ECOdomes are constructed using a super tough inflatable air form, polyurethane foam insulation and steel-reinforced concrete. Each structure surpasses durability standards established by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offers near-absolute protection against fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
The continuous single-ply PVC waterproofing membrane ensures waterproof protection for the reinforced concrete shell and the contents within the structure. A mold resistant UV-protection resin coats both sides of the membrane providing long-term protection from these two common sources of degradation.
Sandwiched between the exterior waterproofing membrane and the reinforced concrete shell, a continuous layer of polyurethane foam insulates the entire shell structure from extreme temperature fluctuations preventing structural fatigue and long-term damage. The continous layer of insulation keeps the structure dry by eliminating condensation problems.
The superior strength of the ECOdome structure provides a high tolerance for differential settlements, minimizing the need for deep foundations.
With its foundation, walls, and roof forming a seamless concrete dome securely embedded below the frost line, the ECOdome superstructure acts as a natural thermal battery absorbing and retaining heat energy from within the earth.
Patented protective and insulating technologies ensure a consistent naturally induced interior temperature of approximately plus 12 degrees Celsius or 55 degrees Fahrenheit without artificial heating or cooling. Thus, the structure requires dramatically reduced energy to regulate a precise and comfortable interior temperature even during the ambient extremes of summer and winter.
The efficient double curvature structure of an ECOdome conserves construction materials by using less materials to enclose more interior space. ECOdomes are cost-efficient, earth-friendly, extremely durable and fully customized. Each interior is designed and equipped according to the facilities, lighting, windows, appliances, decor and equipment you specify.
Inflation of the ECOdome membrane takes just a few hours, after which all construction processes continue inside the inflated dome, safe from outside weather conditions. This protected environment allows construction in adverse weather and enhances safer, faster completion of the project.
A reinforced concrete ECOdome uniquely maintains structural integrity in extreme heat and fire conditions. Its designed strength provides superior explosion containment. As well, ECOdomes cannot burn, rust, rot, or be ravaged by insects.