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Habitus Domes -- put up in 30Mins by 3 people--Disaster proof !

 
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I recently came into contact with the owner of Habitus domes their site is habitusbuildingsystems.com. The domes are constructed out of eco-friendly materials and do NOT off-gas, they are easy to put together, cheaper than a conventional home, and virtually indestructible!

Here is a quote from their site:

"Here’s what is needed, to erect a Modulus® Basic dome;      • about 30 minutes     • 3 unskilled workers    • some simple tools and     • 20 minutes training"

these domes are great for those of us aware of the earth changes and are permies at heart as per habitus:

" Habitus® domes are extremely environmentally friendly and they create ZERO
construction waste, ZERO pollution and have virtually ZERO negative environmental impact.
A Habitus® dome, offers the greatest amount of usable space, using the least amount of materials.
They can also be buried underground, so you would hardly know they were there."


I am considering this and will most likely be purchasing a dome once I settle down in my future home-land.


If you decide to contact mention that Blaze told you about them !!


This is dome reminds me of the Wofati as it can be buried and doing so will increase the insulation which is already R32.

Has anybody heard of this company?

What are your thoughts on this dome?

Are you interested? Maybe we can form a community using this as our housing?
 
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looks very interesting, be nice if the prices were listed, plus shipping.
 
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Looks like prefabricated parts, meaning transport is going to be an issue – at least for me.
I wonder what they use to seal the outside walls? (And what the outside layer is made of)
 
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Here is a quote from the company overview:

"proprietary custom blend of high tech, high grade, PolyUrea called Rockard®, an extremely resilient, elastic material, used in many high stress applications. For optimal insulation, we use a filling of PolyUrethane, to give 6” (15.25cms) thick walls, for an insulation value upwards of R42. "

Yes shipping would be an issue but they are planning on setting up Plants/Factory internationally given enough interest as the it would be cheaper for both parties.

The cost of a basic unit in the USA would be about 20,000$

From the looks of it the pieces fit snugly together and there is no seam. Also the pieces are light enough to be carried by one person.
 
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Hi,
I have seen other vendors on Youtube offer similar systems. The building material is of the same family as polystyrene foam used for hot beverages and insulation sheets but this one is high density. It's an abuse of language to say that it's eco-friendly because it's not biodegradable. Most vendors sell these unit as emergency housing after a disaster.
 
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Well … I have seen everything degrade here, except glass. Steel, stainless steel, rock, all kinds of plastic… So I don't think the coating will live long, by house standards that is. UV radiation is pretty much an unsolved problem, except for very few materials that use Flour-Carbon bonds that can withstand it.
Aluminium also holds up quite good, if kept away from alkaline solutions and acids.
 
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Hey Brigitte could you supply a name of the youtube video you found this on??
 
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seems there are several if you search youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-wCS_Srs-o


 
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Nice thank your for the link!! The material is similar I don't think the same...at least that is the claim here by Habitus.

Interesting to note that this 'tech' is already out, even though the details of the material may be different. I am saying this because owner of HAbitus claims there is a huge demand for their product and they are gearing up to build their first factory...yet I just learned of this.

SO it seems Habitus really changed up the formula and their 'propriety' material blend is indeed better or they their manufacturing process is better ...OR a combo of the two factors improved ...otherwise it seems like 'old news'....but news none-the-less to me.

I will have to look into this dome type some more as it seems rather convenient to work with and sturdy material  
 
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Can't speak for the product but their website has numerous red flags.

***@gmail.com doesn't speak highly of them, as they are using a free web service.
The photos i could see seem to be all cgi - where is the proof in the real world? They have cgi of this being used as a buried dome, but nothing showing it done in practice.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:Can't speak for the product but their website has numerous red flags.

***@gmail.com doesn't speak highly of them, as they are using a free web service.
The photos i could see seem to be all cgi - where is the proof in the real world? They have cgi of this being used as a buried dome, but nothing showing it done in practice.



Something else, several of the real world photos used in the slide show are obviously of some other construction.

That said, it is possible these folks are legit just starting out and don't have a lot of real pics yet. But $20K for a 23' dome is not really that cheap. It isn't outrageous, but it is not cheap either. Personally I will stick to building my own underground house from mostly materials from my property using Wofati and other underground concepts.
 
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Devin Lavign wrote:

Michael Cox wrote:
That said, it is possible these folks are legit just starting out and don't have a lot of real pics yet.



Their website copyright notice is dated 2016. They have had plenty of time.

 
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From my brief contact with the company they have stated that they have ' funding approved' to build their first factory and are currently waiting for the funds to be 'released' so tat they can proceed with their plans...

Is this normal procedure in starting a company???
 
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Like Michael said there maybe some red flags here.  Do they just have a prototype or do they have references from people they have built domes for.  What is their Better Bussiness rating?

Have you check out other companies like these?  I know nothing about them.

http://instadomeshelters.com/

 The InstaDome™ Shelter, is a patented revolutionary portable shelter. Our InstaDome shelters have bridged the gap from tents and trailers to traditionally built framed houses.Made of a high-tech aerospace composite material, the InstaDome™ Shelter is built to sustain hurricane strength winds or earthquakes and insulated to stay warm in extreme arctic sub-zero degree weather or cool in hot desert climates, these portable dome structures can be assembled in just a few hours by three untrained people. The pieces can fit in the back of a pick up truck, single helicopter sling, or a bush cargo plane and can be set up on almost any terrain. These shelters are not only ideal for research needs, quarantine shelters, and emergency relief situations but will satisfy the needs of Homeland Security, the Military, Labor Housing, Homeless Communities and many more.






http://www.emergencygobags.com/emergencydome

 Setting up the dome is easy and cost effective for year after year enjoyment. Since our portable domes are made from aerospace plastic it will not discolor or rot....Life expectancy of over 30 years

FACTORY DIRECT PRICES START AT JUST $7,500 FOR THE 14' DOME & ONLY $12,500 FOR THE 20' DOME!





 
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In what way is it permaculture to buy a plastic dome that only lasts up to 30 years? What happens to it after that point? What do we do with the broken pieces after it will no longer serve as a structure?

A wofati design, even one that uses some type of plastic layer to keep the soil umbrella dry atop the structure, will use far less plastic, and as that plastic is essentially encased in soil, only the sort of damage done by digging might disturb and damage it.

I'll pass, thanks. Make mine a debris hut first. If it collapses, I'll make another.

-CK
 
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A neat thing to do that I've been thinking of, would be to make similar domes but in a natural material like hemp-crete, that is, concrete made with hemp and lime. A mold must be made first, which could be dug in the ground and properly shaped, then the hempcrete would be poured, and the structure would either stand on its own, or rest on a https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bamboo+star+dome (bamboo star-dome) structure.
Another approach would be to make blocks like when making an igloo.
 
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