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Published on July 8th, 2011 | by Aaron Fown


Monolithic Domes are Sustainable, Easy to Construct, and Nearly Perfectly Disaster Resistant

July 8th, 2011 by  

The monolithic dome gym and tornado shelter in Avalon, Texas, has proven to be quite a survivor! Watch the video to see how.

Sometimes, the best technologies are the ones that are largely developed, but have yet to be widely embraced. An excellent example is the monolithic dome technology, developed over the past several decades by the Monolithic Dome Institute and their head inventor, David South.

This building technique is faster to finish and more materials efficient than traditional methods of building, yet produces a structure with enviable energy efficiency, low maintenance and near perfect disaster resistance.

I traveled all the way down to Texas to prepare an extensive video review of the technology, featuring a highly informative interview with David South himself.  Check out part one and part two of my mini-documentary.

Enjoy! If these videos interest you, I have dozens more on a variety of green and sustainable subjects available at The Trip for Life.

Photo credit: Aaron Fown. 

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