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The Fun Is To Begin!

The Fun Is To Begin!

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AircreteHarry's New Dome Building System
Aircrete Harry has been of great assistance and inspiration by doing his building material experiments. We will be using many of his ideas in our building process. We hope he is able to come to Michigan during one of our workshops. We want to incorporate the best of the Monolithic Dome, the Geodesic Dome, the Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) and the Expanded Polystyrene Infused Cement (EPIC) mixes and Air Crete. It will be a fascinating journey. I went to one of Harry's first seminars co- sponsored with Dave Pennington of Texas. It was where we learned about the cost effective EPIC building material.

Aircreteharry New Dome Building System. EPIC & Paper-Aircrete Burn Test Dome Cabin Build Start to Finish Compression Test EPIC Samples Second EPIC Pour

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Nelson Hochberg | 45 years ago, I built 2 aircrete domes. I used 30" dia weather balloons for the forms (about $20 back then). I built a 1 foot high berm around the perimeter. Placed the balloon inside the berm and added 1 foot of water inside the balloon to keep the bottom flat. I then sprayed 1/2" of foam on the balloon. After the 1/2" foam hardened, I built the foam up to 6". Then I sprayed aircrete on the outside of the foam. After it hardened, I cut in a door and sprayed the inside of the dome with aircrete. After that, I sprayed in and floated the floor. They turned out to be very strong and very well insulated buildings.

“Domes are the strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space yet known to man.” — R. Buckminster Fuller