Domes For The World Foundation Asks You to Help
Updated January 23, 2007
by Rebecca South
Domes For The World Foundation Mission Statement
The Domes For The World Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of people worldwide through the introduction and construction of Monolithic Domes and EcoShells for personal and public use. We will initiate and coordinate efforts to alleviate storage, shelter and housing shortcomings in struggling cultures and impoverished lands. We will seek out grants and donations to fund construction of permanent, affordable, sanitary, and safe structures for those who have none. We will train local peoples in our methods of construction and transfer our technology.
In countries such as the Union of South Africa, Korea, Mexico, Ghana, Philippines, Honduras and others, the need for low-cost housing is staggering. Reported housing shortages range from 500,000 to 1,000,000. Can you imagine the effort it takes to initiate a project for 1,000, 10,000 or 100,000 units? Example: Building 25,000 homes in a timely manner, with a goal of 20 completed units per day, for 250 days per year, requires 5 years.
The logistics are enormous and the financing presents another problem. In many areas, families must maintain themselves with an annual income that wouldn’t pay an average dry-cleaning bill. Fire is also a danger, and fire protection usually is limited. Other hazards impinging on quality housing include earthquakes, hurricanes, rot and decay.
The UN has set guidelines for what they deem to be adequate housing. We have built a prototype home at the Monolithic headquarters meeting their requirements. It is a simple, 28-square-meter (314 square feet) house which utilizes approximately $1000 worth of basic material. This (EcoShell) concrete steel-reinforced dome measures 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter and 3 meters (10 feet) in height. It consists of openings for a door and window in front and two small windows in the rear.
For this example, we are assuming there is some sort of existing infrastructure near the building site. The cost of extending simple roads, simple water, simple sewage with sewage treatment, including land costs will run approximately $2000 per unit. We add $1000 per unit for the raw cost of the structure. That includes the Airforms. (Since we expect to build one hundred homes using one Airform, the project will require ten Airforms at $3,000 each). To that, we add $2000 for interior finish, appliances, basic equipment and general overhead. A thousand units, therefore, will cost around $5 million.
Before construction of homes commences, a crew will build the infrastructure. Next, the foundations and floors will be built; followed by a crew to inflate the Airforms and apply the reinforcing steel; followed by a crew to apply the concrete; followed by a crew to finish the doors, windows, and exterior coatings; followed by a crew who will finish the structures.
If five homes are started per day and if work proceeds without interruption, 1,500 families will have superior homes in 300 days. If we allow one-third of the time for interruptions, a 1000-dome project, at three homes per day, will take about a year.