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Aircrete/EPIC Advantages!

Aircrete/EPIC Advantages!

. 5 min read

8 Irresistible Reasons To Build with an AirCrete/EPIC mix (Expanded Polystyrene Infused Cement):

Perhaps the most obvious reason to build with airCrete/EPIC is the enormous amount of money it will save: in construction, maintenance, energy costs by keeping you cool during the summer and warm in the winter. AirCrete/EPIC is simply the most practical, high-quality, low cost material there is. We can get the cost down below $26.00 per cubic yard. They play a double function as both structure and as an insulator. Millions of tiny closed air cells and the small recycled expanded polystyrene foam gives airCrete/EPIC its insulating properties. The wood fiber and infused charcoal  in the EPIC mix give tremendous strength. You can form it to any thickness to suit your climate. Just one liter of dish detergent with 10 gals of water make enough foam to produce about 2 cubic meters or 70 cubic feet of airCrete. EPIC is a mixture of wood fiber, polystyrene and Portland cement. We can mix aircrete and EPIC together to make an even less expensive building material. The foam expands the volume of cement by a factor of 5 - 7x. It eliminates the need for aggregates, gravel, sand or rock which can be costly, take up space on site, and requires heavy equipment to deliver and hard labour to work with. Domes are very energy efficient. They enclose the most space with the least material. 40% of the energy loss in conventional structures is around the thermal bridges where studs, floors and roof meet the exterior walls. There are no thermal bridges in a structurally reinforced airCrete/EPIC dome home. The seamless integration of floor, walls and roof eliminates outside air penetration which allows the natural flow of interior convection currents that make it easier to heat and cool. We can also use a 3.5" layer of closed cell polyurethane foam for additional insulation and then cover it with the aircrete/EPIC mix .
If you are concerned with our ecology then airCrete/EPIC will have a special appeal to you too. airCrete/EPIC has gained international recognition as an ecological building material because of its resource efficiency. Its reduced environmental impact is only getting better as greener alternatives to Portland cement continue to be developed. By adding 6% charcoal to the mix, strength is enhanced and CO2 is sequestered. It helps to prevent mold and purifies the air on the inside of your dome home. It also prevents electronic magnetic pulse pollution. One (1) pound of charcoal sequester 3.6 pounds of CO2. Expanded polystyrene lasts 500 years in a land fill and doesn't really have a feasible commercial recycling useage.
A small flame can become an inferno very quickly in a conventional wooden home. Once fire penetrates the thin walls, the spaces between the studs act like chimneys that allow the fire too easily spread through the entire structure.  Even if the fire doesn’t destroy your stick frame house; the fire department likely will during the process of trying to extinguish the fire.  AirCrete/EPIC is fireproof. You can also build a rocket stove furnace with it as it will not burn.
Water damage is a constant threat to wood, adobe, cob, straw bale, compressed earth and even metal buildings.  AirCrete/EPIC is not harmed by water, you can build a house boat with it.  It will not rot, rust or decompose in water.  You might want to cover your home with vegetation, no problem! Put a sprinkler on top to keep it moist and cool in the summer, no problem!
Insects and rodents are another annoying threat. They find every nook, crack and cranny. Conventional homes are riddled with seams, joints and layers that invite pests. Regardless of the initial quality, as a conventional home ages it becomes more accommodating to pests.  In many parts of the world houses are fumigated with toxic chemicals to control termites, cock roaches and other pests.  It’s an endless battle.  I’m not sure what’s worse; the pests or the chemicals.  It’s a hopeless situation for most houses in the tropics.  With tight windows and doors which are structurally reinforced airCrete/EPIC dome home are impervious to pests of all kind and can last for centuries with very little maintenance. It’s comforting to know that you can sleep soundly with out the intrusion of pests.
Natural disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, floods, volcanic eruptions - you name it, a dome is the strongest structural shape bar none. The fragile shell of an egg would crumble under the slightest pressure if it was flat. Its incredible strength comes from the dome's shape. A dome is strong because it distributes forces equally in all direction throughout its entire surface. Architects and engineers have know this for centuries. Some of the oldest standing buildings in the world are domes.  That's why they cover some of the worlds most prominent buildings, like the US capital, state capitals, cathedrals, temples and mosques.
“Sick house syndrome” is a term used to describe the ailments caused by the off gassing of modern construction materials. AirCrete/EPIC is inert, it’s composed of limestone and other natural materials. And it’s a good base for the application of interior natural plasters. Charcoal purifies the air.
There is something intangible, freeing and uplifting that soothes your soul the moment you step into one of our dome homes.  The graceful arches, round windows and oval doorways are inspiring. They give you a sense of expansion as though you have entered a sacred space.  Structurally reinforced airCrete/EPIC domes are extraordinary and they provide something that conventional rectangular buildings simply cannot. Every living thing, from the tiny cells in our body to the great mother earth is surrounded by an electro magnetic energy field.  When we live in a box that limits our functionality.  We naturally feel more alive in a dome.  Your dome home will surround you with a secure sense of serenity.
Most creatures build their home in a day.  Yet many of us spend the best years of our lives as debt slaves to the banks to pay for our homes.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Building a structurally reinforced airCrete/EPIC dome home is easily achievable for most people.  Especially if you do it together.  It’s easy to learn and the tools we provide which do most of the work for you.  Work becomes play when we help each other.  It will be one of your life’s memorable events. Building your own home with friends and family is a deeply satisfying accomplishment that too few people experience.  Yet still the greatest joy will come from living in it!

Great designs have incorporated domes!


Expanded Polystyrene Infused Cement "EPIC"!
Proven to withstand hurricanes! This one is called the "Eye of the Storm!"