Beautiful! Brilliant with the rain catchment. I am curious as to how the aircrete domes are doing in earthquake prone areas so far. It is hard to see the actual inside structure of your buildings so I can't tell if it is the aircrete domegaia type build or different?
Council approval issues with aerated concrete.
When I was considering the dome home I contacted council and was told they’d be happy with any material as long as it was designed by a structural engineer.
The development approval though was a surprise!
There is no national building code for aerated concrete so council’s building inspectors won’t do the progress inspections and certifications required at different stages of the build. These include: inspecting and approving the footings before concrete is poured; reinforced concrete floors etc had to be inspected and signed off by the structural engineer.
For me this would be a huge impost: the engineer is 800kms and two flights each way from Longreach. And three days out of his working week. As a result council has agreed that a local builder can give a verbal report answering the engineer’s queries by phone and we supply photos and videos as required and if the engineer’s happy he’ll sign off on it.
I suppose the moral is to use your local neighbourhood structural engineer (though that’s what I did).
@Anm8or Hello!!! Thank you so much for your message. I'm really looking forward to work with you to build arecrete dome house in Michigan. I have seen a post with a picture of aircrete dome house by someone from Michigan on this website. However, the person mentioned that the house is only about 200 sqft (if i remember correctly) and it requires a building permit from the department if you want bigger dome house.
My biggest concern is getting a permit from Michigan government.
I have been contacting people who are interested in this project.
I'm trying to build one in Ann Arbor area, but I probably need a building permit also.
To be honest, I'm not sure where to start, but lets do our best and make it happen together!!
Please let me know if you have any good ideas & updates.
thank you so much for your support again.
At the Mazunte workshop 35 inexperienced people got a 6m dome almost completed in a week. The organisers quote about $10,000 for a dome home (not including the cost of the footings, because it varies so much depending on the soil type).
The biggest expense was for plans drawn up by a structural engineer as required by my local council. I reckon it’s costing me about $A1 a block (220 x 330mm) and I’ll need about 2500 for the 3 domes.
Corners and eaves catch high winds. Thats why conventional constructions are always ripped apart by tornados and hurricanes. Flat roofs leak in rains, so a pitch needs to be added to the roof, adding complexity and expense. Aircrete domes have no roof so I suspect much less long term maintenance is needed as well.
sorry i lost ur mail.... now i got it :-)
JOHN, as i told u that i will not build a dome anymore. it was a nice idea.
i made different types of bricks, i still have some samples. and the tool for the foam. it works fine. u have to experiment urself, then u will see, its not as easy as u may think. to build the foam mashine was the most difficult, to make the bricks was just easy. u can get the mashine for a reasonable donation even the foam liquit if u want to make ur own experience.