Published on July 12th, 2011 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg2
Monolithic Dome Construction: Challenges and Opportunities
Last week, we took a look at the monolithic dome, a very energy-efficient and disaster resistant form of building. Aaron Fown, who produced the video in that post, has published the second part of his interview (above) with Monolithic Dome Institute CEO David South, and delves into some of the challenges and opportunities created by this particular design paradigm.
One of the questions that occurred to me last week: the costs (environmental and otherwise) and benefits of building with concrete (a very energy-intensive material). David discusses that, as well as the hurdles he faces with potential buyers who want to finance the building. He also goes into detail about some innovative possibilities for the building type, including low-income housing (which the Institute’s already put into place on a small scale), and even indoor food production using a model similar to Plantlab in the Netherlands.
Take a look, and let us know what you think about the monolithic dome concept. Is it as sustainable as, say, strawbale, cob, and other natural building materials? Would you want to live in one of these?