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Solar Hot Water Panel Mounted On Top of Standard Entryway on 34′ Dome.

 

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Solar Hot Water Panel Mounted On Top of Link

40′ American Ingenuity Dome Home On Right

Tell me about the Solar Hot Water Systems Manual talked about in the magazine Alternative Energy Retailer.

Solar energy veteran Tom Lane of ECS Solar Energy Systems recently published “Solar Hot Water Systems – Lessons Learned: 1977 to Today.” The 200 page manual outlines how the latest technology and valuable lessons learned from the past can help a new generation of solar contractors expand their businesses and satisfy their Customers.

Solar hot water topics covered in the book include: detailed system CAD drawings, an overview of different manufacturers’ components, drain back systems, closed-loop glycol systems, single- and double-pumped systems, open-loop systems, passive ICS and thermosyphon, system testing and monitoring, solar space heating, collector and storage sizing, roofing and flashing, and solar pool heating.

To learn more about “Solar Hot Water Systems – Lessons Learned: 1977 to Today” or to purchase a copy, visit www.ecs-solar.com or call 352-377-8866.

To view info about solar panels in general, check out Evergreen Solar Web site.  They are a non profit group with a mission to educate homeowners and businesses about the economic and environmental benefits of PV solar. Their primary objective is to influence a greater number of solar panel installations on homes, schools, and businesses across the US and the rest of the world at an accelerating pace.

To view the Alternative Energy Retailer magazine’s web site click on Retailer.

Q: How are Solar Hot Water Panels installed in the dome shell?

A: Solar Hot Water panels can be designed to set on top of the entryways or a link. Anchors are buried into the entryway concrete on site. Grooves are cut in the E.P.S. insulation to lay the pipes in and the water pipes are inserted through the entryway E.P.S. before the entryway is concreted. Some of our clients have solar hot water panels mounted on their dome link. The panel sits on the link and lies against the side of the dome. To hide the ends of the solar panel, fill in the ends with E.P.S. and stucco over the E.P.S. so it matches the dome.

The Florida Solar Energy Center seeks to provide the general public and professionals with accurate and current information about alternative energy use and production.

Contact the U.S. Dept of Energy for a Consumers Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. 

Solar Direct: click on solardirect.com/swh/swh.htm?ref=adwords to see more solar info.
Sharp triangle solar panels:   www.sharpusa.com/solar (Click on Products, Modules)

The following was taken directly from their web site:

  • Sharp is the #1 manufacturer of solar cells worldwide with nearly as much generating capacity as the next three largest manufacturers combined. Our residential solar systems give families the ability to generate their own electricity from the inexhaustible energy of the sun – with no harmful emissions. They’re cost-effective, quiet, attractive, safe, and reliable, with only minimal maintenance required over their long operational life. They’re the right choice for your home and the right choice for the environment. It’s no wonder why so many homeowners are making the move to Sharp Solar.
  • Your Sharp solar system is customized specifically for your needs. We manufacture a complete line of solar modules in a range of power output levels, as well as unique triangular modules that lend a beautiful, custom look to angled rooflines. Your independent Sharp Certified Installer will help you determine the ideal system based on your power needs, and design a rooftop configuration that provides clear, unobstructed access to the sun while ensuring a clean, stylish appearance.

To Research Tankless Hot Water On Demand Water Heaters visit Rinnai, Bosch, Takagi web sites

Klaus Kolb installed a Rinnai Continuum tankless (Troughflow) water heater in his American Ingenuity 40′ Dome Home. The specifications are Whole House Unit, Model REU 2424W-US; Min 19000 BTU, Max 180000 BTU; LP Gas.

Rinnai

http://www.rinnai.us/

The following info came directly from their web site:

  • With Rinnai Continuum and Integrity’s patented technology, you will have an endless supply of hot water 24 hours a day. Unique to the Rinnai tankless water heaters is the ability to utilize up to three water outlets simultaneously with a constant temperature of hot water. The Rinnai Continuum and Integrity supplies hot water at the rate of up to 8.5 gallons per minute continuously with no time constraints!

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Bosch

The following info came directly from their web site:

  • Have you ever thought about going tankless? Save energy and space with the help of one of the nation’s leading producers of tankless gas water heaters. Our highly efficient Bosch AquaStar tankless water heaters are redefining how homeowners throughout the U.S. heat their water!

How could going tankless benefit you?

  • Constant comfort: Never run out of hot water
  • Low operating costs: Most energy efficient water heaters on the market
  • Advanced technology: Designed and built to last 20 years
  • Easy handling: Small, lightweight and hangs on wall

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Takagi: The following came from their web site.

  • Since there is no tank to fill, there is no end to your supply of hot water. Depending on the model, Takagi Tankless water heaters deliver between 200 gallons and 500 gallons of hot water every hour on demand. Tankless systems guarantee that an endless supply of water is available to residences, commercial spaces or anywhere a constant source of hot water is needed.
  • At just twenty inches high, and weighing only forty pounds, the T-K Jr. is the most compact unit in the Takagi line. Designed to produce endless hot water and radiant heating for smaller homes, The T-K Jr. uses the same innovative technology as the original Takagi units – only on an even smaller scale.

Solar Pool Filtration and Collector Pumps

Lorentz  – solar water pumps

The following information came directly from their web site:

  • We manufacture solar water pumps. Today´s featured product are our solar pool filtration and collector pumps. No more power bills for your customer. Power cuts? No Problem the pool is clean 5 years return of investment from saved power bills. Solar modules are warranted for 20 years and more.

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U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy -A Consumer’s Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The following info came from their web site.

Solar water heaters—also called solar domestic hot water systems—can be a cost-effective to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use—sunshine—is free.

How They Work

Solar water heating systems include storage tanks and solar collectors. There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which don’t.

Most solar water heaters require a well-insulated storage tank. Solar storage tanks have an additional outlet and inlet connected to and from the collector. In two-tank systems, the solar water heater preheats water before it enters the conventional water heater. In one-tank systems, the back-up heater is combined with the solar storage in one tank.

Three types of solar collectors are used for residential applications:

  • Flat-plate collector – Glazed flat-plate collectors are insulated, weatherproofed boxes that contain a dark absorber plate under one or more glass or plastic (polymer) covers. Unglazed flat-plate collectors—typically used for solar pool heating—have a dark absorber plate, made of metal or polymer, without a cover or enclosure.
  • Integral collector-storage systems –  Also known as ICS or batch systems, they feature one or more black tanks or tubes in an insulated, glazed box. Cold water first passes through the solar collector, which preheats the water. The water then continues on to the conventional backup water heater, providing a reliable source of hot water. They should be installed only in mild-freeze climates because the outdoor pipes could freeze in severe, cold weather.
  • Evacuated-tube solar collectors – They feature parallel rows of transparent glass tubes. Each tube contains a glass outer tube and metal absorber tube attached to a fin. The fin’s coating absorbs solar energy but inhibits radiative heat loss. These collectors are used more frequently for U.S. commercial applications.

There are two types of active solar water heating systems:

  • Direct circulation systems:  Pumps circulate household water through the collectors and into the home. They work well in climates where it rarely freezes.
  • Indirect circulation systems:  Pumps circulate a non-freezing, heat transfer fluid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water that then flows into the home. They are popular in climates prone to freezing temperatures.

Passive solar water heating systems are typically less expensive than active systems, but they’re usually not as efficient. However, passive systems can be more reliable and may last longer. There are two basic types of passive systems:

  • Integral collector-storage passive systems:  These work best in areas where temperatures rarely fall below freezing. They also work well in households with significant daytime and evening hot-water needs.
  • Thermosyphon systems: Water flows through the system when warm water rises as cooler water sinks. The collector must be installed below the storage tank so that warm water will rise into the tank. These systems are reliable, but contractors must pay careful attention to the roof design because of the heavy storage tank. They are usually more expensive than integral collector-storage passive systems.

Solar water heating systems almost always require a backup system for cloudy days and times of increased demand.Conventional storage water heaters usually provide backup and may already be part of the solar system package. A backup system may also be part of the solar collector, such as rooftop tanks with thermosyphon systems. Since an integral-collector storage system already stores hot water in addition to collecting solar heat, it may be packaged with a demand (tankless or instantaneous) water heater for backup.

Installing and Maintaining the System

The proper installation of solar water heaters depends on many factors. These factors include solar resource, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues; therefore, it’s best to have a qualified, solar thermal systems contractor install your system.

After installation, properly maintaining your system will keep it running smoothly. Passive systems don’t require much maintenance. For active systems, discuss the maintenance requirements with your system provider, and consult the system’s owner’s manual. Plumbing and other conventional water heating components require the same maintenance as conventional systems. Glazing may need to be cleaned in dry climates where rainwater doesn’t provide a natural rinse.

Regular maintenance on simple systems can be as infrequent as every 3–5 years, preferably by a solar contractor. Systems with electrical components usually require a replacement part after or two after 10 years.

When screening potential contractors for installation and/or maintenance, ask the following questions:

  • Does your company have experience installing and maintaining solar water heating systems?
    Choose a company that has experience installing the type of system you want and servicing the applications you select.
  • How many years of experience does your company have with solar heating installation and maintenance?
    The more experience the better. Request a list of past customers who can provide references.
  • Is your company licensed or certified?
    Having a valid plumber’s and/or solar contractor’s license is required in some states. Contact your city and county for more information. Confirm licensing with your state’s contractor licensing board. The licensing board can also tell you about any complaints against state-licensed contractors.

 NEWSPAPER COVERAGE ON DOMES

In the past such newspapers as Florida Today, Detroit News, New York Times, Florida Keys Sunday, Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen Times), International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong have run articles on American Ingenuity Domes.  

 

NEW YORK TIMES

The Dome Gains Weight and Settles Down

Mr. NELKIN decided in the 10th grade that he would someday live in a geodesic dome, after seeing a picture of one in a science book. “It looked like something out of ‘Star Wars,’ ” Mr. Nelkin said. “I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, and I said to myself, ‘When I grow up I’m going to build one of those.’ ”

Enlarge This Image

Jeff Topping for The New York Times

SUPERSIZE Houses like John and Cindy Schofield’s in Arizona are defying the countercultural image of the dome.

Multimedia

The Geodesic Dome

The Geodesic Dome

In 2003 he finally did. Now Mr. Nelkin, 45, an Internet marketer, and his wife live in a house made of two adjoining domes in New York.

The pale gray hemispheres stand out like twin spaceships on a tree-lined street where all the other houses have pitched roofs. But inside, the house looks unexpectedly terrestrial, with overstuffed couches, hardwood floors and rustic fireplaces much like those of its neighbors.

The Nelkins are among a growing group of Americans who are building dream homes in the shape of geodesic domes, once a symbol of youthful rebellion but now one of aspiration for aging baby boomers.

Hemispheres are sprouting up among the mock Tudors and colonials of upscale neighborhoods across the country, from Veneta, Ore., where a company called Oregon Dome is building a development of 2,000-square-foot spec domes on suburban lots for around $200,000 each. Like tofu and yoga, the dome has evolved from countercultural funkiness to middle-class respectability.

First popularized in the 1950s by the designer and inventor Buckminster Fuller, who died in 1983, geodesic domes have long been appreciated by environmentalists for their energy efficiency and the way they provide the maximum amount of space with a minimum of material. In the 1960s and ’70s, hippies built them in the wilderness, painting them in psychedelic patchworks; their rounded contours were seen as a retort to all things square or right-angled in Western society.

The domes of the Flower Power era were rarely more than a standard 24 feet in diameter and cost less than $1,000 to build, according to Jay Baldwin, an early dome builder and dweller. But many new domes are sprawling mansions of more than 10,000 square feet, built on budgets of a million dollars or more.

“The domes have gotten bigger and more expensive as people’s incomes expanded,” said Dennis Johnson, who founded Natural Spaces Domes, a dome building company in North Branch, Minn., in 1978. In the past decade his clients have quadrupled in number, to about 200 a year.

Like most modern homeowners, dome owners want plenty of space.

“They want another bedroom,” said Robert Singer, the president of Timberline Geodesics, a dome manufacturer in Berkeley, Calif. “They want the home office, they want the entertainment room, they want the extra space in the basement, they want the large custom kitchen.”

Two years ago, Mr. Singer said, his factory needed to run only seven months a year to meet the demand. Now it operates full time to produce more than 50 houses annually, and he still can’t fill all the orders.

Many people are also requesting surprisingly conventional architectural accessories: dormer windows, cedar shingles, carriage lamps, gambrel-roofed entryways.

They want to stand out from the pack, it seems, but not too much; they want to reclaim their youth, but aren’t willing to sacrifice the comforts of middle age. (Mr. Nelkin put a cupola on top of his dome, because, he said, it made the place look “more homey” and less like the kind of basic unembellished dome “you might see in an oil refinery.”)

Tina Gerard and Wes Dehnke, who own a 45-foot-diameter dome in River Falls, Wis., love its shape and the triangular framing inside. But when they were planning it they thought the outside looked too naked.

Not anymore.  “The castle turrets give the dome a whole other dimension,” Ms. Gerard said.


 THE FLORIDA KEYS SUNDAY

8.18 Exterior pilings2 Mowery platform-edited2

The Keys Sunday Newspaper 

By STEVE SANOSKI

Imagine a home designed so efficiently it saves upwards of 70 percent on monthly utility bills, and built with materials strong enough to withstand a direct hit from a major hurricane. 

What would such a house look like? Sort of like a half of an egg. But more specifically, a home with those capabilities would have to be a geodesic dome. 

“It’s the most simplified way to build a house that we know of,” said Glenda Busick, coowner of dome home manufacturer American Ingenuity. “It’s a very logical option for people living on the coast.” 

Rockledge, Florida-based American Ingenuity has been manufacturing dome home kits since 1976. Since then they’ve shipped their kits to 46 states – including Alaska and Hawaii – as well the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and even Israel. 

The dome’s shape gets the credit for the large savings on energy expenses, said Busick. Dome houses have about half the total surface area as a conventional home, meaning there’s less space for hot or cold air to escape.

“Nationwide, that’s the number one reason people buy our home kits,” she said. “It’s common for our customers to save 50 to 70 percent on their heating and cooling costs due to the thick insulated panels we use and the natural shape of the dome.”

The number one reason Floridians purchase American Ingenuity dome home kits is the structure’s incredible resistance to hurricanes, said Busick.

“We have customers in Miami who survived a direct hit from (category 5) Hurricane Andrew,” she said. “We guarantee all of our homes against 225 mph winds and F4 Tornadoes.” 

A geodesic dome is created out of a network of struts Shape offers energy savings, hurricane resistance. Dome homes make comeback arranged on great circles (geodesics) on the surface of a sphere. The geodesics intersect to form triangular elements that have great rigidity but they also distribute the stress across the entire structure. 

According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, it is the only man-made structure that gets proportionally stronger as it increases in size. When completed to form a full sphere, it is known as a geodesic sphere. 

Though not invented by him, the dome was popularized by R. Buckminster Fuller who named the dome “geodesic.” 

The standard dome home design will resist 150 mph winds and 50-pound snow loads.  American Ingenuity dome houses get their strength from two sources: the aerodynamic design of the dome and the patented wall panel design used on all kit homes. 

The sandwich panel is polystyrene insulation at the core, covered by steel mesh and reinforced with concrete seams. 

The prefabricated panel was developed and patented by American Ingenuity founder, Michael Busick, in 1984.

However, that price is only for the dome shell kit, and does not include windows, doors or any furnishings, such as flooring, kitchen cabinets, lighting and bathroom fixtures. 

Additional costs can also be associated with assembling the house kit, which about half the American Ingenuity customers do themselves. “A lot of people see how inexpensive the kit is and assume the whole house when completed will be inexpensive,” Busick said. “That’s not true. A finished dome will cost about the same as a conventional home, but what you end up with is much more than a conventional home.” 

The popularity of geodesic dome houses is on the rise in Florida and throughout the county, said Busick. 

“Five years ago we might sell 25 dome homes a year,” she said. “Now we’re selling 60 to 70 kits a year, and it just continues to grow.” 

The Florida Keys is home to one dome currently, located in Key Largo, and it happens to be up for sale. The asking price for the 40’, two-story, three bedroom dome home on oceanfront property is just below $2.2 million. 

For more information about American Ingenuity dome home kits, including full listing details on the Key Largo home for sale, visit www.aidomes.com.

 

 NEWSPAPER COVERAGE ON AMERICAN INGENUITY CONCRETE DOMES

In the past such newspapers as Florida Today, Detroit News, New York Times, Florida Keys Sunday, Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen Times), International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong have run articles on American Ingenuity Domes.   To view an 8/2/17 article on domes built in Canaveral Groves Florida,  please view our home page, upper right icon.  

NEW YORK TIMES

The Dome Gains Weight and Settles Down

BRUCE NELKIN decided in the 10th grade that he would someday live in a geodesic dome, after seeing a picture of one in a science book. “It looked like something out of ‘Star Wars,’ ” Mr. Nelkin said. “I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, and I said to myself, ‘When I grow up I’m going to build one of those.’ ”

Enlarge This Image

Jeff Topping for The New York Times

SUPERSIZE Houses like John and Cindy Schofield’s in Arizona are defying the countercultural image of the dome.

Multimedia

The Geodesic Dome

The Geodesic Dome

In 2003 he finally did. Now Mr. Nelkin, 45, an Internet marketer, and his wife, Deana, live in a house made of two adjoining domes in Pleasantville, N.Y.

The pale gray hemispheres stand out like twin spaceships on a tree-lined street where all the other houses have pitched roofs. But inside, the house looks unexpectedly terrestrial, with overstuffed couches, hardwood floors and rustic fireplaces much like those of its neighbors.

The Nelkins are among a growing group of Americans who are building dream homes in the shape of geodesic domes, once a symbol of youthful rebellion but now one of aspiration for aging baby boomers.

Hemispheres are sprouting up among the mock Tudors and colonials of upscale neighborhoods across the country, from Veneta, Ore., where a company called Oregon Dome is building a development of 2,000-square-foot spec domes on suburban lots for around $200,000 each. Like tofu and yoga, the dome has evolved from countercultural funkiness to middle-class respectability.

First popularized in the 1950s by the designer and inventor Buckminster Fuller, who died in 1983, geodesic domes have long been appreciated by environmentalists for their energy efficiency and the way they provide the maximum amount of space with a minimum of material. In the 1960s and ’70s, hippies built them in the wilderness, painting them in psychedelic patchworks; their rounded contours were seen as a retort to all things square or right-angled in Western society.

The domes of the Flower Power era were rarely more than a standard 24 feet in diameter and cost less than $1,000 to build, according to Jay Baldwin, an early dome builder and dweller. But many new domes are sprawling mansions of more than 10,000 square feet, built on budgets of a million dollars or more.

“The domes have gotten bigger and more expensive as people’s incomes expanded,” said Dennis Johnson, who founded Natural Spaces Domes, a dome building company in North Branch, Minn., in 1978. In the past decade his clients have quadrupled in number, to about 200 a year.

Like most modern homeowners, dome owners want plenty of space.

“They want another bedroom,” said Robert Singer, the president of Timberline Geodesics, a dome manufacturer in Berkeley, Calif. “They want the home office, they want the entertainment room, they want the extra space in the basement, they want the large custom kitchen.”

Two years ago, Mr. Singer said, his factory needed to run only seven months a year to meet the demand. Now it operates full time to produce more than 50 houses annually, and he still can’t fill all the orders.

Many people are also requesting surprisingly conventional architectural accessories: dormer windows, cedar shingles, carriage lamps, gambrel-roofed entryways.

They want to stand out from the pack, it seems, but not too much; they want to reclaim their youth, but aren’t willing to sacrifice the comforts of middle age. (Mr. Nelkin put a cupola on top of his dome, because, he said, it made the place look “more homey” and less like the kind of basic unembellished dome “you might see in an oil refinery.”)

Companies that sell kits for large-scale domes offer custom options like cupolas, balconies, rectangular additions for extra rooms and even matching minidomes for pets. But early dome builders like Mr. Baldwin see the new customized domes as bastardizations of Fuller’s concept.

“I call them elephant droppings,” he said. “Fuller’s idea was that of a machine-made object, a pure geometry.”

Most dome dwellers are not so picky.

Tina Gerard and Wes Dehnke, who own a 45-foot-diameter dome in River Falls, Wis., love its shape and the triangular framing inside. But when they were planning it they thought the outside looked too naked.

Not anymore.

“The castle turrets give the dome a whole other dimension,” Ms. Gerard said.

 

THE FLORIDA KEYS SUNDAY
8.18 Exterior pilings2 Mowery platform-edited2

The Keys Sunday Newspaper: Article By STEVE SANOSKI

Imagine a home designed so efficiently it saves upwards of 70 percent on monthly utility bills, and built with materials strong enough to withstand a direct hit from a major hurricane. 

What would such a house look like? Sort of like a half of an egg. But more specifically, a home with those capabilities would have to be a geodesic dome. 

“It’s the most simplified way to build a house that we know of,” said Glenda Busick, coowner of dome home manufacturer American Ingenuity. “It’s a very logical option for people living on the coast.” 

Rockledge, Florida-based American Ingenuity has been manufacturing dome home kits since 1976. Since then they’ve shipped their kits to 46 states – including Alaska and Hawaii – as well the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and even Israel. 

The dome’s shape gets the credit for the large savings on energy expenses, said Busick. Dome houses have about half the total surface area as a conventional home, meaning there’s less space for hot or cold air to escape.

“Nationwide, that’s the number one reason people buy our home kits,” she said. “It’s common for our customers to save 50 to 70 percent on their heating and cooling costs due to the thick insulated panels we use and the natural shape of the dome.”

The number one reason Floridians purchase American Ingenuity dome home kits is the structure’s incredible resistance to hurricanes, said Busick.

“We have customers in Miami who survived a direct hit from (category 5) Hurricane Andrew,” she said. “We guarantee all of our homes against 225 mph winds and F4 tornadoes.” 

A geodesic dome is created out of a network of struts Shape offers energy savings, hurricane resistance. Dome homes make comeback arranged on great circles (geodesics) on the surface of a sphere. The geodesics intersect to form triangular elements that have great rigidity but they also distribute the stress across the entire structure. 

According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, it is the only man-made structure that gets proportionally stronger as it increases in size. When completed to form a full sphere, it is known as a geodesic sphere. 

Though not invented by him, the dome was popularized by R. Buckminster Fuller who named the dome “geodesic.” 

The standard dome home design will resist 225 mph winds, F4 Tornados and 50-pound snow loads. American Ingenuity dome houses get their strength from two sources: the aerodynamic design of the dome and the patented wall panel design used on all kit homes. 

The sandwich panel is polystyrene insulation at the core, covered by steel mesh and reinforced with concrete seams. 

The prefabricated panel was developed and patented by American Ingenuity’s founder, Michael Busick, in 1984.

However, that price is only for the dome shell kit, and does not include windows, doors or any furnishings, such as flooring, kitchen cabinets, lighting and bathroom fixtures. 

Additional costs can also be associated with assembling the house kit, which about half the American Ingenuity customers do themselves. “A lot of people see how inexpensive the kit is and assume the whole house when completed will be inexpensive,” Busick said. “That’s not true. A finished dome will cost about the same as a conventional home, but what you end up with is much more than a conventional home.” 

The popularity of geodesic dome houses is on the rise in Florida and throughout the county, said Busick. 

“Five years ago we might sell 25 dome homes a year,” she said. “Now we’re selling 60 to 70 kits a year, and it just continues to grow.” 

The Florida Keys is home to one dome currently, located in Key Largo, and it happens to be up for sale. The asking price for the 40’, two-story, three bedroom dome home on oceanfront property is just below $2.2 million. 

For more information about American Ingenuity dome home kits, including full listing details on the Key Largo home for sale, visit www.aidomes.com.

 

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS ONE UNFINISHED AIDOME AND SEVERAL FINISHED AIDOMES THAT ARE FOR SALE.   PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THIS ARTICLE
TO FIND EACH DOME HOME FOR SALE.

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34′ Aidome on finished Basement – 1,916 sq.ft. on 4.2 Acres

One mile from Blue Ridge Parkway, three miles from Golf Course & One Hour from Asheville North Carolina 

Three Bedrooms/three baths.  One of the bedrooms & full bath is in the separate basement apartment. 

Appraised Oct 4, 2017 for $175,000 

To view info and photos click on Beautiful 34′ Aidome 

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Unfinished 45’ Aidome on Full Basement for Sale in Yancey County, North Carolina

$49,000 plus land pricing

This Aidome 45’ Dome Kit is assembled on a full basement with rough framing/electrical/plumbing.  The dome has passed a Yancey County inspection where permanent power was turned on which means per the building department the dome could be lived in and finished once a kitchen and bathroom is installed.   The basement has 1,454 sq.ft.  The dome’s first floor is 1,442 sq.ft.  The dome’s second floor has 686 sq.ft. for total square footage of 3,583.  The two floors inside the dome have 2,129 sq.ft.  The dome is located 30 minutes from Burnsville or Marion or Spruce Pine North Carolina and around one hour from Asheville North Carolina.  The address is 10407 Hwy 80 South, Burnsville NC 28714.  It is two miles from Mt. Mitchell Golf Course and four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The dome’s access is directly off Highway 80 South on a 1,500 foot long gravel road leading to the dome’s driveway which is around 188 feet long. 

If the buyer of the dome chooses to change the interior layout, American Ingenuity (Ai) can hire a local engineer to calculate the load of the dome’s first and second floor to determine what posts are needed in the basement to support the load, etc.  The engineer’s fee to review the Buyer’s desired changes and give solutions is $200.  Ai’s fee to revise the building plans to show the new layout and include details from the Engineer is $400.  The finished plan pdfs would be emailed to the dome buyer so they can have sets of building plans printed locally submitting one set to Yancey County Building Department.

Per Neil McCurry, Yancey County Building official whose work number is 828-682-7833, Cell is 828-284-5866 when the new owner wants to start finishing, a Remodel Permit can be issued by Yancey County with Mr. McCurry coming out to complete a visual inspection and determine what inspections would be needed.  If any framing changes, Mr. McCurry said a new set of building plans can be submitted showing the revisions clouded.  He said there is no need to have a North Carolina engineer seal on the revised plans – this saves $900.

The name of the realtor who can show the unfinished dome is June Jerome with June Jerome Realty at 828-675-9536 or email JuneJeromeRealty@Frontier.com   Please call or email Owner Glenda Busick for any info the realtor cannot answer – 321-693-8787 or glendab.aidomes@gmail.com 

The attached chart named 45’ Aidome Cost Chart lists the actual costs of $100,070 the owner incurred to get the dome to its current rough framing/plumbing/electrical stage. However the seller lives in Florida with too many commitments to continue this project at a distance and has reduced the price to $49,000.  This pricing includes electric to the dome ($1,008.31), well ($2,750), septic/drain field ($6,415) but does not include pricing for any land.  In the contour map named Piece 4 of total Acreage shows the area around the dome to the gravel roads around the dome.  That area could be 3 acres or 4 acres of 5 acres.  Or a person could purchase 1 or 2 acres of land around the dome. The land price is $7,500 an acre.  The purchaser of the dome will pay for a survey to survey off whatever number of acres they want to purchase around the dome.

The chart shows if the dome kit was purchased in 2017 and built in 2017, it would cost around $23,088 more to build to the dome’s current status.  If a builder and consultant were hired to build a new dome then the savings by purchasing the Dome As Is  is around $33,667 versus starting from scratch.   There is a Green Mountain NC Licensed Builder (Randall Ayers at 828-682-3088) who can be hired to finish the 45’ dome or there is a local Handy Man Father and Son Team in Busick who can be hired to complete the finishing – Darin Autrey  H 828-675-0629 or C 828-284-5064.   Or if you decide to purchase a new dome kit, Randall Ayers will assemble the dome kit utilizing the independent Kit Assembly Consultant and then finish the dome.   Darin and his father are the ones who remodeled the interior of the 34 finished dome dome which is for sell.

Info about the dome structure:  The Steel Reinforced Concrete Dome is built from an Aidome Building Kit which includes exterior prefabricated panels manufactured from center core of 7″ thick expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS -R28), 1/4″ Georgia Pacific DensDeck special drywall which is mold resistant and water resistant (similar to green board) with exterior of 3/4″ thick concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & fibers. The seams between the panels average 2″ thick fiber & steel reinforced concrete.  Dome Panel Info is on web site Our web site is www.aidomes.com   To compare what it would cost to build the unfinished dome at current pricing, a column has been added in the Price Chart listing prices for each item based on current year 2017 costs.

The company American Ingenuity (Ai) has shipped dome kits to 47 states and 15 foreign areas.  Why did a buyer near Australia pay $18,000 in shipping costs to get one 34’ Aidome kit shipped to him in a 40’ high cube container?  And why did a buyer in Washington state pay nearly $9,000 for one truck to deliver his 40’ kit?  Simply put, the buyers could not build a home or buy any house that has the energy efficiency, strength and noncombustible concrete exterior that the American Ingenuity dome has.  

  1. Fire resistant concrete exterior
  2. The Ai dome is more energy efficient than a conventional house: Why?
    1. Because of the thick insulation which is comparable to 10” of fiberglass batting (A conventional house would need min 2×10 walls filled with 10” of fiberglass batting and still not meet the energy efficiency of the Ai dome because the 2×12 would interrupt the insulation)
    2. the reduced exterior surface area (30% less than a conventional house so less exterior walls for your AC and Heat to pass through)
    3. and because the exterior walls of Ai dome contain no wood to interrupt the insulation.
  3. There is no wood in or on the dome shell to rot or to burn or for termites to eat.
  4. There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years.  After the dome kit is assembled, the exterior concrete is primed and painted with two coats of breathable elastomeric paint.  The exterior concrete is repainted every 4-5-6 years.
  5. The dome is stronger (225 mph wind and F4 tornado)due to aerodynamic shape, continuous steel reinforced concrete exterior and triangle panel shape.

To view utility bills on Ai’s 3,700 sq.ft. office domes located in east central Florida (45’ dome linked to a 34’ dome) click on Super-Energy Efficiency.  The office domes can be cooled for less than $85 a month in the hot Florida summer months to 74 degrees Mon-Sat and 77 degrees after 7pm and on Sunday.  By the way it is even easier to heat an Aidome that it is to cool one.  To heat you do not need to overcome heat generated by sunlight, computers, clothes dryer, dish washer….that heat is used.  Where as to air condition that heat has to be overcome.

To finish the dome’s concrete exterior:

  • Grind down any high concrete areas
  • Apply concrete bonding agent on the area you want to add concrete to.  Apply a finish layer of fiber concrete to any areas that looks rough.  Seller can provide the concrete recipe.  Basically is Portland cement, masonry sand and fibers from concrete mixing plant.
  • Kill any algae with 50/50 mix of bleach water.  Pressure wash the dome.
  • Prime the exterior concrete with white primer and any cracks will appear as brown or black.  Seal any cracks with elastomeric caulk or patching compound
  • Mix perlite in the first layer of elastomeric paint and roll the paint on the dome.  This will hide any wavy seam appearance. (use a light to medium color paint).  Seller will provide exact instructions for this.
  • Apply second layer of elastomeric paint.
  • Various brands of paint can be used:
    1. Ames Research Labs: Maximum – Stretch, at participating ACE & True Value Stores (if using Ames see separate Ames doc because specific type sealants and primer need to be used….NOT TT3)
    2. Sherwin Williams: Loxon XP Paint, Loxon Primer and Conditioner
    3. Richards Paint:  Rich Flex 245; use Rich Flex Alkali Resistant 100% Acrylic Masonry Primer
    4. Behr’s Premium Elastomeric Masonry, Stucco & Brick Paint –Home Depot
    5. Seal Krete Paint (pigmented) –Home Depot

To finish the Georgia Pacific DensDeck 1/4” drywall on the interior of the dome shell panels:

  1. First complete any electrical wiring buy cutting a groove in the drywall and eps with a router or circular saw.  Insert the wiring.  Fill the groove with expanding foam, cut it back flush to the drywall and finish with fiberglass tape and joint compound.
  2. Fiberglass tape and joint compound any seam areas between the DensDeck.
  3. To blend the taped areas in the DensDeck, skip trowel joint compound over all the DensDeck.  This will result in a high low textured affect.

 

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This Dome Has Sold For Asking Price of $220,000

Melbourne Florida Concrete AiDome Home with Attached Garage Dome

One of kind property and one of a kind dome home
Super-energy efficient & Super-strong
Corner Lot Receives Cool Breezes off the River
Beautiful Unobstructed View of the Indian River

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This 0.27 acre property is a one of a kind property which has unobstructed view of the Indian River.  Just north of the property less than one block away is 0.21 acre with frontage on Indian River on sale for $260,000.  Instead of paying $260,000 for vacant river front land, purchase this 0.27 property with full unobstructed River View, two concrete domes and riparian rights to the Indian River to build a dock if desired!   The domes exterior is steel reinforced concrete with a 225 mph wind and F4 warranty from American Ingenuity (Ai) who has been in business for over 40 years.  The domes were built from Aidome building kits.

1,075 sq.ft. 34 foot in diameter Aidome Home has two bedrooms and two baths (first floor 819; second floor 256) linked to a one car 22 foot in diameter garage dome via a covered 36 sq.ft. walkway. Dome home sets on .27 acre corner lot with full unobstructed view of the Indian River with semi-circular driveway. Sidewalk with 25 foot in diameter concrete patio. Home features kitchen island, high vaulted ceilings, two high profile entryways and fenced yard. All glass is double paned. Great for a primary home, retirement home or vacation home.

Garage has 375 sq.ft. with 88 sq.ft. of attic storage above the one car parking. Garage dome has rear door dormer to access the back yard. There is ample space around the first floor perimeter for storage. There is a laundry tub and toilet in the garage. Sears garage door opener. Garage door is 7’ tall and 9’ wide. Patio slab 25 feet in diameter.

  • The exterior of the domes is concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. The domes were built from building kits manufactured by American Ingenuity. To view a summary on advantages of the Aidome, click Summary. There is no wood in or on the exterior dome walls or roof. No wood to burn, no wood for termites to eat and no wood to interrupt the insulation. There is only pressure treated wood to frame in around exterior doors and windows.
  • American Ingenuity gives a warranty of 225 mph wind and F4 tornado on the exterior dome panels against structural damage due to winds for ten years. The warranty does not include the exterior framed walls, exterior doors/windows, interior items or life and limb. The warranty is not transferable.  In the above photo gallery, there is a picture of a dumpster containing roofing from a neighbor’s house when Hurricane Jeanne ripped the roof off the neighbors house. There was no damage to the concrete dome.
  • The exterior has no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The exterior concrete is painted with elastomeric paint.
  • The exterior wall has seven inch thick modified expanded polystyrene insulation (R28). This means the exterior walls and roof have the same composition. Because the dome has 30% less exterior surface area, the insulation is R28 and is not interrupted by wood, the cooling and heating bills are low. I can cool the 1,075 dome home for less than $27 a month in the hot Florida Summer Months. 76 degrees when home and 79 degrees when not home. The dome is an all-electric house. To view 3 to 4 years of utility bills for the dome, click on Melbourne Dome Electric Bills.
  • The garage dome has 3 ½” EPS insulation R14.
  • Semi-circular concrete driveway
  • Dome Home has beautiful full unobstructed view of the Indian River.
  • Riparian rights to Indian River
  • Accordion Shutters on four entryways
  • Vinyl Picket Fence & Privacy Fence
  • Doggy door to side fenced yard.
  • Patio slab, sidewalk, driveway and slab in the garage has textured deck finish on top of the concrete
  • Windows and glass doors are double pane, vinyl frames.
  • Two light poles in front fenced area
  • Corner lot – corner of Pineapple Avenue and Hiawatha Street. Dimensions of the four sides: 60’ Feet on Pineapple. 180 feet on Hiawatha. 151 feet on north side – 0.27 acre. Please see above survey.
  • City of Melbourne sewer & water
  • Alarm system
  • Water sprinklers
  • Conduit to install solar hot water panel to connect to water heater.
  • Not in a flood zone
  • Jeff Higgins in Melbourne Zoning said the set backs are 7 ½’ from the rear (west side) and the north side. Setbacks on Hiawatha and Pineapple are 20’ each. The setbacks allow for another 22’ or a 27′ dome to be linked to the back side of the garage dome and or another 27’ dome could be linked on the front of the 34’ dome.  The Garage dome could be converted to another bedroom and bath with a two car garage being built next to the existing 22′ dome. Above is a diagram named “Proposed 22′ Remodel & New 27′ showing how the 22′ dome could be remodeled and a 27′ dome added to it.    Also above is diagram named Three Domes Site View showing how the new 27′ dome with existing 22′ & 34′ dome would look on the lot.  Also above is a diagram named Four Domes Site View which shows a new 27′ dome added to the existing 22′ dome and a new 27′ dome added to the front of the existing 34′ dome would look on the lot.  The new 22′ or new 27′ dome building kits can be purchased from American Ingenuity and assembled on site by the property owner or their builder.

We received this Facebook question and wanted to share it and our answer:

Q: Ai, just out of curiosity, how often do you have the sales like you have been having? It’s an amazing deal and beings it will be a while before I could purchase, just curious if it’s once a year or more or less frequently?

A: It is very unusual to have a finished Ai concrete dome for sale. So this is a rare opportunity for anyone desiring to purchase a finished American Ingenuity dome to do so instead of starting from scratch having to select property, determine the floor plan layout, purchase building plans, obtain a building permit; purchase dome building kit and then assemble and finish the dome.

Why Purchase a Home Built From an Aidome?

The geodesic dome was built from an American Ingenuity (Ai) dome building kit which consists of prefabricated triangle shaped panels and four foot tall riser panels. The dome’s exterior is fire resistant concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. Its insulation is R28 {seven inches of nontoxic expanded polystyrene (EPS)}. The dome panels contain no wood to interrupt the insulation, no wood for termites to eat and no wood to burn. There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The dome’s exterior walls are incredibly strong, resist tree impact and resist forest fires due to non-combustible concrete exterior. The insulation results in the dome’s cooling and heating costs being 50% to 60% lower than a box shaped house.

Why is a Geodesic Dome So Strong?

Geodesic domes are three-dimensional structures using stable triangles approximating spheres to create multiple load carrying paths from point of load to point of support. The triangle is the only arrangement of structural members that is stable within itself without requiring additional connections at the intersection points to prevent warping of the geometry. In other words, apply pressure to one edge of a triangle, and that force is evenly distributed to the other two sides, which then transmit pressure to adjacent triangles. That cascading distribution of pressure is how geodesic domes efficiently distribute stress along the entire structure, much like the shell of an egg.

 

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Norwalk Connecticut 40′ Aidome on unfinished basement has sold for $420,000.

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Dome For Sale – $249,000

 48 ft diameter Dome Home in Edgewater, Florida 

Completed 48 foot diameter (48 Delta 22 floor plan) approximately 2,600 sq. ft. three bedroom, two bath American Ingenuity two story, steel reinforced concrete dome home is for sale.

The home sits on 9/10s of an acre on a high and dry lot in Volusia County, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodlands. The lot is secluded and on a paved road in the county about 20 minutes from the beach and about 5 minutes to the intercoastal.

The homeowner, Eric Brindley, has been living in it since 2007 and building it in his spare time paying cash as he built. The home has been overbuilt, I.E. 2X8 or 2×6 framing instead of 2×4. Double stud with cross bracing instead of single stud. Doubled up floor joists 12″ O.C. Extra 2x’s on all beams. All wood nailed and glued. 2″ thick steel reinforced concrete entryways. 7″ eps insulation in entryways instead of 4″ fiberglass, #5 rebar instead of #4.

Per Eric, “The Dome is very efficient and strong. It has been hit by several hurricanes and tropical storms with no damage at all. My neighbor’s conventional house was severely damaged by the storms. I keep the house at 72 degrees in the summer and warmer in winter. My electric bill is around $100 a month with no water/sewer bill because I’m on well/septic. The house is designed for very little maintenance. I post updated construction pictures on my dome Facebook page as I progress”

Features of the dome:
1. It has a 3 ton 13 seer central AC system.
2. All windows are 7/8 low e argon filled dual pane glass.
3. The 10 foot sliding door is 1 inch low e argon filled.
4. The concrete exterior is painted with elastomeric paint.
5. Has well and septic.
6. Has 4 skylights and a transom window…all low e.
7. All entryway walls are framed with 2×8 pressure treated pine.
8. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dome-home/877476018950432?sk=photos_stream&tab=photos_albums

Eric can be reached at 386-690-0195

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Finished 40′ Dome for Sale

14 miles from Asheville, North Carolina

In between Black Mountain and Bat Cave

Asking:  $265,999

The 40′ dome has 2,150 sq.ft. and sits atop 9′ Superior Walls basement and was built from an American Ingenuity steel reinforced concrete building kit.

The first level consists of a one bedroom with one full bath, laundry/furnace room, hobby room, garage and work shop.

The second level consists of a kitchen, two bedrooms, one full bath, dining room and great room.

The third level consists of the master bedroom with outside porch, walk in closet, exercise room and full bath.

Amenities include:

  • 2.46 acres atop a mountain side.
  • Propane water heater/on demand with no tank.
  • Outside wood burning furnace supplies heat in winter and unlimited hot water…has two zones but only using one zone.
  • 385′ well and septic system.

For information go to Facebook  www.facebook.com  under Carl Dipilla.

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For Sale

Dome in South Florida, Miami/Homestead

View this listing on REALTOR.com(R):

Property Address:

15261 SW 212 St

Miami, FL 33187

MLSID # D1171911

Basic Property Attributes:

$589,900

3 beds, 2.5 baths

1,532 sq. ft.

1.42 acres

The dome Owner’s name is John Menendez.

You can email him at jcmmenendez@aol.com

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34′ Dome for Sale in Putman County, Florida

$220,000 (negotiable)

An adorable brand new 98% finished 34′ (1,100 sq.ft.) two story American Ingenuity home with two bedrooms, two baths, two patios and a beautiful view is for sale.  The property sits on one acre on the St. John’s River in San Mateo, Florida and is located on a dead end.  The beach is a 25 minute drive.  The property has several fruit trees and a wooded area for your privacy.

This quaint home is ideal as a starter home, perfect for a fishing guide, or just a place to get away and relax.  Add your appliances and some flooring to make it home.  The dome has three French doors with two high profile entryways and one standard door with a standard entryway.  The second floor has two window dormers.  The AC is a Tempstar 2 ton system.  It has a deep well and the septic system is top of the line.  I’d love to stay and live here but my employment leads me elsewhere. Please contact E. Harbus at 215-200-0507 or click on email to email them.

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This Dome Has Sold!

34 ft in diameter – 2,023 sq.ft. Dome Home

on above ground garage

in North Port, Florida — 25 minutes from Beaches

This unique dome home by American Ingenuity was built to be very energy efficient and extreme weather resistant.  Family is moving and building another Ai dome.  See link below to go to the real estate site for picture.

  • – Round dome for wind resistance
  • – Concrete exterior for wildfire protection
  • – Dome above garage for flood avoidance
  • – Built 2005
  • – Sits on .95 acre
  • – 2,023 sq ft heated/cooled
  • – 2 bed (lrg), 2 full bath, 2 half bath
  • – Ceiling fans throughout (even in garage and pool)
  • – Large 2nd floor deck
  • – 2 ton AC, elec heat
  • – Pella doors and windows (the best)
  • – Solar hot water system
  • – Deep well, septic system
  • – Security system
  • – Inground fiberglas, solar heated, screened pool
  • – Irrigation system
  • – Hurricane ez mount shutters
  • – Backyard garden area with pond and waterfalls
  • – Outdoor lights front, back, and pool
  • – Within North Port, FL city limits
  • – 25 minutes from beaches
  • – Easy access to I-75
  • – Taxes around $1500/yr

 

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THESE DOMES SOLD

Partially Completed 48′ dome linked to a 30′ Dome

in Frostproof, Florida

48′ – 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath Dome Home of 2,746 sq.ft.
linked to a 30′ two car Garage Dome of 861 sq.ft.

These domes are up for sale because the owner does not have time to complete the project.

  • Two dome kits that cost $59,132 (includes taxes & shipping).
  • Engineer Sealed Building Plans and Florida Energy Report that cost $2,075
  • Fully assembled American Ingenuity Dome Building Kits.
  • All the interior framing and second floors installed.
  • Rough-in electrical and rough-in plumbing close to completion.
  • Septic tank and drainfield installed and approved.
  • A well drilled and approved.
  • Temporary power to the site.
  • Electric power connected to the well pump.
  • All the exterior doors (including the garage door) installed.
  • All the windows installed. All windows and French doors are double paned and are Energy Star rated.
  • Rough-in stairs completed.
  • One acre of land.

 

48′ Dome Home with 30′ Dome Garage

The 48′ dome home is linked to a 30′ dome garage.  There is 2,746 sq.ft. of living space in the 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home. The garage has 861 sq.ft. for a total square footage of 3,607.

The first floor of the dome home is 1,782 sq.ft. and is framed out for:

  • a 261 sq.ft. family room located between the kitchen and living room.
  • a 283 sq.ft. kitchen with a large walk in pantry. The Kitchen has a standard entryway with two french doors installed and window installed above where the sink would be located. The kitchen is plumbed out for a sink, dish washer and refrigerator.
  • a 163 sq.ft. master bath plumbed out for a commode, sink and shower. A window is installed in the window dormer.
  • a 235 sq.ft. master bedroom with large walk in closet. The bedroom has a standard entryway with two french doors installed.
  • a guest half bath off the kitchen is plumbed out for a commode and sink.
  • a 155 sq.ft. dining room
  • and a 265 sq.ft. living room with front door and side window on each side of the door installed.

The second floor of the home dome is 964 sq.ft. and is framed out for 500 sq.ft. game room with two skylights, two bedrooms and a bath.  Each bedroom has 157 sq.ft., a skylight and a window dormer that has a double paned window installed.  The bath is 82 sq.ft. plumbed out for a commode, sink, and tub/shower.

The home dome is connected to the garage dome via a 158 sq.ft. link containing the utility room with plumbing stubbed out for the washer, dryer, utility sink and AC.

The home dome has two standard entryways, one high profile entryway, one first floor window dormer, two second floor window dormers and five reflective skylights.  A pair of double paned French doors is installed in each standard entryway. Installed within the high profile entryway is a door with a window on each side of the door. The home dome is connected via a link to the 30′ garage dome. 

The garage dome has one standard entryway with a door and window installed and one garage entryway with a 12′ garage door installed.  The garage first floor is 623 sq.ft. and has a full bath plumbed out for a commode, sink and shower.  The second floor attic is 238 sq.ft.  The garage total square footage is 861 sq.ft.

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45' dome on full basement by pond in summer time. Has wooden stairs and wooden ladder to cupola.

45′ dome on full basement by pond in summer time. Has wooden stairs and wooden ladder to cupola.

THIS DOME HAS SOLD!

Dome Home in Willow Springs, Missouri  

45’ dome on finished basement with 30’ screened dome

Gorgeous 45′ diameter energy efficient American Ingenuity geodesic dome overlooking 2 acre lake.

3,900 sq. ft., four stories, including finished basement and cupola; 3 baths, 2 kitchens, sunken conversation pit, wet bar, fireplace, curved staircase w/mirrors, central vac system, sauna, hardwood and carpeted flooring, ceramic tile floors in bath, utility room and kitchen.

Insulated throughout; textured cement exterior, wrap around deck w/stairs

30 foot diameter screened dome.

Ten acre wooded setting, exceptional landscaping with over 100 hostas, gazebo, water ponds, water wheel, rock garden, cement drive, picnic and garden areas and more.

Too many extras to mention.

Low taxes, country living.  

For sale By Owner, Ralph Oliver

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Dome for Sale or Rent….THIS DOME HAS SOLD!!!
Five Minutes from the Atlantic Ocean
In New Smyrna Beach Florida 

1,980 sq.Ft. American Ingenuity dome 

  New appliances, 2 porches, fruit trees, new carpet,  washer and dryer, centralized de-humidifier,  very energy efficient

Rent for $1,000 a month (first and security Deposits required, Pets Allowed) 

live the dome life at a great price!

Call Hector Valle

 

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This Dome Has Sold!   Key Largo florida dome home

with unobstructed view of the atlantic ocean

This super strong, super energy efficient American Ingenuity 40’ dome home includes three bedrooms, two baths and has 2,407 sq.ft. on three levels. The home and its 460 sq.ft. screened-in balcony sets on top concrete pilings and a concrete platform right on the Atlantic Ocean. Under the platform is 1,500 sq.ft. of space with a height of 9’3” which is ideal for the parking of cars and an RV.

The home’s first floor is accessed from the ground level parking area with a 4ft x 4ft lift and an outside stairway. The lift is housed on the ground level parking area within a 16 X17 room which also includes 272 sq.ft. of storage space. Within the dome, a separate half circular steel stairway connects the first and second floors. The crow’s nest is accessed from the second floor via a ship’s ladder.

This lovely home is located on one of Florida’s beautiful keys, Key Largo. Miami International airport is about one hour north of the dome. Miami Beach is about 1 1/2 hours away and Key West is about 2 ½ hours or 100 miles.

Asking Price For the Dome: $599,000

The dome owners names are Joan and David Barrow.  Their Marr Properties Real Estate agent is Dan McAfee who can be reached at 305-451-4078 or toll free 800-277-3728.

The dome home address is:

Gulfstream Shores – CR 905

205 N. Ocean Dr. – Rt 7

Key Largo, FL 33037

The following is some general information about the home:

Location and Land Size:

  • In Gulfstream Shores which is in the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.
  • The dome is located in a very quiet neighborhood on a dead end street.
  • The lot is 75’X100’.
  • The Homeowner dues for the park and the Gulfstream Shores corporation are $130.00 per year
  • Within Gulfstream Shores there are 100 lots:
    • The state of Florida owns 42 lots
    • There are 32 homes with one home under construction
  • The Dome is across from the Homeowner’s park
    • The Homeowner park includes a boat ramp, Tiki hut, picnic tables and a dock for fishing

Certificate of Occupancy was received Dec. 24, 1987.

Square Footage under AC and Heat is 2,407:

Areas under AC and heat are the first and second floors and crow’s nest.

  • First floor: 1,517 sq.ft. Living, dining, kitchen, 2 BR, 1 Bath, Utility room
  • Second floor: 790 sq.ft Office, bath, bedroom with walk in closet
  • Crow’s next: 100 sq.ft. Twin bed sleeping area – great for reading
Screened Balcony
460 sq.ft.
Ground Level Storage
272 sq.ft.
Carport
1,530 sq.ft. w/ clearance of 9’3″.

HURRICANE READY:

  • This American Ingenuity super strong dome comes with a hurricane and tornado guarantee. The dome’s walls have an exterior of steel reinforced concrete with seven inch thick expanded bead polystyrene (E.P.S.) insulation (R-28). The dome shell’s interior is plastered.
  • Skylights are made of auto type glass, which will shatter, not break if hit by hurricane debris.
  • The home’s windows are wood inside and plastic outside with Plexiglas storm panels.
  • The crow’s nest windows are new, tinted and feature impact resistant glass.
  • Prior to a hurricane, the homeowner only has to shutter the sliding glass doors in the living room area.
  • The storage area under the house is constructed from concrete blocks with break-a-way wall construction.

INTERIOR FEATURES:

1. A Magnificent stained glass window is over the sliding glass doors that leads to a screened-in porch which has a beautiful unobstructed ocean view.

2. 5 triangular shaped Skylights.

3. Joan Purcell custom made reef wall decoration available to buyer.

4. Two Drawer 32″ deep locking Legal Fireproof File

5. Kitchen with built in appliance garages, built in cabinets and more than average storage.

6. Three Bedrooms:

  •   Two bedrooms are located on the first floor of the dome and each is large enough to have either a king bed or twin beds.
    • The master bedroom is on the second floor of the dome and has a built in queen size bed with drawers under the bed.
    • If you do not want to walk up the exterior stairs to access the first floor of the dome, you can use the lift from the ground level.

7. Two Baths:

  •   The bath on the first floor has a shower.
    • The bath on the second floor has an “Air Bubble” tiled tub.

Equipment and Appliances:

  • Nov 98 New A/C-Heat Compressor – 3 Ton 12 Seer – Janitrol
  • Jul. 01 – New Air handler – Lenox
  • Houston A/C maintenance contract can transfer to new owner
  • Dec. 87 -GE Washer & Dryer
  • Dec. 87 GE Side/side Frig/freezer with ice maker
  • Dec. 87 GE 4 burner electric stove with oven
  • Nov. 04 Magic Chef Microwave built in
  • Dec. 87 GE Mini Frig/freezer in 2nd floor office
  • Jul. 03 GE Dishwasher
  • Jul. 06 Garbage Disposal
  • 3 water heaters – Kitchen/Laundry Tankless – First floor bath is Tankless – Upstairs bath is regular
  • Clothes chute from 2nd floor to laundry area
  • Amway water filter to icemaker/kitchen sink/bath upstairs
  • X10 remote lighting control system installed
  • Telephone wiring to all rooms
  • Cable TV wiring to bedrooms and kitchen

UTILITIES:

  • Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Water with Fire Plug protection
  • Florida Keys Electric Co-operative
    • Heating and Cooling Costs for 2004 were $1,408.
    • Heating and Cooling Costs for 2005 were $1,623. The increased cooling and heating costs were due to an increase in rates not an increase in usage.
  • No gas available except propane.
  • Septic tank – no central sewer available.

compare american ingenuity’s

dome building kit

to other housing kits

American Ingenuity hopes that you will research other housing kits. When you research other kit contents and other kit pricing, we believe that you will find that Ai’s kit provides more but its price is about one half less.

Why can American Ingenuity’s building kit provide more than other kits? It is far more practical to build a dome with concrete than wood and applying concrete and wall board to blocks of rigid seven inch thick expanded bead polystyrene (E.P.S.) insulation produces a panel that provides the structure, most of the exterior finish, the insulation and the interior shell finish.

Why is the American Ingenuity building kit about one half less in price than other housing kits? The Ai building kit is such a good price mainly because of the component panel design and its materials. The component panel consists of all the R-28 insulation, most of the exterior steel reinforced concrete finish and all the interior shell wall board. In conventional houses you will likely have to purchase roof trusses, plywood, roofing, exterior walls, siding, insulation, and ceiling/exterior wall drywall plus pay for the installation of the trusses, exterior walls, insulation, roofing, siding and wall board.

The following are other reasons why Ai’s kits have a better price than other housing kits.

  • Ai’s business philosophy of each person paying for only what they need results in a lower kit price as American Ingenuity does not have an 800 number, its literature prices are based on their printing costs, only its clients who need an engineering seal pay for one, etc.
  • Ai maintains a lower advertising cost and concentrates more on improving the design than pushing sales.
  • None of our staff is on commission.
  • Due to lower labor costs in Florida, Ai can manufacture in Florida and ship to almost any other location cheaper than it would cost to manufacture there.

What is the advantage of building a house from concrete instead of wood? Building a conventional house out of wood is difficult enough to get all the wood pieces to fit.  It is especially difficult to get all the wood pieces to fit for a geodesic dome due to the angles and dimension changes.

That is why the founder of American Ingenuity, Michael Busick, knew there had to be a better way to build a geodesic dome than with wood. He took the time to invent our component panel and receive a patent on it. Because of his choice of building materials, seven inch thick blocks of E.P.S. insulation, concrete, steel mesh and wall board, American Ingenuity has found its kit to be very forgiving. The E.P.S. insulation can be cut with a knife so some of the insulation can be removed easily if need be. During shipment if some of the insulation is broken, it can be glued back on with expanding foam or pieces of scrap foam can be used to fill the hole. Concrete can fill and cover whatever you need it to.

Can I assemble the panels myself? Ai’s kit was designed for do-it-yourselfers. So not only does American Ingenuity’s clients save money on the building kit they can also save money on the assembly of the panels by erecting the panels themselves. About 40% of our clients assembly their kit, many with no construction experience. The Component Panels, Building Plans and Assembly Manual come marked with numbers and letters. If you do not have the time or do not want to assemble the building kit, you can hire a local contractor to select and coordinate the subs for the typical jobs such as foundation, plumbing, electrical, framing, heating/air conditioning, installation of your locally purchased doors/windows, etc. For the shell assembly, you or your contractor/builder can hire a consultant who will supervise your laborers or  your builder’s subs and get the dome shell kit erected and then the Consultant goes home. To learn more about this service click on Kit Assembly Consultant.

If you hire all the work out, the finished price per square foot on the dome will be about the same as a conventional house in your area. Mainly because all the doors, windows, plumbing, electrical, flooring, kitchen cabinets, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures, etc. are the same as is needed for a conventional house….but you end up with so much more. The American Ingenuity Dome provides super-energy efficiency, super-strength, no wood in the shell for termites to eat or to burn, no shingles to replace, etc.

ADVANTAGES OF THE AMERICAN INGENUITY DOME HOME

  • Superior Structural Strength and Integrity.
  • Energy Efficiency unmatched in homes costing 40% more.
  • Low Exterior Maintenance, all concrete.
  • A design that will not age with time. It will not become antiquated.
  • Fire resistant exterior.
  • Easier for a homeowner to build than conventional construction.
  • Low environmental impact. Less wood in construction. Less energy to maintain.

DOME COMPANIES TO RESEARCH

Concrete Domes:

  • American Ingenuity Domes: www.aidomes.com prefabricated component panels
  • Monolithic Domes www.monolithic.com http://www.monolithic.com/plan_design/mdconst/index.html
    • Inflate a fabric airform
    • Spray three inches of polyurethane foam insulation on the underside of the airform
    • Attach steel reinforcing rebar to the foam using horizontal and vertical steel rebar
    • Spray three inches of shotcrete concrete onto the interior surface of the dome covering the rebar

Fiberglass Dome

Wood domes with shingles:

Dome with steel tube frame and canvas cover:

The following info pertains to stock plans sale prices & kit sale prices for each of American Ingenuity’s stock plans.  Please scroll down this article to find the chart.  The Chart lists the name of a stock plan, the number and type of building options (entryways and dormers) for that plan and the regular and sale pricing for the building plans and the regular and sale pricing for the dome building kit specific to that plan.  

Below the chart, there is info and  various costs or fees for items that can be purchased from American Ingenuity:  Building Plan Contents,  Engineer Seal Cost for the Plans,  Engineer Design Fee for any foundation other than monolithic slab,   Energy Report Fee,   Structural Calculations Fee,   American Ingenuity’s Parts List Pricing,   Shipping Costs,   Kit Assembly Time & Costs  and   Finished Costs per sq.ft. 

Above American Ingenuity Dome Kit   Assembled and Finished on Basement

Ai Dome is perfect for wooded areas because – no wood in or on the dome panels to burn

 10% DISCOUNT* OFF AMERICAN INGENUITY’S

DOME KIT WITH ONE ENTRYWAY PRICING 

 IF ORDER PLACED BY  November 1, 2017

SAVE $1,608 – $6,011 – accept delivery by May 16, 2018

PREFAB PANELS  INCLUDE 7″ EPS (R-28) INSULATION, 1/2″ DENSARMOR GYPSUM DRYWALL
& 3/4″ EXTERIOR CONCRETE REINFORCED W’ GALVANIZED STEEL MESH & FIBERS

10% off basic dome kit with one entryway pricing
25% off — All Stock, Modified or Custom Residential or Commercial Dome Building Plans 

If ordered prior to  November 1, 2017

American Ingenuity’s (Ai’s) stock floor plans show the locations for your locally purchased doors and windows.   For structural integrity where ever your exterior doors and windows will be installed, an “awning” or “eyebrow” is installed on your dome. Ai calls these “awnings” or “eyebrows” entryways and dormers and gives them a category name called Building Options. Under these entryways or dormers you or your framing subcontractor frames in a vertical wall and installs your windows and doors.  To view sale pricing on the Tiny Domes – 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′, & 34′, click on Tiny Home Sale Pricing.

The basic dome kit consists of all the prefabricated component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. The discount is taken on the kit with one entryway pricing.  Because we do not know which plan you will select, Ai starts with a dome kit with one entryway pricing and adds on the exact type and number of building options at current pricing per your plan selection.

The kit includes no windows, exterior doors, or any interior items other than the 1/2″ DensArmor drywall on the prefab triangle & riser panels.  One 27’ or larger dome kit requires one semi-truck for delivery. American Ingenuity believes the dome kit buyer should not pay shipping costs for another truck to receive items that can be competitively priced & purchased locally; i.e.  windows, doors, flooring,  bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, etc.

There is a diagram below the pricing chart which helps clarify what the entryways and dormers look like.

  • Stock plans have a predetermined type and number of entryways and dormers.  These building options are listed next to the stock plan name.  Of course you can change any of these options by having our design team modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches on the dome planners….these stock plans are simply a starting point.  To learn about modified or custom plans, view Custom.    To learn more about the options (entryways and dormers) view Building Options.
  • Ai’ standard foundation is monolithic slab. However Ai can design other foundations; i.e. stem wall, basement, pilings, concrete block columns, etc. We do not sell Basement Kits. Although we do provide stock or custom basement building plans. Basements are built locally using standard items; i.e. concrete blocks, insulated concrete blocks (ICF), premade concrete walls or on site poured concrete walls. View Basements to learn more.  For Ai to design a foundation over than a slab, an engineer fee is added to the Plans Quote to cover the cost for an engineer to calculate the load of the dome and the load of the two floors within the dome and give joist/edge beam size/spacing and foundation design to our CAD department to incorporate within the plans.
  • To name the stock plans, Ai uses Greek words (Omega, Alpha, Delta) and numbers (21, 22, etc) along with the dome diameter. For example 27 Alpha 11: the first two digits are the dome diameter in feet, a Greek word and then a number.
  • Near the end of this article is info on  Building Plan Contents, Engineer Seal Cost for Plans, Energy Report, Structural Calculations, Parts List Items, Shipping, Kit Assembly time and costs and finished cost per sq.ft..

Please call American Ingenuity Mon-Fri 9-5 eastern time at 321-639-8777 for further clarification.

Within the Sale Pricing Chart Below Ai uses Abbreviations

to designate the type of entryways and dormers that are in each plan 

These are the Definitions.

Entryway – Structural Awning under which on site a 2×4 or 2×6 framed wall with headers is installed to frame in your locally purchased doors and windows or a bank of windows.

1E – One Standard Entryway
4E – Four Entryways
1HP – One High Profile Entryway
1GE – One G Type Entryway

Window Dormer – Structural Awning under which on site a 2×4 or 2×6 framed wall is installed to frame in a single window.

1WD – One Window Dormer – 1st floor
2WD – Two Window Dormers – 1st floor
1WD2 – One Window Dormer – 2nd floor
2WD2 – Two Window Dormers – 2nd floor

Door Dormer – Structural Awning under which on site a 2×4 or 2×6 framed wall is installed to frame in a single door.

1DD – One Door Dormer – 1st floor
2DD – Two Door Dormers – 1st floor
1DD2 – One Door Dormer – 2nd floor
2DD2 – Two Door Dormers – 2nd floor

Link – Connects two domes together.  Its location is where first floor door dormer panels or entryway panels would have been installed. Consists of either 3 1/2″ or 7″  Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation, 1/2″ Drywall adhered to EPS interior with drywall adhesive. On site galvanized steel mesh and fiber concrete are applied to the exterior of the EPS.  On site the link panels are custom fitted  to the dome panels.

Riser Panel Heights – All dome kits come with standard 4’ vertical riser panels.  However the 22’ & 27’ kits can have custom 5’ risers instead of 4′ risers.  The 30’ or larger domes can have a custom two foot riser installed above the standard 4’ risers.   The 15’ & 18’ kit pricing includes 4’ risers plus 2’ risers.

 Dome Diameters and Typical Bedroom/Bath Numbers For Each Size Dome

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

To view Kit Sizes & square footages, click on Specs.

Dome Diameter and Dome’s Maximum Square Footage Converted to Meters

Ai can convert its Building Plans from Feet & Square Feet to Meters & Square Meters for Small Fee

Diameter in feet converted to Meters:

15′ = 4.60 M
18′ = 5.49 M
22′ = 6.71 M
27’ = 8.23 M
30′ = 9.14 M
34′ = 10.36 M
36′ = 10.97 M
40′ = 12.19 M
45′ = 13.72 M
48′ = 14.68 M
Maximum Square Footage for each Dome Diameter converted to square meters

15’ – 179 sq. ft. = 16.63 sq. meters
18’ – 272 sq. ft. =  25.27 sq. meters
22’ – 370 sq. ft.  = 34.37  sq. meters
27’ – 786 sq. ft. = 73.02  sq. meters
30’ – 878 sq. ft. = 81.57  sq. meters
34’ – 1,278 sq. ft. = 118.73 sq. meters
36’-  1,418 sq. ft. = 131.73 sq. meters
40’ – 1,845 sq. ft. = 171.41 sq. meters
45’ – 2,440 sq. ft. = 226.68 sq. meters
48’- 2,830 sq. ft. = 262.92 sq. meters

 First Floor Square Footage converted to square meters:

15’ – 179 sq. ft. = 16.63 Sq. Meters
18’ – 272 sq. ft. = 25.27  Sq. Meters
22’ –  370 sq. ft. = 34.37 Sq. Meters
27’  – 555 sq. ft. =  51.56 Sq. Meters
30’ – 665 sq. ft = 61.78 Sq. Meters
34’ – 852 sq. ft =  79.15 Sq. Meters
36’ – 946 sq. ft. = 87.88 Sq. Meters
40’ – 1,178 sq.   =  109.44 Sq. Meters
45’ – 1,489 sq. ft.  =  138.33  Sq. Meters
48’  – 1,693 sq. ft. = 157.29 Sq. Meters

Second Floor Square Footage converted to square meters

27′ – 231 sq ft – 21.46 sq meter
30′ – 213 sq ft – 19.70 sq meter
34′ – 427 sq ft- 39.67 sq meter
36′ – 470 sq ft- 43.66 sq  meter
40′ – 667 sq ft- 61.96 sq. meter
45′ –  951 sq ft. -88.36 sq. meter
48′ – 1,137 sq ft. – 105.63 sq. meter

Optional Third Floor Loft Square Footage converted to square meters

40′ – 112 sq ft = 10.41 sq meters
45′ – 142 sq ft = 13.19 sq meters
48′ – 162 sq ft = 15.05 sq meters

All Domes Can Be Designed Without a Second Floor

To view stock plans for One Story Prefab Kit, click on One Story Residence.  This link has all the Stock Plans layouts for each stock plan listed below.   Any of the domes can be designed for a commercial structure.

 

The Plan Sale Price in the Chart Below includes the 25% Plans Discount.
The Kit w’ Option’s Sale Price in the Chart Below
Includes the 10% Kit w’ one entryway Discount.

 

American Ingenuity’s basic kit pricing includes all the triangular and four foot vertical riser panels for the dome exterior walls and panels for one entryway.  Your floor plan selection, determines the type and number of the entryways and dormers. Due to small size of the 15′ & 18′ tiny homes, these kits have standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.  22′ & 27′ kits can have five foot riser instead of the four foot riser.  30′- 48′ kits can have taller entryways and custom two foot risers installed above 4′ risers which results in 9’6″ or 10′ first floor ceiling heights in rooms that have second floor above them.  To view the building options available for each size dome, click on Options.

To view Ai’s current discount on the dome kit with one entryway, view Sale.  To view sale pricing on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Domes. To view info and stock plans for the Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Plans.

After the panels are installed, the galvanized steel mesh from one panel over laps the steel mesh from another panel, is locked with C rings & pliers and depressed into the seam with on site special fiber/admixture concrete applied into the seams in two applications. The seam areas average two inches thick concrete.  Engineers tell us the seam areas act like steel beams.  The process of assembling the prefab panels produces the structural components, completes the finished exterior surface, installs all the insulation and installs all the shell drywall.  As a result the Aidome kit allows for reduced on site labor and quicker shell assembly time versus conventional construction

Why do I need entryways and dormers to install windows and doors? At specific locations around the perimeter of the dome, triangles and riser panels can be left out to provide openings where you or your framer installs a framed wall with your locally purchased doors and windows. To compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways and dormers have to be installed.  Diagram below helps clarify what these items look like. Please call American Ingenuity Mon-Fri 9-5 eastern time at 321-639-8777 for further clarification.

Diagram Identifying

3domes

 

Skylights or Solar Tubes can be purchased from other companies and installed in the prefab panels on site. Just do not cut within eight inches of the center of a seam.  If you tell us what size dome you are interested in, we can give you the size skylight which could be installed in that dome’s panel.  For additional light max out the number of second floor window dormers and second floor door dormers (install a tall window instead of a door for extra light on the second floor).

The building plan’s pricing listed below does not include an engineer seal on the plans or energy report or fee for an engineer to design basement/stem wall/ columns, pilings, etc.  It is Ai’s philosophy that each Buyer pays for only what they need. Ai does not burden the price of the building kit with plan’s pricing, engineer seal cost, structural calculations or energy report cost. Building plans are purchased three months  to two years prior to kit shipment.  About 50% of the building departments require engineer sealed plans and an energy report to issue a permit. As a result each buyer pays for their plans separately from the building kit and pays for a seal, calculations and energy report only if their building department requires them.  If you give us your property address or tax ID number & building department name, at no cost to you, Ai will call the plans examiner and inquire what is needed to obtain a building permit on the American Ingenuity dome kit.

Payment:  Building Kit orders require a 30% deposit for 22′ through 36′ domes and 40% for 40′ through 48′ domes along with a signed Order Form, Conditions of Sale (Warranty) and Specialized Material Agreement. The final payment (balance including shipping) is in the form of a cashier’s check or bank check or wire transfer 21 days prior to kit shipment. For Building Kits shipped to Florida sites, add 6% sales tax plus your counties surtax.  Plans are paid in full prior to scheduling design. Clients pay mailing costs for the plans.  Your building plan pdfs are emailed so locally sets of blueprints can be plotted for subcontractors, etc.  Plans can be paid via Visa, Master Card, Discover, personal check or money order. Ai does not accept American Express.

Shipping: Minimum shipping cost is $800 within Florida.  Shipment out of Florida is approximately $2.70 – $2.90 per mile per one semi-truck with 53 foot step deck from Ai’s plant in Rockledge, Florida to your site.   One truck can carry one Kit with 7″ EPS insulation for the sizes 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′, or 48′.  Or one truck can carry one 22’ & one 27’ kit or two 22′ Kits.  Two trucks are required for the 60′ dome.   The 45′ or 48′ kits with 9″ insulation require two trucks for delivery.  USA arrangements for shipping is made by American Ingenuity. Or  you can coordinate with Ai for your semi-truck to pick up the kit.  Shipping costs can change without notice due to fuel costs, fuel surcharges, distances, etc.  Please call our office, 321-639-8777, to find out our latest shipping information.

The 15’ kit and 18’ kit  can be picked up by the buyer if the following size truck, trailer and straps are used.  (each with one entryway, 7” EPS & one set of 2×4’s for temporary wooden rib system)

15′ kit: 

1/2 ton truck minimum (Ai recommends 3/4 ton truck )
13 ea.  2″ x 30′  straps Working Load Limit 3000 lbs.
Trailer specifications
7′ wide 20′ long minimum
tandem axle 3000 lbs. each axle
axles with brakes
bed height of 48″ max

18′ kit: 

1/2 ton truck minimum  (Ai recommends 3/4 ton truck )
13 ea.  2″ x 30′  straps Working Load Limit 3000 lbs.
Trailer specifications
7′ wide 22′ long trailer minimum
tandem axle 3000 lbs. each axle
axles with brakes
bed height of 36″ max

Delivery:  Allow 2 – 4 weeks for Stock Floor Plans. Allow at least 5 weeks for modified plans and 10 weeks for custom plans. Depending on time of year, for Building Kits allow 6 to 8 to 12 weeks after completing building kit orders and placing deposit.   Plan pricing is for one dome & two sets of plans. If two domes then pricing is based on the diameter of each dome.  The Plans Pricing does not include an Engineer Seal or an Energy Report or structural calculations. These items can be purchased from American Ingenuity if required by your building department to issue a building permit. Conditions and costs may change requiring our prices to increase without prior notice.

Below is listed info and  various costs or fees for items that can be purchased from American Ingenuity:  Building Plan Contents, Engineer Seal Cost for the Plans,  Engineer Design Fee for any foundation other than monolithic slab,   Energy Report Fee,   Structural Calculations Fee,   American Ingenuity’s Parts List Pricing,   Shipping Costs,   Kit Assembly Time & Costs  and   Finished Costs per sq.ft. 

 

 

 

Continued…

Building Plan Composition 

 

This page covers importing geodesic dome home kits.  The Kits can be shipped in containers to any destination in the world.  International Buyers purchase the American Ingenuity dome and pay USA inland trucking costs & ocean shipping costs, because they know they cannot build or buy any conventional home as strong or fire resistant or energy efficient as an American Ingenuity concrete dome. Below are answers to our most frequently asked importing questions and info on what size containers are needed to ship each dome kit size.   To view the dome kit sizes converted to meters, click on Sizes in Meters.

importing Faroe Island Dome

American Ingenuity Dome Being Built on Basement – North Of England

To date Ai has sold dome kits into 47 U.S.A states and fourteen foreign areas. American Ingenuity has exported domes into Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands-St. Kitts and St. Croix, West Indies-Nieves, Canada, Israel, Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahrain, the Faroe Islands (between Iceland/Scotland/Norway) and Tasmania (near Australia). 

Please note the wooden 2×4 rib system is temporary, once all the panel seams/entryways/dormers receive two layers of on site fiber concrete and the entryways and dormers are framed in, the dome is self supporting and the wooden rib system is removed. Some of the wood can be used for interior framing & framing of second floor perimeter knee wall.  There is no wood in or on the American Ingenuity dome exterior walls to rot or to be eaten by termites or to burn.  There are no shingles to blow off in high winds.  No shingles to burn in a forest fire.  The exterior concrete is primed and painted.  The entryways and dormers are framed in with pressure treated wood to accept your locally purchased doors and windows.  To view our web site page that lists what comes in a kit, click on Kit Contents.  To view dome home plans for each size dome, click on Dome Home Plans.

 

Container shipping

Container With 34′ Dome Kit Inside –
ready for semi-truck to pick up and take to USA port for shipment to Tasmania

The following is a list of our most commonly asked importing questions with their answers. 

Q: Do you export the concrete dome kits?

A: Yes. Ai. domes have been exported outside the continental USA. Requests for shipment into your area are best handled by freight forwarders located at your local ports.  Call Ai and give us the receiving port name and names of freight forwarders you want Ai to call about shipping costs and Ai will call for quote.  The freight forwarder will give costs for inland trucking company to bring the container(s) to our factory to be loaded and returned to USA port and ocean shipping costs to your port.

To work with your freight forwarder and assist them with the international paperwork, there is a fee of $200.

Q: What is the most shipping cost paid by dome buyer to receive their Dome Building Kit?

A:  Ai had a buyer in Tasmania (near Australia) who paid $18,000 to ship one 34’ Dome kit with 7” EPS insulation in one 40′ high cube container.  He paid this shipping cost because he knew he could not build or buy any conventional home as strong or fire resistant or energy efficient as an American Ingenuity concrete dome.

The Ai dome is more energy efficient than a conventional house, because of the thick insulation, the reduced exterior surface area and because the exterior walls of Ai dome contain no wood to interrupt the insulation.

Q: Does American Ingenuity have an engineering statement about your dome panels?

A:  Yes, to view the statement click on Engineering.

Q: Please explain about the temporary wooden rib system which supports the panels during kit assembly:

A: American Ingenuity’s Dome Building Kits are erected using a wood rib system to temporarily hold the panels in place until the seam concrete, concrete on the entryways, dormers, cupola and link has cured and the entryways and dormers are framed in. The system is dismantled upon completion of the dome and the 2x4s are recycled as part of the interior framing. Shorter 2×4’s can be used to frame the second floor perimeter knee wall. Behind this knee wall, electrical, plumbing or ducting can be run or the second floor perimeter space can be used for storage.

The Rib System consists of using your own 2x4s, bolts/nuts/washers purchased from Ai and steel hubs purchased from America Ingenuity to assemble a free standing framework which matches the geometry of the dome.  Or Ai can cut, drill and paint the ribs and ship them in the container with your building kit.

Q: Due to high shipping cost to return steel hubs to American Ingenuity from out of country, can the steel hubs be purchased from American Ingenuity? 

A: Yes for three frequency domes (30′ – 48′) the 46 Hubs are purchased from Ai for approx. price of $2,070.  For two frequency domes (15′,18′, 22′ & 27′) the 26 steel hubs are purchased for approx. price of $1,170.

Q: A container has all sides enclosed except for the end versus a kit shipped within the USA is shipped on a semi- truck that has all sides open. How do you load the dome kit into the container?

A: For loading a container Ai has to rent a telescoping forklift which allows the forks to extend into the container to place stacks of panels 39 feet back into the container to load the container. As a result Ai’s forklift cannot be used to load the kit into the container. The rental cost on the telescoping fork lift is $800 for one day rental. If your order includes two or more containers, the telescoping forklift will need to be rented for two days or more. Two day rental cost is approximately $1,235.

Onsite the panels are unloaded by hand one at a time. 

Q: Besides the dome kit and the misc. parts that I can order from American Ingenuity, can I purchase cut, drilled, painted 2×4’s to erect the temporary wooden rib system?

A: Yes the 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai with Ai cutting them to specific lengths, drilling holes and painting the ends. The steel hubs have each leg painted a specific color to match the same color 2×4.  Due to fluctuating 2×4 prices we cannot list exact price. Pricing will be based on current 2×4 costs at the time of shipment.  Ai does not add overhead costs to the labor to cut the 2×4’s. Only the labor costs to cut the 2×4’s plus the actual 2×4 cost determines the pricing.

For two freq domes (15′, 18′, 22’ or 27’) there are 75 – 2×4’s for approx. price of $605. For three freq domes (30′ – 48’)  135 – 2×4’s can be purchased for approx.price of $1,088.  The temporary support system needs 2×4’s cut to a precise length, holes drilled in both ends of the 2×4’s that make the triangles and one hole drilled in the 2×4 leg for the riser wall, and ends painted red, white or blue to match the steel hub leg color. Ai can email the cutting & drilling specs for the 2×4’s to be cut, drilled & painted on site. We realize this cutting, drilling and painting is difficult and time consuming for our clients; therefore, the 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai.

Q: Isn’t shipping expensive to export your kit into my country?
A:
Yes, but if you look at the low cost of the Ai building kits….usually the kits are one third to one half less in cost than the cost for materials to build the exterior walls and roof of a conventional house in your area….that savings can typically cover your shipping costs and more…hoisting mechanism,etc.  Plus you receive more from the Ai Dome, greater strength (225 mph & F4 tornado guarantee) and greater energy efficiency (insulation comparable to 11″ of fiberglass batting) than a conventional house can offer.

American Ingenuity’s manufacturing costs in Florida are well below the national average, which offsets any long distance shipping expenses. Ai can actually manufacture a kit in Florida and ship it to countries cheaper than we could manufacture it there.

PRICING COMPARISONS: When you research other building kit pricing, generally you will find that Ai’s kit pricing is about one third to one half less than conventional building kits. The reason Ai’s kits have a better price is not magic.

  • The primary reason is the design concept. It is far more practical to build a dome with concrete than wood and applying the concrete to rigid foam insulation produces a component panel that provides structure, exterior finish, the insulation and the shell wall board.
  • Our philosophy of each person paying for only what they need; results in a lower kit price as our literature prices are based on their printing costs and only our clients who need an engineering seal, energy report, engineering calculations, etc. pay for those items.
  • Ai’s staff is not on commission.
  • Due to lower labor costs in Florida, Ai can manufacture in Florida and ship to any other location cheaper than it would cost to manufacture in that area.

Remember to compare apples to apples when pricing each company’s building kit. Ai’s panels include all the R-28 insulation already installed, 80% of the dome’s prefinished concrete exterior reinforced with fibers and galvanized steel mesh and all the interior 1/2″ DensArmor shell drywall. In conventional houses you will likely have to purchase the roof trusses, exterior walls, insulation, roofing and ceiling wall drywall and pay for the installation of the trusses, exterior walls, insulation, roofing and drywall. With Ai’s kit the assembly process is placing panels on a temporary wooden rib system, cementing entryways, dormers and the seams between the panels and filling the shell interior wall board seams with joint compound and tape.

Q: What size containers are required to ship American Ingenuity Dome Building Kits?
A:
Until we see the floor plan that you select for your dome(s) we cannot quote the exact number of 20′ high cube container or 40′ high cube container(s) or 45′ high cube container(s) that will be needed.   Your floor plan selection determines the type and number of building options (entryways, dormers, link, cupola, additional risers, etc.) that will be included with your Building Kit.  The following number of containers could increase if all the building options for that size dome are purchased.

To save space Ai usually ships most of the same size items together. So until we can add up each size panel for your floor plan, we do not know the number of containers that will be needed for your order.  Due to the large size triangles of a 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes, the triangle shaped H panels will not fit in the container.  American Ingenuity trims the EPS/wallboard tips off the H panels so that the remaining H panel will fit in the container.  On site during assembly, the tips are reattached with expanding foam supplied with the kit at no cost.

The following info about riser height is explained, because the height of the riser panels effects how many containers are needed for shipment.

Q:  Please explain about the Riser Panels that come with each kit.

A: American Ingenuity includes a four foot tall riser panels in the building kit at no extra cost.

The four foot tall riser panels allow for more vertical space near the perimeter of the first floor.  Because of the spherical dome shape, usually 30% to 50% of the first floor is left open so that the living room and dining room are located under high vaulted ceilings.  This allows for a partial second floor to be installed.  The first floor ceiling height in the 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′  & 36′ domes that have a second floor above them is 7 1/2 feet.  The first floor ceiling height in the 40′ and larger domes that have a second floor built above them is 8′.

Q: Can the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have a second floor built above them be taller than 7 1/2′ or 8′?

A:  Yes.  Custom Two Foot Tall Riser Panels can be  installed above standard four foot tall risers. To achieve a taller ceiling height in first floor rooms not under high vaulted ceilings purchase a 2′ tall riser to be installed above the standard 4′ riser.  This results in the first floor ceiling height of rooms not under high vaulted areas

  • 9’6″ for 27′, 30, 34, 36′ (with second floor door dormer)
  • 10′ for 36′ dome with out second floor door dormer
  • 10′ for 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes.

Possible Containers needed to ship American Ingenuity dome building kits.  Because a container has sides, Ai has to rent a telescopic forklift boom to load the container.  Call for current equipment rental costs.

The Ai dome building kits 30′ thru 48′ come with a standard 4′ tall vertical riser panels.  The 15′ & 18′ kits come with 4′ riser panels & 2′ riser panels. The 15′ & 18′ kits can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS instead of standard 7″ EPS.  The 22′ & 27′ kits come with either four foot riser or five foot riser panels.  Ai cannot manufacture kits larger than 18′ with 3 1/2″ because the thinner insulation makes the larger panels too flexible causing the concrete to crack.

  • One 15’ – kit with 3 ½” EPS (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (with 2×4’s) and one 22’ with 7” EPS, ½” drywall (4’ risers) (with 2×4’s) can fit in one 40’ high cube container. H panel tips are not trimmed.
  • One 15’ kit with 3 ½” EPS (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (with 2×4’s) (no link) (can have ½” drywall) can fit in one 20’ standard container
  • Two 15’ kits with 3 ½” EPS with one entryway on each kit (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (can have ½” drywall) (no 2×4’s) (no link) will fit in one 20’ standard container.
  • One 15’ kit and one 18’ kit each with 3 ½” EPS with one entryway on each kit (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (no ½” drywall) (no 2×4’s) (no link) is a real tight fit in one 20’ standard container.
  • Four 15′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • Eight 15′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 18’ kit with the panels having 7” eps, ¾” concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers and ½” DensArmor Drywall with one entryway and one window dormer will fit in one 20’ standard container. The kit has 4’ risers and additional 2’ risers made from 7” eps/concrete/drywall.
  • Two 18′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 18’ kit with 3 1/2 “ EPS (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (with 2×4’s) (no link) (can have ½” drywall) will fit in one 20’ standard container.
  • Two 18’ kits with 3 ½” EPS WITH NO DRYWALL AND NO STEEL REINFORCED CONCRETE will fit in one 20’ standard container.   The kit has 4’ risers and additional 2’ risers made from 3 ½” eps.   On site after the panels are assembled, hand tie galvanized steel mesh on the exterior and apply fiber concrete over the entire exterior.  1,000 sq.ft. of 1”x1” galvanized steel mesh is needed.
  • Four 18′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 22′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with standard 4′ risers will fit into one 20′ high cube container.  However it is a very tight fit.  2×4’s for temporary rib system will not fit.   Link will not fit.  
  • One 22′ kit with 7″ EPS with 5′ risers, 2×4’s for temporary rib system and link panels will fit in two 20′ high cube containers.
  • Two 22′ kits w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ or 5′ risers can fit in one 40′ high cube container. 2×4’s for rib system will fit. Link will not fit.
  • One 27′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ or 5′ risers can fit in one 40′ high cube container.  Link and 2×4’s for rib system will fit.
  • One 22′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with  4′ risers and one 27′ kit with 4′ risers require one 45′ high cube container.
  • Two 27′ kits with 7″ EPS will not fit in one container or on one semi truck.
  • One 22′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers and one 27′ kit with 4′ risers can possibly fit in one 40′ high cube container and possibly one 20′ container.
  • One 30′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 40′ high cube container or two 20′ high cube containers. Link will not fit. 2×4’s for rib system will fit.
  • One 34′ kit w’ 7″EPS with 4′ risers  requires one 40′ high cube container or three 20′ high cube containers.
  • One 36′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 40′ high cube container.  2×4’s for rib system will fit. Link will not fit.
  • One 36′ kit w’ 9″ EPS w’ 4′ risers requires one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 40′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires  one 45′ high cube container. 2×4’s for rib system will fit. Link will not fit. H panel tips may need to be trimmed.
  • One 40′ kit w’ 9″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 45′ high cube container. 
  • One 40′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers can be shipped in one 45′ high cube container or  three 20′ high cube containers. H panel tips may need to be trimmed.  2×4’s for rib system will fit.  If a link is included may need one other 20′ high cube container. (due to shape of triangles and size of 20′ container there is wasted space in the 20′ container versus shipping in 40′ high cube containers)
  • One 45’ kit W’ 7″ EPS with 4′ riser requires one 45′ high cube container and one 20′ high cube container.  H panels will need to be trimmed. A link will fit.  2×4’s for rib system will fit.
  • One 48′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 45′ high cube containers and one 20′ container. H panel tips will need to be trimmed to fit in the container.

Q: Do you have freight forwarder who can estimate the shipping cost on the containers?
A: Yes. 
SR International Logistics, Inc. is a full service international freight forwarder.  David Ross at SR International Logistics Inc. info is www.SRInternational.com 2525 16th Street #208 Denver CO Tel: 1-720-855-3115 Fax: 1-720-855-6464  email: dross@srinternational.com  

Q: Do you have any information on shipping one 40′ high cube container to Port of Spain, Trinidad Tobago?
A: Yes, here is container trucking info and ocean shipping quote to Port of Spain Trinidad as of October 2015.  One 40′ kit can fit in one 40′ high cube container. (H panel tips are cut off to fit in the container and reattached with Enerfoam on site.)

MSC– William Diaz 1 305-477-9277 Ext 75042 email: wdiaz@msn.us
Trucking Cost – 1,496.00 (drop container at Ai factory and pick up next day & delivery to port)
Ocean Shipping – $2,935.00 from Port Everglades, Florida to Port of Spain, Trinidad
Hazardous fee – $100.00 (cans of Enerfoam (adhesive) and cans of cleaner for enerfoam metal dispensing gun cause container to be labelled Hazardous. Results in $100 fee)
Total Trucking & shipping on one Hazardous 40’ High Cube Container  – $ 4,531.00

Q: Do you have any information on shipping to Hawaii?
A:
Yes, shipping to Hawaii involves: containers being delivered to our factory to be loaded; once loaded the containers are transported by truck to a port in California. Then the containers are loaded onto a ship. The company that delivered the containers to our factory was Falcon Transport, Inc. at POBox 411 , Bird-In-Hand, Penna 17505-0411; their phone number is 717-687-0471.

A past rate to have a 40 foot container spotted at our factory here in Rockledge, Fl 32955 and shipped through to Port Hilo, Hi was $14,618. Matson Navigation jhorbaczewski@matson.com at 415-957-4000 handled the boat shipping to Hawaii.

A 45’ kit  requires two containers. A 34’ kit requires one 40′ High Cube container for a shipping of about $14,618.

For example a 45′ kit and a 27′ kit requires two 40′ high cube containers and one 20′ high cube container.

Q: Do you have any information on shipping to Nieves in the West Indies?
A:
Yes, a past rate to have a 40 foot container spotted at our factory here in Rockledge, Fl 32955 and shipped through to Nieves was $8,812.

Q: Do you have any information on shipping to Puerto Rico?
A:
Yes, one of our clients in Puerto Rico purchased two domes, a 34′ and a 45′. Our client used two flat racks and one container that were shipped on Sea Star from the Jacksonville port to San Juan. The shipping was $2,612 for each 40′ flat rack or $5,224. The shipping on the 40′ Standard Container was $2,412, plus the following fees: delivery fee to Aguas Buenas $585, paperwork $140 for a total shipping cost of $8,361 for a 34′ and a 45′ dome.

The Sea Star contact was Jim Stoshak at 904-751-2110.

A Trucking Company that deliveries containers and flat racks to factories to be loaded for export to Puerto Rico: is Magic Transport Miami Fl 305-887-2424 or 888-693-7312, fax 305-887-0320.

Q: Have you exported into Europe?
A:
No but Ai can ship to Europe. We have exported into the Middle East but not into any European countries.

Q: Do you export to the Virgin Islands?

A: Yes. We have shipped two 40′ domes to St. Kitts. MVC Transportation Corporation brought the two 40′ Standard Containers and 40′ flat rack to our factory to be loaded. MVC’s mailing address is POBox 653808, Miami Fl 33265 phone 305-888-4MVC, fax 305-888-8011. The Consignor was Crowley Port Everglades Ft Lauderdale Fl. The Freight Forwarder was Caribbean Freight Systems, Inc. The Port of Loading was the Port Everglades. Port of unloading was St Kitts. Each container cost $5,200 for inland trucking costs and shipping from Port Everglades to Virgin Islands.

Q: Do you export to Mexico?
A:
We can.  Contact a Mexican importing person who can answer your border questions, such as “What are the duties? What paperwork is involved.” The kit is shipped on a semi truck from our Rockledge Florida factory. Your border person may know of Mexican trucking companies that carry loads into Florida. Once that truck’s Florida merchandise is unloaded, it would drive to our factory and be loaded with your kit. Brownsville Texas is about 1,200 miles from our factory. Shipping to that point would be about $2,650 US Dollars at $2.20 per mile estimated shipping costs
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Q: Do you export to the Middle East?
A:
Yes. In 2004 we got an approximate shipping quote from Transgroup Worldwide Logistics on two 40’ containers being trucked from Miami to our factory, then delivered back to Miami and then shipped to Dubai, UAE for about $5,225. 42 days transit time. This pricing included two hours no charge for each container to be loaded and an additional loading time of two hours per container at $45 per hour ($180). Two drivers at $725 each to bring the container to our factory and take it back to Miami after loading ($1,450). Ocean freight of $1,750 per container from Miami to Dubai UAE ($3,500). And $95 for Documents and forwarding. This does not include any duties or documents for the Dubai port. This quote was from Transgroup Worldwide Logistics/Stephen Brown in Ocean Quoting at 321-868-2230.

Q: Do you export to Canada?
A: Yes. We have shipped domes into
Canada.  But none of our clients allow us to give out their name and numbers for referrals.  

The Canadian broker for L.M. Clark Broker is Steve Martonino, (905-673-8650 ext 224) who did the customs work for Donkers Harris LTD for one of our clients.

In Canada the building department will require the building plans to be engineer sealed prior to giving you a building permit. Ai knows of an engineer licensed to seal our building plans for most areas of Canada. A Canadian seal could cost from $900 to $1,500 to $3,000….depends on the size dome and the foundation type.

Shipping Information: American Ingenuity Dome Building Kits
Are Shipped Via Semi-Truck

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Four men loading truck with 45′ kit. Factory domes in background.    48′ Dome Panels strapped down ready for shipment.

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The above photo illustrates 45′ Dome kit being strapped down prior to shipment to dome owner’s property.

All Panels Are Marked With Numbers and Letters to Match The Building Plan Nomenclature Blueprint

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Semi-Truck Being Unloaded At Dome Owner’s Site 

Can be unloaded with all terrain fork lift or man lift following Ai’s Truck Unloading Instructions

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Another View of 45′ Dome Kit Being Unloaded From Semi-Truck

Q: As far as shipping costs: Why did a California dome kit buyer pay $6,450 for one truck’s shipping cost,  an Australian dome kit buyer pay over $18,000 to have container shipped for his 34’ kit and a Washington dome kit buyer pay $9,000 for one truck’s shipping cost?

A: Simply put, it is because the Buyer could not build a home or buy any house that has the energy efficiency, strength and noncombustible concrete exterior that the American Ingenuity dome home has. The Ai dome is more energy efficient than a conventional house, because of its thick insulation (comparable to 11″ of fiberglass batting), the reduced exterior surface area and because the exterior walls contain no wood to interrupt the insulation. The dome is stronger than a box shaped house (225 mph wind and F4 tornado) due to its aerodynamic shape, steel reinforced concrete exterior and triangle panel shape. Plus there is no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The exterior of the dome is fire resistant concrete.  To view Ai dome advantages summary, click on Summary.

Q: I understand the Dome Building Kits are shipped on semi-trucks. What is the shipping cost in Florida and outside of Florida?
A:
Ai’s manufacturing costs here in Florida are well below the national average, which offsets any long distance shipping expenses. We can actually manufacture a kit here in Florida and ship it to the western states and northern states cheaper than we could manufacture there.  For example due to higher labor costs, if we manufactured out west or up north  we would need to increase the kit pricing 40%. So this means a 34′ kit whose approx. sale price is $26,000 would sell for $36,400 an increase of $10,400.

Having our manufacturing plant located in Florida is advantageous for shipping since more is shipped in than out of the state, leaving many trucks headed out empty.

Ai utilizes these independent trucking agencies. We contract to have these trucks carry your building kits outside Florida for approximately $2.70 to $2.90 per mile per semi-truck from our plant in Rockledge, Florida. Shipping within Florida is a minimum of $800. If your Florida building site is south of our factory, the truckers charge more because they have to drive south before they can drive north to leave Florida.  These trucking costs are less than we could do with our own trucks because if we used our own trucks, they would have to deliver the kit and return to Ai’s factory empty.

Per mile shipping costs and minimum shipping costs can vary due to fuel costs, fuel surcharges and travel distances.

If you are an International Client, your freight forwarder coordinates your container shipping. Click on Exporting to learn more. There is an extra fee of $800 per container because Ai has to rent a telescopic forklift boom to load each container.

Even though we have arranged the shipping, the truck carrying your kit does not belong to American Ingenuity, and the driver does not work for us. The driver is an independent driver, contracted for the delivery. Ai has found these drivers to be considerate, understanding and fair people. They are accustomed to transporting valuable merchandise and delivering it in the best possible condition.

Q: How many building kits with your standard R28 insulation fit on one semi truck?
A:
Five 15’s or two 18’s or one 30′, or one 34′, or one 36′, or one 40′, or one 45′ or one 48′ can fit on one semi-truck for delivery. Two 22’s can fit on one truck.  One 22′ & one 27′ can fit on one truck.  If you max out the number of entryways, purchase a link and the thicker insulation, your 45′ or 48′ building kit will require two trucks for delivery.

The 15′ & 18′ kits can be purchased with thinner 3 1/2″ R14 EPS insulation NOT R28 7″ EPS insulation and no 1/2″ dyrwall.  If so the thinner insulation allows for up to ten 15′ dome kits to fit on one truck and up to four 18′ dome kits on one truck.

The 15’ kit and 18’ kit  can be picked up by the buyer if the following size truck, trailer and straps are used.  (each with one entryway, 7” EPS & one set of 2×4’s for temporary wooden rib system)

15′ kit: 

1/2 ton truck minimum (Ai recommends 3/4 ton truck )
13 ea.  2″ x 30′  straps Working Load Limit 3000 lbs.
Trailer specifications
7′ wide 20′ long minimum
tandem axle 3000 lbs. each axle
axles with brakes
bed height of 48″ max

18′ kit: 

1/2 ton truck minimum  (Ai recommends 3/4 ton truck )
13 ea.  2″ x 30′  straps Working Load Limit 3000 lbs.
Trailer specifications
7′ wide 22′ long trailer minimum
tandem axle 3000 lbs. each axle
axles with brakes
bed height of 36″ max

For information on dome kits shipping to international areas in containers or flat racks, click on importing.

Q: Is there insurance to cover the load in case of a problem?
A:
Yes. Each shipping company has cargo insurance.

Q: How do I communicate with the driver and his dispatcher?

A: Ai gives you the name and phone number of the driver.

Q: How does the truck driver get directions to my construction site?

A: You fax or email directions to us describing how to get to your site from the nearest major interstates. Ai gives those directions along with your phone numbers to the driver.

Q: How is the shipping cost paid?

A: The trucking companies require that American Ingenuity pay them directly.  One to 3 months prior to your shipment date, Ai will contact the trucking companies for quotes and negotiate the lowest price possible.  21 days prior to the shipment date, mail a bank check to Ai which includes the balance due on your dome kit and the shipping cost.

 Q: How large will this truck be and how big a turn around area will it need?

A: The semi-truck will be about 70′ long and 8 1/2 feet wide. Consider where the semi can turn around. Semis need a large turning radius. The truck will need about 13 ½’ of clearance overhead.  Ai’s Plant uses a 35′ wide loading area (varies depending on type of forklift and terrain).  When one tiny home kit is shipped, the truck length may be shorter.

Plan sufficient room on both sides of the trailer for the forklift to approach it at a 90 degree angle, lift the load, back straight out until the lifted load completely clears the load on the trailer, then back and turn 90 degrees before proceeding toward the stacking area.

Q: What if my road is curvy or too steep and the semi- truck cannot go up the road?

A: You might have to off load the truck and stack the panels in an open area and use the fork lift or bob cat to take the panels up the curvy, steep road. Some of our clients have carried the panels up their narrow roads on a trailer or in the back of a pick up. If you will be obstructing traffic, have someone available with a flag to caution and direct approaching traffic. Coordinating with law enforcement may be needed in high traffic locations.

If you will be off loading onto a common area and not unloading at your construction site, the truck driver may have to stay longer than the normal three hour unloading time. If so the truck driver will need to be compensated $50 an hour for any time over the three hour unloading time. Let our shipping department know if you need additional time and they will work the additional cost out with the trucking company’s dispatcher.

Q: What damage can occur to the building kit during shipment?

A: The panels may have a small amount of damage from loading or transport. The straps that secure the panels to the truck may make indentations in the E.P.S. edges, which can easily be filled with expanding foam. Even it the panel gets cracked it will not have any structural significance. The crack can either be sealed after the dome is completed or in extreme cases, a layer of stucco applied. Any damage to the EPS can be repaired with the expanding foam provided with your kit. In general, a panel would have to fall off the truck for any appreciable damage to occur.

Q: What is the approximate shipping weight of the Building Kit?

A: 27’-13,000 LBS, 30’-15,000 LBS, 34’ 17,000 LBS, 40’-20,000 LBS, 45’- 22,000 LBS, 48’= 24,000 LBS. The building kits are not really heavy loads. Due to the 7″ thick Expanded Bead Polystyrene insulation, the load is a bulky one.


Even though American Ingenuity has arranged shipping and loaded the truck, the truck carrying your building kit does not belong to Ai and the driver does not work for us.

HAVE A FORKLIFT AND CREW READY TO UNLOAD

Forklift Requirement:

1. All-terrain type unless the entire operation will be on a paved surface.

2. 2,000 to 3,000 pound lift capacity.

3. 48″ long forks are required to unload the 48’ and 45’ kit.

The longer and wider forks will minimize indentations of the panels.

4. Experienced person to drive the forklift .

5. Two additional able-bodied people are needed to assist and to lift non-concreted panels and items from truck.

Try to avoid renting huge, high capacity fork lifts because they are heavy, bulky, and hard to maneuver in limited space.

If the forklift is unable to lift an entire stack of panels it will have to first reach and remove the top half which is apx. 8 ft. above ground level.

48” long and 12” wide strips of ¾” plywood connected to the tops of the forks will also minimize indentations on the panels.

An experienced forklift driver will save you potential damage and unloading time. See Time To Unload below.

Assistance is needed to place the foam blocks on the ground under each stack, remove components that have to be lifted by hand, guide the driver whose view is obstructed by the stack of panels, etc.

The truck driver is not required to direct or unload the ruck.

PLAN THE UNLOADING SITE

1. Long before the kit is due to arrive, select the best place to park the semi truck and select a place to store the kit.

2. Make sure there is plenty of room on both sides of the Semi-Truck for the forklift to maneuver.

3. Overhead clearance of 13 ft.

STORAGE SITE

1. Choose a site close to the dome foundation.

2. Need an area approx. the size of 3 semi truck beds (8 ½ x 50’) to accommodate the panels in partial stacks.

The Semi Truck is 8 ½’ wide & 70’ long requiring a large turning radius.Plan for the truck to have room to turn around or back up to the primary road. If not paved, the surface must be fairly level and compacted, so the truck and forklift will not get stuck.Our plant uses a 35’ wide loading area (varies depending on type of forklift and terrain).

If necessary you could have the truck park as close as possible to the construction site and use the forklift to later carry the stacks of panels the rest of the way to the site.

If you will be obstructing traffic have someone available with a flag to caution and direct approaching traffic. Coordinating with law enforcement may be needed in high traffic locations.

TIME TO UNLOAD

· 3 Hours unloading is included in your truck charge.

· Time over 3 hours will result in an additional $50 per hour.

Loading the truck takes longer. Ai must precisely load the panels to fit in a limited area. Additional time is required to arrange the panels in each stack to line up with the tie down straps and withstand the forces when they are tightened.

PANEL ARRANGEMENT ON THE TRUCK

The concreted panels are grouped together on the truck according to type.

The triangular panels must be supported on the corners while they are being shipped therefore they are setting on foam block spacers and not pallets.

Stacks of smaller, lightweight panels may be secured for shipping with either wire or C-rings.

Cut these panels loose from each other using a diagonal wire cutter, before removing them from the truck.

E & F (Entryway)-panels my lay directly on the truck bed without spacers. With a helper, manually slide a set of 2 E panels aside toward the forks of the forklift, pick them up carefully at the edge and place a foam spacer under them. Now you are able to place the forks under the panel, lift and transport them.

Pentagon Panels labeled “P”, Hexagon Panels “H”, Riser Panels “R” and Entryway Panels “E, F, G”.

See Panel Identification in the Assembly manual.

 

All panels are shipped with the pre-finished concrete side up.

LIFTING PANELS OFF THE TRUCK

BEST OPTION:

Fast and efficient, an entire stack of panels is removed at once. Three people can unload the truck within 3 hours. One drives the fork lift, 2 people, acting as eyes, guide the fork lift driver, who’s view is obstructed by the load.

Unload panels alternately from both sides of the trailer, to keep the load on the truck balanced.

Other methods are less desirable as upper panels are 10-12 feet above the ground, weight 290lbs each.

To avoid breaking off the E.P.S. corners, do not lift heavy panels by their corners, rather lift the panels by holding the EPS at least 12” back from the corners

  • Place the first unloaded stack onto two, 2’ long pieces of 4×4. After the first stack has been unloaded you will be able to place the remaining stacks on the foam spacers which are approx. 3 ½”.
  • Look for spacers of 3½” EPS insulation provided at bottom and middle of H & P stack to accommodate the blades of the forklift. Save them to be used later in the construction process for filling in gaps, or for small repairs.
  • Place the foam spacers on the ground and put the panels on top.

BUILDING KIT INVENTORY

Your kit and components have been checked for quality and quantity three times by experienced employees before the truck left the plant.

Only in extremely rare cases has a part actually been missing.

It would be very time consuming to inventory all the items as the truck is being unloaded. Although you could check off many of the large, boxes, buckets, etc.

Obtain the Building Kit Inventory list from the truck driver.

Within a week of receiving your kit, complete a thorough inventory and assure that you have received all the items on the inventory sheet.

Kit items are listed in categories: Pre-finished Panels, EPS, Insulation Panels, Boxes (numbered consecutively), 5 gallon Buckets, and Bulk Items.

Please check and double check quantities if you think there is a discrepancy.

PANEL STORAGE & TOLERANCE

IN FREEZING CONDITIONS

If the wallboard has absorbed water and exposed to freezing temperatures while it is still damp the fiberglass on the interior surface may delaminate. In extreme cases the core of the board may disintegrate.

If these conditions occur the board can be repaired with joint compound or wallboard sealer. Contact us for assistance.

Some of the liquids will be damaged if they are allowed to freeze. Even the liquids that are not damaged may burst their container, therefore we recommend storing them inside.

Internal wallboard on dome panels is weather resistant. It can be stored outside for a limited period of time (apx. 2- 3 months) without significant damage.

In severe weather and for longer storage, we recommend covering the panels with tarps.

Water or freezing conditions does not affect EPS foam. But can affect the wallboard.

EPS Surfaces that are not covered or painted will very slowly erode if exposed to sunlight (ultraviolet light). The edges of the panels that have exposed EPS are painted at Ai Factory.  If your kit is going to be stored more than 3 months, additional paint will need to be applied on site to protect the EPS.

Items shipped in cardboard boxes, precut 2×4’s and items likely to be stolen should be stored inside.

Typical damage may include: 

  • Concrete corners cracked or EPS edges indented due to the straps.
  • Cracks in some of the thinner concrete, scratch coat, are non-structural and can be sealed later.
  • Damage to the EPS during shipping or construction can be easily repaired with expanding foam provided with your kit.
  • Ai has not had a panel fall off a truck although panels have dropped 10 ft. or more during construction and have been successfully repaired and used.
  • Panels will have some insignificant damage from loading, transporting and unloading.
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Regular Pricing with Descriptions
To view Building Kit & Building Plans Sale Pricing, click on Sale
Basic Kit Prices Concrete Geodesic Dome Home Kits

Exterior stone front w wood deck240 ft dome on basement

To Learn How To Receive a 15% Discount*

(a savings of $2,412 to $9,017)

Off the 22′ – 48′ Kits w’ One Entryway Pricing listed below, click on Save 15%

Kit Pricing includes  Exterior 3/4″ Fiber Concrete Reinforced w’ Galvanized Steel Mesh, 

7″- R-28 Insulation & 1/2″ DensArmor Plus Gypsum Drywall

The following pricing does not include a discount.
Please click on Sale to see discount.

To view regular and sale pricing on new 15′ & 18′ Tiny Home Kits, click on Tiny Dome

The 15′ – 48′ American Ingenuity Dome Building Kit consists of all the triangular and 4′ riser component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway.(The 15′ & 18′ kits also come with additional 2′ risers).  On the exterior of each 15′- 48′ triangle & riser panel is 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh, interior has 7″ – R28 Expanded Polystyrene Insulation with 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall adhered to the insulation with wallboard adhesive. On site fiber concrete is hand trowelled into the seam areas averaging two inches thick.  Engineers tell us the seam areas act like steel beams.  To view pictures of panels, click on Building Kit Contents

Due to the small size of the 15′ & 18′ tiny homes to obtain vertical space around the dome perimeter to install a shower & other items, the kits come with standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers. The 15′ and 18′ domes can be purchased with 3 1/2″ R14 EPS NOT 7″ R28 EPS and no interior 1/2″ drywall.

Your floor plan selection determines how many additional entryways, door dormers, window dormers that will be shipped with your Kit. To view floor planners, elevation views and stock plans for each size dome, please click on Dome Home Plans.  To view pics, info and Tiny Home Plans, click on Tiny Domes.

To keep building kit pricing low, it is American Ingenuity’s philosophy that each buyer pay for only what they need. Ai does not burden the price of the building kit with plan’s pricing, engineer seal cost or energy report cost. Building plans are purchased 3 months to 1 1/2 years prior to kit shipment.  About 50% of the building departments require engineer sealed plans and an energy report to issue a permit. And some even request engineer sealed structural calculations.  As a result each buyer pays for their plans separately from the building kit and pays for a seal and energy report only if their building department requires them. This can be confusing, so please call our office at 321-639-8777 Monday thru Friday eastern time and we can clarify.  

To learn about American Ingenuity’s 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′ & 34′ domes utilized as small one bedroom/one bath domes to two bedroom/two bath homes, view Tiny Homes.   To view a page that includes pictures of Kit Assembly, view Dome Kit Assembly.

Q: Does American Ingenuity have an engineering statement about your dome panels that can be submitted to my building department?

A:  Yes, to view the statement click on Engineering.

To learn about Ai’s Residential Dome Building Plans Sale, click on  Plans Discount and scroll down the page to see the Plans Chart.

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

An entryway is a structural item (an awning/eyebrow) that extends out from the dome.  Under this entryway your locally purchased doors and windows are installed.  Each of Ai’s stock floor plans vary in the number and location of entryways and dormers (places for single windows or single doors to be installed).   Building Options is the general term that we apply to entryways, dormers, cupola, taller risers and link.  Building Options  for the 27′ – 48′ domes can add $2,000 to $4,000 on to the price of the basic building kit.  Once your plans are finished, Ai can complete an Order Form/Parts List that lists the items that come with the kit at no additional cost and lists additional items that can be purchased from Ai. For example each customer can purchase from Ai: suspension rods/top plate/bottom plate, additional cans of expanding foam, metal foam dispensing gun, cans of cleaner, bonding agent, fibers, admixtures, Simpson hangers, 1/2″ galvanized steel mesh for exterior framed walls, 2×4’s cut/drilled/painted for your temporary wooden rib system,etc.

Please scroll down this page to see the pricing of the individual Building Options. 

Ai’s stock plans show the location of the entryways, dormers, etc.  If a stock plan does not fit your lifestyle, Ai can modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches.  Some of the stock floor plans can be viewed and printed out by going to this link Stock Floor Plans.  Please scroll down the page to find the blue hyperlinks to click on.  If you want the stock plans mailed, call for printing and mailing costs.

To view the file that lists the Stock Plans pricing and the appropriate Building Kit with Building Options pricing for some of the stock plans, click on Stock Plan and Stock Kit Prices. Please be aware the pricing does not include any current discounts.  To view the Kit Discount, click on Kit Sale.  Please scroll down the sale page to view the Plans Sale Chart.

To view a file that covers the max square footage by floor in each size dome, please click on Specifications.

Entryways are available as standard, high profile and garage.  The 30′ thru 48′ dome standard & high profile entryways consist of 3 1/2″ E.P.S. with steel mesh attached & concrete on the underside.  22′ & 27′ Garage entryways are 3 1//2″ EPS with no steel mesh. Concrete is applied on site. Second floor window dormers are not available in 15′, 18′, 22′ and 30′ domes.  Second floor door dormers are not available in the 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, or 30′.

Two domes can be connected by a link. Link panels consist of 7″ or 3 1/2″ thick E.P.S. Steel mesh can be purchased from Ai.  On site, links are custom cut & fitted to the assembled dome kits. On site you or your builder attaches the steel mesh and applies the concrete. Wallboard can be adhered to the link EPS panels at Ai’s plant.  Call for Link pricing.

15′ & 18′ are purchased with standard 4′ riser and additional 2′ risers. 22′ & 27′ domes can be purchased with custom five foot tall risers instead of a four foot risers.   The 30′-48′ domes can have a custom 2′ riser installed above the four foot standard riser.  Call Ai to learn more.  321-639-8777.

To learn more click on:

For garage domes, Ai recommends the 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′ and 36′.   To view Ai’s file on garage domes, click on Garage Domes The dome kit’s standard insulation is noncombustible 7″ R-28 rigid expanded polystyrene (EPS).

Why do I need entryways and dormers to install windows and doors? At specific locations around the perimeter of the dome, triangles and riser panels can be left out to provide openings where you or your framer installs your locally purchased doors and windows using locally purchased materials. To compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways, dormers, cupola and link have to be installed.    * For additional light, max out the second floor window dormers & door dormers. Install a tall window instead of a door within a door dormer. Or a solar tube can be installed onsite within a panel. (Do not cut within 8” of a seam).
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*Because the 27′ dome is a two frequency dome, its panels are about the size of 40′ panels; as a result its cupola panels are the pricing of the 40′ cupola. 

Payment for Building Kits:

American Ingenuity kits are not stocked and are manufactured on a custom order basis and are considered a Specialized Order, made exclusively for the customer requesting it.  These Specialized Orders require a 30% or 40% deposit (depends on dome size), signed Order Form, Conditions of Sale and Specialized Material Agreement. Once Ai receives these items, materials will be purchased and manufacturing started to meet your shipment date. If you cancel your order after signing the Specialized Agreement the 30% or 40% deposit is nonrefundable and your rights to the kit(s) are forfeited.  The balance, in the form of a cashier’s check is due 21 days prior to shipment. Florida residents, add sales tax plus your counties’ surtax.  No Credit Card Charges. If the building kit is shipped out of Florida, no Florida sales tax or surtax is charged.

The Building Kit Order Form lists the following:

  • Building Kit regular and sale pricing
  • Building Kit Option pricing (entryways, window dormers, door dormers, and cupola, etc.)  To learn more click on Building Options.
  • Misc Parts that can be purchased from Ai. For example, Buyer can purchase: suspension rods/top plate/bottom plate, additional cans of expanding foam, metal foam dispensing gun, cans of cleaner, bonding agent, fibers, admixtures, Simpson hangers, 1/4″ or 1/2″ galvanized steel mesh for exterior framed walls, 2×4’s cut/drilled/painted for your temporary wooden rib system,etc.
  • To learn more click on Items not included in the Kit.
  • Deposit on Steel Hubs of $800 for five months rental with a rent of $20 a month thereafter.  Once hubs are shipped back, Ai refunds your deposit less any rental costs or costs for missing hubs.  To assemble the kits use a temporary wooden rib system to support the panels during assembly. Hubs/bolts/nuts/washers are assembled to your wooden ribs into a geodesic skeleton.  To learn more click on Rib. Once all the seams between the panels are concreted, the entryways and dormers are concreted, etc. the rib system comes down. There is no wood in or on the shell to rot or for termites to eat or to burn. 
  • To make assembly of the temporary wooden rib system easier, purchase the 2×4 ribs precut, holes drilled and ends painted from Ai.  Due to the fluctuation on 2×4 wood pricing, call us at 321-639-8777 for current pricing.
  • Purchase bolts, nuts/washers from Ai.
  • Purchase of Panel Lifting Spikes $100.  To learn more click on FAQ Assembly.
  • If the Building Kit will be built in Florida, a Florida sales tax and that particular counties surtax will be listed.
  • Deposit amounts placed and deposit amounts due. 
  • Discount off the kit with one entryway pricing.
  • Expiration dates on discount and pricing.
  • Shipping cost.

All payments are made in USdollars.

Delivery and Availability:

Once Ai receives your 30% or 40% deposit based on your Building Kit with option’s pricing and signed Building Kit Order Form, Conditions of Sale and Specialized Material Agreement, American Ingenuity schedules your kit for manufacturing.  Manufacturing time varies depending on the time of the year.  Can be four weeks to eight weeks or eight to sixteen weeks for manufacturing time. Please call our office at 321-639-8777 for current manufacturing lead time.

Shipping:

One 53 foot long step deck semi-truck can carry five 15′, two 18′ or one 30′, one 36′, one 40′, one 45′, one 48′ kit (with 7″ EPS), one 27′ and one 22′, or two 22′ kits. A 60′ kit requires two semi-trucks. Thicker 9″ insulation will cause the a 45′ and a 48′ kit to require two trucks each for delivery.   American Ingenuity can coordinate the USA shipping.  International clients coordinate their own shipping using a freight forwarder. To learn about importing American Ingenuity’s dome kit, please click on Importing.

The 15′ & 18′ kits can be ordered with 3 1/2″ eps instead of the standard 7″ EPS insulation and no 1/2″ drywall. With less thick insulation up to ten 15′ kits can fit on one truck and four 18′ kits can fit on one truck.

The number of kits one truck can carry can change if the building kit contains four or five entryways, a link and thicker insulation. For example a 48′ kit with 9″ EPS cannot fit on one semi-truck.  Entryways and a link take up more space than triangular and riser panels.  Once we know your floor plan selection, Ai can be specific about how many truck(s) your order will take.  Due to the large size triangles of a 48′ dome, the H panels will not fit on the semi-truck.  American Ingenuity cuts the EPS/wallboard tips off the H panels so that the remaining H panel will fit on the truck.  On site during assembly, the tips are reattached with expanding foam supplied with the kit at no cost.

Each International client hires a freight forwarder to coordinate their container’s shipping and pays their shipping and custom fees directly to the freight forwarder.  American Ingenuity works with your selected freight forwarder to coordinate your shipment.

Ai’s manufacturing costs in Florida are well below the national average, which offsets any long distance shipping expenses. Ai can actually manufacture a kit here in Florida and ship it to Washington state cheaper than we could manufacture it there. Having our manufacturing plant located in Florida is advantageous for shipping since more is shipped in than out of the state, leaving many trucks headed out empty.

Ai utilizes independent trucking agencies. American Ingenuity contracts to have these trucks carry your building kit outside Florida for approximately $2.50 to $2.90 per mile per truck from Ai’s plant in Rockledge, Florida. Shipping within Florida is a minimum of $800. If your Florida building site is south of our factory, the truckers charge more because they have to drive south before they can drive north to leave Florida.  These trucking costs are less than Ai could do with our own trucks because if we used our own trucks, they would have to deliver the kit and return to our factory empty.  Shipping costs are paid to American Ingenuity 21 days prior to the scheduled shipment date with a bank check.

Per mile shipping costs can vary due to fuel costs and travel distances. Click on Shipping to learn more.

American Ingenuity’s Philosophy:

One of the main reasons American Ingenuity is very reputable is that we really try to treat all our customers the same. Our business philosophy and product is unique to the housing industry. Ai believes that each client should pay for only what they need.

  • Each person who wants to research our building kit further can do so by purchasing the Planning Kit with DVD or purchase the DVD separately.
  • None of Ai’s staff is on commission.
  • About 50% of Ai’s clients do not need engineer sealed building plans or an Energy Report in order to obtain a building permit. As a result the engineer seal and the energy report are separate costs.

As a result of the above philosophy, the American Ingenuity dome shell kit costs about one third to one half less than the shell materials cost for a conventional house or wooden dome or sprayed concrete dome and you receive more…..greater energy efficiency and greater strength.

 Dome Building Kit:

Ai’s Dome Kit consists of all the triangular and riser component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. Each component panel has 7″ thick rigid, nontoxic R-28 expanded polystyrene insulation (which is comparable to 11″ of fiberglass batting); a steel reinforced concrete exterior surface and interior shell wall board. All triangular and riser panels now include Georgia Pacific 1/2″ DensArmor High Performance gypsum drywall adhered to the interior surface of the insulation with drywall adhesive.  To learn more about what is included in the Building Kit, click on Kit Contents.  The 15′ and 18′ domes can be purchased without drywall and 3 1/2″ EPS or 7″ EPS with drywall.

Due to the thick R28 insulation, the 7″ EPS American Ingenuity Dome will save you 50% to 60% on your heating and cooling expenses versus a conventional house. To learn more about the advantages of the Ai Dome view the files listed under the menu item, Advantages, located at the top of our Home Page.  These Advantages are Energy Efficiency, Strength and Low Exterior Maintenance.

American Ingenuity’s dome building kits do not include doors and windows or any interior items except for the shell insulation and shell drywall. Ai does not believe you should pay the shipping cost for an additional truck to receive doors, windows, interior items, kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, etc. because these items can be sourced and competitively priced locally. The floor plan you select will determine how many entryways or dormers your dome home will have. Within the entryways and dormers {eye brows – structural awnings}, you or your framing subcontractor installs a vertical wall to frame in your locally purchased exterior doors and windows.  To learn more about what is not included in the Building Kit click on Items Not Included.

If your Dome Building Kit is shipped outside of Florida, Florida sales tax or the Florida surtax does not apply.   
 
**The Kit and Option Pricing does not include the costs for the Building Plans, Engineer Fee to design basement/columns/stem wall, etc, Engineer Seal on the building plans (if needed), Energy Report (needed in Florida & California & other states), 2×4’s for the temporary wooden rib system (can be purchased locally and cut/drilled/painted by the buyer or purchased from Ai), Hub Deposit, Lifting Spike Purchase ($100), additional items on the Parts List, Shipping or Fork Lift rental to unload the truck at your site.
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Residential Dome Plans
are 25% off the pricing listed below

To view Plan’s Sale Pricing, click on Plans Discount

Dome Diameter

22′ or 27′

30′

34′

36′

40′

45′

48′

Stock Plans

$1,134

$1,198

$1,261

$1,294

$1,333

$1,427

$1,514

Garage Plans From $971 $1,016 $1,062 $1,077 $1,204 $1,276 $1,343

Modified Plans From

$1,365

$1,410

$1,501

$1,544

$1,578

$1,652

$1,771

Custom Plans From

$1,510

$1,585

$1,801

$1,919

$2,033

$2,252

$2,371

Basement Plans From

$971

$1,016

$1,062

$1,077

$1,204

$1,276

$1,343

 

American Ingenuity’s Residential Dome Building Plans are new and improved. Plans include interior wall dimensions and wood joist/edge beam dimensions. To view stock floor plans for each diameter dome, please click on Dome Home Plans and scroll down the page for the pdf hyperlinks.

American Ingenuity’s Building Plans contain all of the typical drawings and details – usually 13- 17 sheets. The blueprints included in your plans are based on the type of entryways, dormers and foundation that are designed in your plans. Some of the Blueprint names are:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Legend Sheet
  • First Floor Plan
  • Second Floor Plan
  • Dome Panel Nomenclature
  • Exterior Elevations
  • 1st Floor Electrical Plan (shows location of electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, smoke detectors)
  • 2nd Floor Electrical Plan  (shows location of electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, smoke detectors)
  • Foundation Plan
  • Foundation Details
  • 2nd Floor Framing Plan
  • Typical Dome Section
  • Standard Entryway Details
  • High Profile Entryway Details
  • 1st Floor Window Dormer & Door Dormer Details
  • 2nd Floor Dormer Details
  • Stair Details
  • Cupola Blueprint if ordered
  • Link Blueprint if ordered

Some building departments require the building plans to be engineer sealed by a licensed engineer for your state and an Energy Report to issue a building permit.  If needed the seal and energy report can be purchased from Ai.  The standard foundation under the dome is a concrete slab. For Ai to design a basement or concrete columns or stem wall or pilings, etc. an engineer fee is added to the Plans Quote to cover the cost for a structural engineer to calculate the load of the dome and the load of the two floors within the dome and give joist/edge beam size/spacing and foundation design to our CAD department to incorporate within your plans.  Please call Ai office at 321-639-8777 for engineer fee.

RESIDENTIAL DOME BUILDING PLAN SETS contain all blueprints typically provided with any type of housing and include floor plans, exterior elevations, dome shell section view, top view showing panel placement, floor joist framing plans, structural details, and locations of plumbing and electrical fixtures. The Plans do not include the plumbing, electrical or HVAC diagrams because Ai has found that the subs like to draw their own diagrams. 

Stock, Modified or Custom Plans & Delivery Time: Some of  Ai’s stock plans are on this web site. To receive others via email at no cost, call us at 321-639-8777. If you want the stock plans mailed, call for printing and mailing costs.  In the Planning Kit is a 60 page Stock Floor Plan Booklet that contains some of the stock plans printed out for the 22′ thru 48′ domes. Ai does not keep stock plans printed out. So from the point Ai receives your Building Plan order to the point we mail your stock building plans (with concrete foundation) can be two to four weeks.  Allow at least five weeks for modified plans and ten – twelve weeks for custom plans. If you do not see a plan that fits your lifestyle we can modify our stock plans or Ai can design custom plans for a the same discount as stock plans. To learn more about this service, click on Stock, Modified, Custom.

How the plan design process works:

If you do not see a stock plan that fits your needs, what Ai has found works best is for you to sketch out your ideas on a stock plan, on blank floor planners that can be emailed to you or on the blue floor planner pages located in the back of the stock floor plan booklet.  Then email the sketches to us or fax them to us at 321-639-8778. After you fax, please call our office at 321-639-8777 and confirm Ai received your fax….correct number of pages, pages legible, etc. Ai does not make in-office appointments to discuss floor plans. Please include your name, address, telephone number and best time(s) to contact you. The plans supervisor will review your sketch, call you with questions and email you a price quote. Once Ai receives a signed Plans Quote and payment in full for the Building Plans, Engineer Seal/Energy Report  if required by your building department, Ai schedules your building plans for production.

Ai will fax or email you three rough drafts that you review and make changes on and email or fax back to us. After you approve the final draft, CAD designs your structural blue prints and completes your plans.

Engineer seal:

About half the states in America and all new construction in Florida and California require engineer sealed building plans and an Energy Report to obtain a building permit. The seal and the energy report can be purchased through American Ingenuity. In Florida a 36′ or smaller dome seal is $400; 40′, 45, and 48′ seal is $500. The Florida Energy Report for one dome is $190. 

If your building department requires an engineer seal and you want to build on a basement then this means your basement plans will need to be engineer sealed as well as your dome plans.  Please call us for plans and seal pricing. Ai utilizes an engineer who has seals for 47 states. His fee to seal one dome on a concrete slab is $600; two domes is $900.  If you build the dome on a basement, his fee to seal the basement plans is $200.

American Ingenuity’s dome exceeds any state’s building codes. But the building departments do not know this so they require a licensed engineer certified for your state to review our Building Plans and affix his seal and signature to the structural sheets. His seal and signature means that Ai’s Building Plans comply with your state’s building codes. To learn more click on Engineer Seal.

Dome Building Plans Payment:

Building plans may be purchased with Master Card, Visa, Discover, Check, or Money Order.   Plans pricing does not include shipping cost.   All payments are to be made in USdollars. Ai does not accept American Express cards. 

Commercial Building Plans: American Ingenuity does not have stock commercial plans.  Plans pricing quoted above and elsewhere on American Ingenuity’s web site are for residential homes.  Domes can be utilized for commercial purposes; however the plans are much more complicated to design due to commercial code. Commercial plans will cost two to three times the price of residential dome plans. Once Ai sees your floor plan layout, calls your building department to find out what design criteria they require and calls the engineer that will seal your building plans, Ai can complete a Plans Quote.

Commercial Dome Buildings: Ai’s dome building kits are ideal for a church. However obtaining a building permit on a commercial structure, especially a church where people gather is not easy. The building departments tend to be more stringent on commercial buildings. For example, they will require you to hire a licensed builder and licensed subcontractors to finish a commercial structure.  The building department will require an interior sprinkler system.  Typically commercial structures cost double the price per square foot to build than a home.

12′ UTILITY DOME or GEOPOD Info

No metal to rust, no wood to rot or be eaten by termites.  R-8 EPS insulation, 12′ diameter, 9’4″ high in the center with 110 sq.ft.  The geometry is a one half sphere of a two frequency icosahedron on a 40″ riser wall.  The web site file with photos & other info is GeoPod.

  • Utility Dome Kit with one entryway $750, with two entryways $790.
  • Uses: Great for Camping out on your property or for a permanent Hunting Shelter.    Endless storage possibilities–  take care of lawn equipment,  pool & sports gear, and  all those cumbersome items that collect & clog up your garage. Could also be used to store tools during construction of your dome home.  Make  gardening or fix-it jobs easier with a potting shed or work shop.  Build a backyard dome playhouse with your children.   Paint your outdoor camping or get-a-way dome, camouflage colors and blend right in with nature and the environment.
  • Domes may be linked by using an optional 2nd entryway.  There are no extra link panels, just the entryway panels.
  • 2″ thick EPS panels (R-8) are precut to proper computer generated angles, but are not concreted since it is more cost effective for you to concrete the entire dome at one time.
  • Kit includes:  2″ EPS insulation panels consisting of 37 precut triangular, 9 precut 40″ riser panels & precut entryway, fibers, slab plans and assembly instructions.
  • Assembly: Assemble  EPS panels by rows, propping up the panels, attaching panels to your prepared foundation & to each other panel with pins & foam adhesive.  Install your own vents to suit. Install your 6’x6’door, windows under the entryway.  Conceal any electrical wiring for outlets or lighting in the panels.  Coat the entire exterior with a thin 1/4″ layer of fiber reinforced concrete, then prime and paint the dome with two coats of good quality exterior concrete paint.
  • Finish the interior with joint compound, plaster or stucco.
  • Shipped via NIShippers on a pallet anywhere in USA for around $270 to $600.

This article discusses some of the awards & recognition
American Ingenuity Concrete Domes have received.
40' dome on right linked to 30' dome.

40′ concrete dome on right linked to 30′ dome.  Featured on front cover of Popular Science Magazine in 1987.  Dome also won award for “Most Energy Efficient Residence” in southeastern USA

 

34' dome on left linked to 45' dome.

34′ dome on left linked to 45′ dome.  American Ingenuity Office domes have been featured on TV & in newspaper articles.

 

27' garage dome with garage door up.....can park two medium size vehicles.

27′ garage dome with garage door up…..can park two medium size vehicles. These domes were awarded EPA’s Energy Star ranking.

Through the years, American Ingenuity Domes have been featured in many magazine articles, books, newspaper articles and television programs.

Television Coverage:

1)    Inside Edition:  On September 11, 1998, Inside Edition, a syndicated TV show led off with a segment on our geodesic domes.  The theme of the segment revolved around the super strength of our domes and how they withstand hurricane forces.  The reporter and two man camera crew first went to Miami and interviewed the owners of a dome that survived a direct hit from hurricane Andrew.  Views of the Menendezes’ beautiful interior were shown but the inspiring stories of the horse trailer and tornado slamming the dome got edited.  They then drove up to our corporate offices.  The segment went on to show our five dome complex including  component panels being made in the factory.  The next stop was to view domes under construction in Melbourne, a 34′ home linked to a 22′ garage.  Also of interest was the interior metal framing and metal floor joists.

The program director had previously asked us for a way to illustrate the domes ability to withstand hurricane force winds.  Short of calling up a 200 mph wind and filming the real thing, the next best option is a computer finite analysis.  The computer simulated a force equal to 230 mph winds.  Our dome stood rock solid.  In fact, to see the movement in the dome, the deflection had to be magnified 50 times.  A square structure was also modeled but it collapsed with 150 mph winds.

A completed dome home was the next stop.  After videoing the house and the dog dome, the reporter, Stephen Gendel, asked for an egg.  While on screen he took his best shot at squeezing it to death.  They departed shortly thereafter knowing that they had a good story and I can tell you with certainty, they were impressed.

About a week after the program aired we got a call from the New York office.  They specifically called to tell us that they had received a flood of calls from people trying to get in touch with us.  For viewers to call us directly they had to figure out the city and area code on their own.  One lady reported that the long distance information operator knew our number by heart.

2)    Film Garden Entertainment of California put together a television program for Home and Garden TV and wanted to include our geodesic dome.  A TV crew spent a day filming our office and manufacturing facility along with two local dome residences.  They also interviewed Michael and Glenda for many hours about the dome concept, manufacturing and assembly of our domes.  The program Insiders List aired in August 2004.  The theme of the program was the top 10 innovative prefab homes throughout the world.  It ranged from “Wee Houses” in the Midwest that were 18′ x 24′ x 10′ to million dollar prefab penthouse modules placed on purchased rooftop spaces in London.  American Ingenuity was privileged to be ranked number 9 on the list.

Magazine coverage:
• A cover story in Popular Science in March 1987
• Builder Dealer Magazine in November 1987
• Ambassador Magazine for Trans World Airlines in May 1990
• American Survival Guide magazine in January 1991 and September 1995
• Aberdeen’s Concrete Construction magazine in March 1996
• Home Power magazine in June/July 1998

Book coverage:
• Future Stuff
• Xtreme Houses by Courtenay Smith & Sean Topham. Prestel Verlag offices are in Munich, Berlin, London, New York 2002

Newspaper Coverage: (to read some of these articles click on Newspaper)
• Numerous articles written by syndicated columnist James Dulley
• Florida Today
• Detroit News
• Asheville Citizen Times January 19, 2006 (North Carolina)
• International Herald Tribune December 10-11, 2005 (Hong Kong)
• The New York Times January 11, 2007
• The Florida Keys Sunday January 28, 2007
• Jamaica-Gleaner August 26, 2007