Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Domes Housing Process

Domes are constructed following a method that requires a tough, inflatable bladder, steel-reinforced concrete and insulation.  The first step is to inflate the bladder.

Once the concete has hardend, the bladder can be removed as in the picture below.

The next step is to frame the windows and...
and then the doors as shown for Dome 8 in the foregroud.
Finally, the carpenters are hangng the door.
Nice and white, to reduce heat absortion. Notice too, the ventilation in the roof.

These will provide excellent shelter, at a minimum cost, for our loved ones.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Dome Housing Under Construction in Haiti

The new style of home being built at Espwa is the Dome or also referred to as EcoShells.  The dome is a housing solution in Haiti because the EcoShell is one of the strongest structures available. An EcoShell can be built with few materials and can be completed in as little as four days. The raw material resources needed to build EcoShells are also typically found in any locale. EcoShells are also virtually disaster proof. A dome's shape and composition provides resistance to high winds up to category 5 hurricanes.

The village will consist of one 20 foot Entrance Dome; one 32 foot Sanitation Dome; one 32 foot Education/Recreation Dome; two 20 foot Residential Domes and four 32 foot Residential Domes.
 20' Dome
 32' Dome
Sanitation Dome
Inside the Sanitation Dome