Yes the treatment is very cheap. Also you can make it yourself at home. You don't have to buy it in small 4-8 oz bottles for maybe 20+- bucks.
It is made from 80% Chlorine Chlorite and 4% HCL. Go to "https://www.miracleofwater.com/" and look thru the site pages to learn. There are videos on exactly how to make it. The ingredients seem expensive at first glance but the end product cost you pennies. It does way more than treat water as you will learn but I can not say here due to very aggressive censorship of this subject.
As to water there being cheap have you added in the cost of your medications and doctor visits?
At any rate it is wise to learn how to stay healthy. Nobody will care about it like you will. They look to the income you have to live with it.
Wouldn't the 3 layers of different materials have problems staying bonded to each other after the heat treatment? I would think each layer would expand and contract differently, causing separation. But I've been wrong before LOL
Bevsre has some points. There needs to be some protection for people who want to build their own houses. I believe there needs to be a set of codes for dome homes, but it should only apply to safety and environment. Things of that nature.
@KnowItAllTeen You bring up a rather controversial issue among dome designers. It seems to come down to form vs function. Engineering will always choose the cylindrical base; architecture will always demand the untainted sphere.
Domegaia happens to be led by an architect therefore their domes are purely spherical, always, no exception. My friend is a retired engineer - his dome uses the cylindrical base.
I have yet to hear of a pure sphere aircrete dome developing cracks at the equator. But that is not to say that I won't at somepoint in the future.
I haven’t included labour costs as my son and I are doing the building work ourselves. If you’ve been to the Domegaia workshop you’ll know what has to be done and will be able to direct those you employ to do it - it is pretty straightforward. In Australia we have to employ professional plumbers and electricians but I don’t know the situation in Costa Rica. Also in Australia we are obliged to pay a minimum rate - about $25 an hour (one of the reasons our project is do-it-yourself) but again that may be different where you are.
I would suggest that you have your plans why not get local builders or tradesmen to give you a quote for the job - then at least you’ll have an idea of what construction costs look like.
@gelucske Hi gelucske, have you succesfully built your dome ? I also live in Belgium, I'm quite new to this and don't have any experience. I'm gathering info ( would love to participate in a project ) and looking for builders. Your feedback would be nice
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I am doing some research to see what might be out there by others types of dome building. I came across a statement from an engineer and don’t have the exact quote
But essentially the dome has been around fo a long time and has strength no other structure has ! I think some exceptions were made in building code for the dome building because of this. I have yet gone to the county to start my application for the permits yet. One other stop prior to that was a local engineering/architecture firm for some consulting. Looking for some others with experience with the permitting and codes issues. I don’t want to work and then be told to take it down . Been there before and it’s no fun. It was a remodel in a county in Oregon.
@greenfire Thanks for caring and volunteering. I hope your offer is still valid. You are now appointed as a moderator. I have been off-grid for three years and I agree that this forum has degraded considerably during that time. Let's whip this place back into shape.
@vitusthemadfive nights at freddy's no real set formula but we do it like that to fit human scale. The equator at this heigth makes for a dome that allows for more head room Near the walls and ceilings. It would make sense to make a higher equator as the dome size increases. I know that smaller domes use shorter equators to keep bricks from angling too steeply at the base...
My family and I are excited about the possibility of building Domegaia style - hosting a workshop and all - and we want to see one before moving forward! we will be together in NYC June 14 - 24, 2021 (soon), and we want to move (eventually) to Western Mass or surrounding area. We'd come anywhere within a few hours drive of New York to visit you. Where I live right now is San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley), and would organize a road trip around seeing one near here.
@tkishawihappy wheels hi sorry this answer has been so long coming but I’ve just been getting on with it. I hope you’ve sorted it out with council. But here’s my experience: council was prepared to approve the aircrete domes so long as the plans were provided by a structural engineer. Which I did. But when I got the DA approval conditions included all the inspections to be done by the engineer. Since he’s in Gladstone that would have required12 air flights, accomodation and fees. After some argy barcy council agreed to the inspections being done by a local builder in consultation with the engineer.
Hope this helps.
@Tumaini I’m not on WhatsApp and abandoned the bottle bricks in aircrete bocks idea pretty soon. A lot of the blocks split. Others leaked around the edge of the bottle. Others were just ugly. I did try to evenly space and reinforce the bottles by wrapping them with wire but a lot of the set unevenly and the whole ring seemed more work than it was worth.
After consulting with Gabe I’ll finish the dome then cut portholes in the roo and lay bottlebricks into the cavity with mortar. That is some time away though. Thanks for your interest.