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Concrete Home & Concrete Garage in South Carolina.  Kolb 40ft Dome Home (three bedroom two bath) with 27ft Dome two car garage.

40′ Dome first floor is 1,271 sq.ft.  2nd floor is 370 sq.ft. For total of 1,641
27′ Garage dome has 550 sq.ft. on first floor & 130 sq.ft. in its attic storage area.

This Geodesic Dome Home built from American Ingenuity’s standard dome kits with R28 insulation is super energy efficient with a low environmental impact.  It has been tested by a third party independent testing company (Home Energy Partners) and was subsequently certified as an ENERGY STAR HOME by EPA. The home actually uses 61 percent less energy than a comparably sized home.  He installed a geothermal cooling & heating 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.

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.

To view more info about Energy Star and this dome, click on SC Dome Five Star.

To view info and pics about South Carolina dome’s geo thermal heating and cooling system and water furnace, click on GeoThermal.

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Geothermal in Concrete Home located in Pennsylvania.  This is quote from the 40′ Ai dome owners, Mr. & Mrs. Charles: ““We live in the mountains of PA. The winters up here can be brutal. Our Ai Dome is a 40ft with Link on a 9″ thick livable basement. {Den, Office/Computer room, Kitchenette} The entire interior, to include the mechanical room, is heated and cooled by a GeoThermal, Water furnace, Radiant floor system. Our zone controllers are set on 74 degrees winter and summer. Our sole power source, at present, is the grid. Our costs per month range from $99 to a high of $120. We were amazed that our cost now are less than when we lived in a 14 by 73 ft mobile home while building the Dome. Our decision to build an American Ingenuity Dome home was the best decision we have ever made.”

Below are two items.  The first is a photo gallery containing pics of the dome home.  And at bottom of this page is a  YouTube Video which contains some of the same pictures that are shown in the photo gallery.  Hope you enjoy.

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The following is information provided by Mr. Charles, owner of above 40′ American Ingenuity dome built on a full basement in Pennsylvania.  First floor of dome is 1,286 sq.ft.  Second floor of the dome is 436 sq.ft. for total sq ft in dome of 1,722. The basement square footage is 1,291 making total dome and basement square footage of 3,013.

Our heating/cooling system is a GeoThermal WaterFurnace Synergy 3D and is rated at approx. four ton handling. We have two 500 foot geo loops that are 12 feet underground in a field by the dome.  These fluid circulation loops are piped in and connected to the WaterFurnace and a fluid storage tank. The temperature in the loops stays at around 65 to 69 degrees. The system then calculates, by means of a Hydro Zone controller (mini computer), how many degrees more the fluid needs to be heated to keep the Dome at the temperatures set on each zone thermostat. We have three zones. Main floor zone set at 74, basement zone set at 72 and master bedroom/bathroom zone set at 73 year round. Loft area has no tubing but is never off more than four degrees from the main floor.

The Hydro Zone controller monitors interior and exterior temperature.  It then calculates a tank set point. This set point varies based on exterior temperature and zone thermostat settings. The system then heats the fluid in the tank to that set point and circulates it through the radiant floor tubing. The tubing in the basement is in the concrete floor. the tubing on the main floor was laid down on top of the sub floor. then 3/4″ plywood was form cut to fit between the tubing. A 1/4 inch “luan” surface was installed on top of the tubing and plywood then flooring was installed. Walking on warm floors is absolutely great.

Our power bills this past winter (2013) ranged from $200 to $278 per month.  As cold as it was (many days below zero) and the Dome being totally electric, we are happy with our Dome Home. Many people in this area were over $500 in total energy bills (Electric, propane, coal, fuel oil or combinations)

The Geo Thermal Water Furnace is reset in the summer to operate as a central air system through normal duct work in the Dome. In the summer our monthly power bills range from $99 to $120. the Dome is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer by the same system.

The completed system cost was approx. $27.000. In calculating per year cost against other types of systems this system will pay for itself in energy savings in 8 to 10 years.

Some time ago we had a bad storm and a big tree fell and broke the power lines. It was five days before our power was restored. We had a wood/coal stove put in the Dome as a backup heat source. On the first day we got a fire going and ran the stove for about five hours before bed and let it go out. The Dome stayed comfortable for about three one half to four days before we started the stove again. The outside temperatures were not real cold but a jacket was necessary.

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This article covers Ai Dome in Hot or Cold Climates

Different angle of above 40 ' dome linked to 30 garage dome. Solar panel on top of link.

Different angle of above 40 ‘ dome linked to 30 garage dome. Solar panel on top of link.

How does the American Ingenuity dome perform in hot or cold climates?  Superbly.   For example American Ingenuity (Ai) can cool its 3,700 sq.ft. dome offices for less than $85 a month in the hot Florida summer months (May – Sept).  The office is kept at 74 degrees from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Mon – Sat and  77 degrees at night and on Sunday.  To view Ai offices electric bills, please click on Ai Dome Offices.

It is even easier to heat an Ai dome that to cool it.  To cool the heat generated from the following has to be overcome: sunlight, refrigerator motor, computers, dish washer, clothes dryer, stove. To heat this generated heat is utilized.  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.   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.

Jim Collar’s Utah Ai concrete dome buildings operate off the grid by using photovoltaic’s, masonry heater fireplace and passive solar water tubes. To learn more, click on  Off The Grid.

A Florida 1,075 sq.ft. Ai dome home can be cooled for less than $27 a month in the hot Florida summer months.  The home is kept at 76 degrees Mon-Fri 6 pm – 8:30 am.; 76 degrees Sat & Sun and 81 degrees when the homeowner is not at home. To view its electric bills, please click on Florida Dome Home.

American Ingenuity Domes are in the following Arizona cities: Lake Havaso, Hereford, Ganado, Prescot, Flagstaff. Utah cities of Roosevelt, Moab and Coalville. Such New Mexico cities as Albuquerque, Magdalene, El Prado, Carlsbad, Angel Fire, Las Cruces, Montezuma, Farmington, Ramah, and Sandia Park.

When building an Ai dome in a hot climate, paint it a light color such as tan, light green, light blue, etc. to reflect the sun light.  One of Ai’s Florida clients cooled their 2,600 sq.ft. dome home for less than $134 a month in the hot summer months when their prior 1,500 sq.ft. box shaped house cost $150 a month to cool. 

The insulation in the Ai dome consists of seven inch thick blocks of rigid, nontoxic Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) which is comparable to eleven inches of fiberglass batting…and there is no wood  interrupting the insulation.  The dome spherical shape results in 30% less exterior surface area than a conventional house…meaning less walls for heating and cooling to pass through.   The thick uninterrupted insulation and reduced surface area of the dome are two of the main reasons, the Ai dome can save  50% to 60% off conventional box house cooling and heating costs.

American Ingenuity has sold dome kits into 47 states and 14 foreign areas. Ai Domes excel in very hot climates like New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida or excel in cold climates like South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, etc.

The panel concrete has been especially designed to work in hot or cold climates. Concrete is an excellent and common building material in all temperate zones throughout the world.  The panel concrete is a special formulation containing synthetic fibers and liquid admixtures. These ingredients improve the concrete’s characteristics, create super toughness, extend durability, make concrete impervious to water, give higher tensile and compressive strength, provide elasticity for expansion (for hot climates), and improve freeze protection.

Ai ship’s synthetic fibers & two liquid admixtures (air entrainment and water reducer) with each Building Kit. These items when mixed with Portland Cement, masonry sand and water produce a dense, rich concrete.   Fibers in concrete work to reduce the formation of shrinkage cracks in concrete’s plastic state while helping to improve shatter resistance and reduce water migration. The result: is a tougher concrete.  An Assembly Manual is shipped with each dome kit and contains the recipe for the concrete mix.

The following explains why the concrete
on the American Ingenuity Prefab Panel is Crack Resistant.

The American Ingenuity dome has been built in such cold climate states and areas as Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, New York, Alaska, Oklahoma. The Ai dome has been built in all the cold climate states other than Rhode Island, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

The Ai panel concrete has been especially designed to work in cold and hot climates. Concrete is an excellent & common building material in all temperate zones throughout the world. Concrete is only affected by freezing temperatures when it is porous & absorbs water. The richness & density of our concrete prevents water absorption that spoils the surface when it freezes. Our concrete is also formulated with an air entrainment admixture that further improves the freeze-thaw characteristics. Although most of the concrete joints will not leak, we don’t depend on the concrete to make the dome watertight. The dome gets additional sealing with a concrete primer & house paint. After the shell is assembled, a concrete primer is used first then two coats of good quality paint is applied. Any porous area that water will penetrate; paint will also soak into and seal. If a leak occurs, the manual explains how to repair with elastomeric caulk or patching compound or tape.

The Concrete Mix recipe includes 5 gal of water, 1 bag Portland (type 1 or 111), 2 ox. Admixture A, 5 oz Admixture B, ¼ large bag fibers, 20 gal. Masonry sand or stucco sand. The panel concrete has been especially designed to work in cold and hot climates. Concrete is only affected by freezing temperatures when it is porous & absorbs water. The richness & density of our concrete prevents water absorption that spoils the surface when it freezes. Our concrete is also formulated with an air entrainment admixture that further improves the freeze-thaw characteristics. The exterior paint is an additional seal to any water that could freeze inside the concrete.

COLD JOINTS – CONCRETE NOT BONDING: The assembly manual that comes with the dome kit explains how to utilize bonding agent and other techniques to join the concrete in the seams. The concrete of the panels also has a ledge to add further bonding surface in the seams. Technology has developed now to prevent cold joints. The concrete seaming of the dome is more effective than spraying concrete onto the entire dome all at once. The concrete on the manufactured panels has time to start curing before the seam concrete is applied. We do not rely on the concrete to seal the dome. Primer and paint is applied to the concrete. (Manual can be shipped after kit order and deposit has been placed).

The same recipe Ai utilizes at our factory to manufacture the panel concrete is given on the plans and in the Assembly Manual. The panel concrete is a special formulation containing synthetic fibers & liquid admixtures. The following is why we ship synthetic fibers and liquid admixtures with our Building Kit. Fibers in concrete work to reduce the formation of shrinkage and cracks in concrete’s plastic state while helping to improve shatter resistance and reduce water migration. These ingredients improve the concrete’s characteristics, create super toughness, extend durability, make concrete impervious to water, give higher tensile & compressive strength, provide elasticity for expansion, and improve freeze protection. The concrete in your dome out performs other exteriors because of its specially developed formula. Because of its exceptional composition, it actually gains strength over the years. The exterior concrete adheres directly to the steel mesh and EPS without the need of a bonding agent. We ship the same admixtures and synthetic fibers with the Building Kit so that the concrete mixed on site will have the same properties as the panel concrete. To apply concrete in the seams the temperature should be above freezing, preferably at least 40 degrees. The concrete cannot freeze for two days after the application.

The following is why Ai ships a Bonding Agent with our Building Kit.
• Concrete, or a cement mixture, will not bond to a dry absorbent surface such as dry concrete. The reason is easy to understand when you examine the curing process of cement. When new concrete is applied over old, dry concrete the moisture from the new concrete will be absorbed by the dry concrete especially at the surface where they meet. When the new concrete is robbed of its moisture at the joining surface it will not cure properly and therefore will not bond.

• Bonding agents are designed to improve the adhesion between layers of concrete by acting as a glue and coating and sealing the dry concrete to prevent it from robbing the moisture. The bonding agent that is provided with your kit, when mixed with concrete, also increases its strength.

• To assure that the 2nd layer of concrete placed in the seams on and on the entryways and dormers bonds will with the concrete of the panels:1.) Wet the panels with water and allow them to soak up all the water they will.  2.) Apply bonding agent on the concrete at the edge of the panel and on any concrete that has been placed in the seam. Allow bonding agent to rest per the label before applying fiber concrete.

• There are 2 special features designed into the panel of your kit to improve the bond and strength of your dome.  1.) The panels have a ledge molded into the edge of the concrete where the seam concrete is most needed to bond. This ledge increases the bonding surface, thereby increasing the ultimate strength of the joint.  2.) The steel mesh which extends from the old concrete to the new concrete is a small mesh with compliments the effect of the fibers in securing the joint.

Curing Time: Concrete freezing. The weather and the mix of the concrete (amount of water, etc.) will affect the curing time of the concrete. Usually by the time a complete row of panels are installed and are ready to start the next row, the concrete has cured enough in the first row of panels. However, if place a panel above another panel and cracks start to form in the first coat of concrete, then the concrete has not cured enough. Stop placing panels until the concrete has cured.

 South Carolina Dome Home Has Sold For $224,000
The full selling price.

The following is the sales information that was presented to the public in 2006.  To view photo gallery of the dome click on South Carolina Dome.

snow Kolb beautiful

One Owner-Builder of an American Ingenuity dome complex is planning to relocate to Florida. He sold his dome complex in the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina.

The dome complex consists of one fully furnished 40’ dome home (2 Bedroom, 2 ½ bath 1,600 sq.ft.) linked to a 27’ two car garage with a 12’ utility dome and a dog dome.

These domes are situated on the high point of 6.9 acres of land. 5.5 acres are pasture land, 1.4 acres are hardwood forest. The domes sit on a hill with a gorgeous view.

KOLB PROPERTY DETAILS

This dome home consists of an American Ingenuity 40′ dome linked to a 27′, two car garage. The garage first floor is 555 sq.ft. with a 16 foot wide overhead door and a 680 sq.ft. attic. The attic floor is fully suspended from the dome shell so there are no columns or supporting walls to interrupt the garage first floor.

Dome Home Features:
• Fully furnished with quality items including two king size beds and a solid wood book wall from Denmark.
• Draperies by ADO – “Draperies with the Gold Thread.”
• Jacuzzi
• Non-vented gas log fire place.
• Flooring: combination of laminate “hardwood style”, tiles and Berber carpet.
• Heating/Cooling: by means of a Geothermal heat pump, using latent sun energy which is stored in the ground with 1,000 feet of hermetically sealed special plastic pipe loop, at a 6 feet depth.
• Water Heating: tank-less, on-demand propane gas water heater unit.

Construction: Steel reinforced concrete shell with 7” thick E.P.S polystyrene insulation.

Insulation value: R-28 which is comparable to 11” of fiberglass insulation.

Construction complies with 1995 CABO Code, One/two Family Category. This dome has been occupied by the original owner since April 30, 2002.

This Geodesic Dome Home is super energy efficient with a low environmental impact. It has been tested by a third party independent testing company and was subsequently certified as an ENERGY STAR HOME by EPA. The home actually uses 61 percent less energy than a comparably sized home.

To view info and pics about his geo thermal pipes and water furnace, click on GeoThermal.


This page contains listing of builders & assemblers by state and country.  American Ingenuity’s concrete dome homes can be owner built or hire a builder who hires the independent Kit Assembly Consultant for kit assembly.

 

Caribbean

  • Robert Stephens with Pragma Consultants Ltd. at 110 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica purchased an assembled 45′ Aidome linked to a 34′ dome in Runaway Bay Jamaica and finished its interior and exterior.  He will bid the kit assembly and the building of an Aidome in Jamaica and the Caribbean. His contact info is  876-909-6338- Mobile.  Email is  rspragma@yahoo.com

 

COLORADO:

  • If you are looking for a reputable Geothermal Company, contact Major Heating: main office in Wheat Ridge 303-424-1622  and outlet in Steamboat 970-870-0983.

Florida:

  • In Brevard County Florida, Builder Ray Vince with Pistolatun Inc. will bid the building of an Aidome turn key and complete the financing for those who qualify.   He also has land to sell in Palm Bay Florida and the city of Titusville plus knows of our property for sell in the County.  His info is 76 E. Merritt Island Cswy. #205, Merritt Island Fl 32952.  His phone number is 321-284-8116
  • Builder Don Simons says he will bid the dome kit assembly and the finishing of the dome for Texas and surrounding states including all areas of Florida.  He has a superintendent who will travel to your site, interview subs and hire subs for the site clearing, driveway installation, foundation installation, dome kit assembly, electrical, framing, plumbing and finishing of the interior and exterior of the Aidome.  His number is 979-212-6000.
  • For Lee and Collier Counties: Contact Bill Towler with Philip C Lemke Construction Company. His cell is 239-989-8140 email is BillT@PhilipCLemke.com   Their company address is 4290 Sunshine Blvd, Saint James City, Florida 33956. They will be finishing a 27′ Aidome and are interested in bidding the dome kit assembly and finishing of other Aidome projects in Lee and Collier Counties.
  • Andy St. Laurent is licensed builder in the Ft Lauderdale area. He is building a 40′ Aidome on concrete columns, concrete platform in the Florida Keys.   His phone number is 954-789-6544.  During the assembly of the dome kit, the independent kit assembly consultant was hired to supervise Andy’s workers.  He is interested in building other Aidomes.
  • Joe Galloway was the slab sub and assembled a 36′ kit with the assistance of a Specialist in Palaka Florida.  Joe is now a Florida certified builder.  He will travel to job sites outside Palatka. His phone info: W 386-684-4213, cell 386-972-4544.
  • James Randy Dixon with R. Dixon Construction. Inc was the contractor on a 36’ dome in Trenton Florida in 2015. He & his two man crew are interested in bidding for future Ai dome shell assembly and interior construction from central Florida to northern Florida into southern Alabama and southern Georgia. He built the inside of the Walker 40′ & 34′ domes in Bell. FL.   His address is 1549 SW 22nd Court, Bell Fl.  Phone: 352-949-2166  Email: dixonjames444@gmail.com  He will also travel as a Kit Assembly Consultant through out the USA and internationally supervising your workers or your builders workers to get the dome kit assembled.
  • Michael Lanigan with Von Alan in Lutz Florida will travel 60 miles from their area to build Aidomes.  His contact info is MKLBC13@gmail.com   813-898-4363
  • Jay Long with Veteran Garage Solutions &  Lifestyle Screens  has a patented screen to roll up under a garage door. He can be contacted at 407-608-2602 C VGSforyou@gmail.com  14900 E. Orange Lake Blvd. #303  Kissimmee, Fl 34747
  • Hernando County:  Jeff West with Cornerstone Builders will bid the installation of the foundation and the finishing of the dome once the kit is assembled.  His number is 352-279-6855.
  • Polk County:  Barry Shick of Barry Shick Inc in Lake Wales Fl  is a licensed builder who has assembled and finished a 34′ Aidome.  He is willing to travel with two workers few hours to assemble dome kit.  His number is 863-258-2547.
  • Jeff Hoot Bryceville: 32009 904-266-4000, hoot@thequadruped.com Built his own Ai 40’ dome. He is interested in building domes for others. Nassau County. 
  • Charles Lovelace North Ft. Meyers: 33917 N Ft Meyers Fl 33917 239-823-7044. He is a subcontractor, will coordinate all subs for the job and help get the building permit, with client being owner builder.  Lee County.
  • David Jones Midwest Florida: 904-795-3722 Has built Ai domes. He knows of carpenters/cabinet installation, will travel within 40 miles of Citrus County. 
  • Rickey Schrader New Smyrna Beach: Built an Ai dome in New Smyrna Beach FL, 2414 Juniper Dr. Edgewater Fl 32141 Phone (904) 428-5488. Volusia County
  • Liz Davis Live Oak: 32060 386-658-2122, Cell 941-456-5696. She did a good job as owner builder of her own Ai dome. She has good workers to pass on.  Suwanee County

Florida Slab Subcontractors:

  • 36’ slab was installed in the Palatka area for $6,000 a few years back. The man that installed that slab is Joe Galloway.  He is now a licensed Florida contractor.  His number is 386-684-4213.  His email is jgallowayconstruction@yahoo.com
  •  Rockledge is slab subcontractor named Billy Brooks who has installed slabs for a dome owner that had three domes: 36’ screen dome, 40’ dome home and 27’ garage in Lee County.  Billy’s info is 321-863-8911  His email is billybrooks25@yahoo.com
  • Alfred “Billie”  Brinkley is located in Palatka Fl. Has not installed a dome slab but is willing to bid on and install.   386-697-3562
  • Hamilton Masonary –  Gray Hamilton is owner (yes GRAY) address is 2805 Kirby Circle, Palm Bay. Work 321-837-1447  Built stem wall under 40’ dome in Melbourne Beach, Fl. in 2013.

GEORGIA:

  • James Randy Dixon with R. Dixon Construction. Inc was the contractor on a 36’ dome in Trenton Florida in 2015. He & his two man crew are interested in bidding for future Ai dome shell assembly and interior construction from central Florida to northern Florida into southern Alabama and southern Georgia. He built the inside of the Walker 40′ & 34′ domes in Bell. FL.    His address is 1549 SW 22nd Court, Bell Fl.  Phone: 352-949-2166  Email: dixonjames444@gmail.com  He will also travel as a Kit Assembly Consultant through out the USA and internationally supervising your workers or your builders workers to get the dome kit assembled.
  • Bill Moorehead 706-213-0455 built his own 27’ wood dome and has also built an Ai Dome. He is interested in building domes for others. Elberton GA 30635.
  • Peter Kelley W: 404-782-2524, H: 404-782-6300 fax: 1-800-332-3827, PO BOX 167 or Oasis Dr. Lake Mont, GA 30552. Has built many domes including an Ai dome.

IDAHO:

  • Ron Reese Construction. He has built an Ai Dome in Sagle, ID 208-263-6193, 208-265-0702.

 IOWA: 

  • Contact Heather with StoneKing Enterprises. stonekingenterprises@gmail.com  work 319-393-1763; cell 319-521-5465. Builder in Robins and Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas.  Address 100 Front Street, Robins, IA 52328. Will bid Aidome kit assembly and finishing.