupola is installed, a loft of 112 sq.ft. can be built.

The 40′ dome can be built without a second floor.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name.

40′ One Story Dome Linked to 27′ Garage
– 12.30 Meter Dome linked to 8.30 Meter Garage Dome

40′ Dome One Story: two bedroom one and one half bath with two car garage (27′).  The 40′ Dome’s first floor sq.ft. is 1,143 w’ link of 121 sq.ft. for total of 1,264 (120.35 sqm).  In meters the dome first floor is 108.85 sqm.  Link is 11.5 sqm.  Garage is 52.86 sqm.

45′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 13.84 Meter Dome

Around  2,000 to 2,200 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired. 

45′ Dome:  Three or four bedroom 2 1/2 bath size dome home for max square feet of  2,440 on two floors (232.38 sqm)    or max 2,582 sq.ft. if cupola & loft installed.  First floor can have two bedrooms with 1 1/2 baths.  Second floor can have two or three bedrooms with bath depending on how much of the second floor is installed and what size bedroom you desire.  (1,489 on the first floor and 951 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 951 second floor square footage in the 45′ dome is the area that is below the 13’6″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  If a cupola is installed, a loft of 142 sq.ft. can be built.

The above 40′ plans can be enlarged into a custom 45′ dome plan.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name. The 45′ dome can be built without a second floor.

48′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 14.77 Meter Dome

Around  2,300 to 2,500 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired.

48′ Dome:  Four or five bedroom with 2 1/2 bath size dome home for max square feet of  2,830 on two floors (269.52 sqm)    Or 2,992 sq.ft. if cupola and loft installed.  First floor can have two to three bedrooms with 1 1/2 baths.  Second floor can have two to three bedrooms  with bath depending on how much of the second floor is installed and what size bedroom you desire. (1,693 on the first floor and 1,137 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 1,137 second floor square footage in the 48′ dome is the area that is below the 14’9″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.   If a cupola is installed, a loft of 162 sq.ft. can be built.

If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name.  The 48′ dome can be built without a second floor.

60′ Dome – 18.46 Meter Dome – Warehouse Or Garage Structure NOT for a home.

All plans for the 60′ dome warehouse or garage are custom plans.  This large dome can have 2,552 sq.ft. on the first floor.   Email for floor planner and elevation view.

Garage Domes w’ Second Floor Studio Apartments

Garage Dome Stock Floor Plans

To increase light in the dome, max out second floor window and door dormers instead of installing skylight panels. For more info scroll down the page for an explanation why Ai  no longer manufactures skylight panels.  To view chart listing square feet & specs by dome size, click on Specs.  On the second page of this article is a summary of square footage by dome size & other info.

About Riser Height (before the triangle panels are installed, rectangle panels called risers are installed). The standard riser height in the dome kit is four feet.  The following describes when the riser can be five feet tall or when an additional two foot custom riser can be installed above the standard four foot riser to increase first floor ceiling heights in rooms where a second floor is installed.

  1. Due to the small size of the 15′ & 18′ tiny homes, the kit pricing includes standard four foot tall risers and additional two foot risers to cause more first floor height for kitchen and shower placement along exterior walls.
  2. The 22′ & 27′ domes can have a custom five foot tall riser panel instead of the four foot standard riser panel & taller entryway base panels.  This results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have loft or second floor over them of eight feet six inches.
  3. 30, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes can have a taller entryway base panels & custom two foot tall riser panel installed above the standard four foot riser panel. This results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor over them of nine feet six inches to ten feet tall.
  4. Five foot risers for the larger 30 thru 48′ dome sizes do not fit on the semi-truck, as a result a two foot custom riser can be ordered to increase first floor ceiling height when a second floor is built over the first floor.

In first floor areas where there is no second floor built, there are high vaulted ceilings. Dashed lines on the stock plans show which first floor areas are open to the top of the dome producing high vaulted ceilings.

What does max square feet mean on each of the stock plans?  The second floor square footage is calculated to five feet of perimeter height.

What does max square feet mean on the planners and the elevation views? The max. square feet shown on the planners and elevation views means the entire second floor is built with no high vaulted ceiling over any of the first floor area except for an open area over the stairs. The stairs have a two step platform. The second floor of the 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes show five second floor dormers with each dormer adding around 9-10 sq.ft. to the second floor square footage. The second floor square footage is calculated to five feet of perimeter height.

Continued…

Summaries By Dome Diameter