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    Posted July 2, 2008 by
    Kerhonkson, New York
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    Going green

    Monolithic Dome in Upstate New York

    In 1998 I lost a house to a tornado in Nashville, TN, and in 2001, almost lost a house to forest fire in Kerhonkson, NY. I decided to build a structure that could withstand natural disasters, and found the answer to my dreams: the Monolithic Dome. A new paradigm for the construction of energy-efficient homes, combining ancient form with modern technology. These Domes are as disaster proof as a building can get. They will withstand tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and fire. They cannot be burned, eaten by bugs or destroyed by mold. They will last for centuries. And because of the concrete's thermal mass, interior temperatures remain stable. Current "green" aspects are: All timber framing inside was milled from the clearing of the trees on the property; the only other wood used was for interior wall framing and creation of the second floor. The concrete is a readily available resource (dirt and sand); passive solar and the thermal mass of insulated concrete make it very comfortable with very little heating in the winter and unnecessary to have air conditioning in summer. And - the really good news is also: 1.That I am at $125/sq. ft for construction costs; 2. My total energy bill for the last 3 years (Propane for radiant heat, electricity and wood) has averaged $1,000/year for a 3,200sq ft structure. Not bad. And, I am not finished with the tightening (berming) of the foundation and thermal breaks. I plan to install solar, geothermal and microhydro. For a slideshow, please visit my websites: http://peggyatwood.com/monolithic.shtml http://www.myspace.com/catskillmountaindomes
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