Archive for March, 2016

Today in residential construction we usually follow a single line of framing execution, and that is the light timber pop up framing. This is the first distinctly American building practice and embodies the pioneering spirit in that it takes geomuch less people to execute the raising of a wall. The problem is, this technique was developed for traveling prospector, not to the homeowner of today. So we need to rethink how to construct homes in general considering improvements in both performance and materials used. In this way the most promising development we have had in the past century has been the development of geodesic math and geodesic engineering for commercial purposes. Developed by visionary builder R Buckminister Fuller geodesics can be defined as line segmented sphere that triangulates a network to form a rigid dome structure that evenly distributed the weight in a kind of stable distribution of tension and compression.  Here are a few of the reasons why Geodesic home framing is superior to traditional practices.

 

  1. They are cheaper to build than traditional homes

You are going to save on not only materials of the project but the big one is time. Labor is always the largest expenditure on any work site so with a Geodesic framed home what is massively important is that you are allow to do most of the work off site in a shop which allows for much better quality control as well as a much speedier and aasmooth building experience. By taking weather and the fatigue of the sun out of the project coupled with the speed and rapidity that is inherent in geodesic building you are bound to experiencing immense savings.

 

2. Energy Efficiency

Given the spherical nature of the geodesic dome it is naturally the most efficient shape in covering the most living area with the least amount of ground surface space. When we compare this to similarly sized rectangular houses the geodesic dome will on average yield about 30% more living space per square foot per home. This also accounts for a 33% saving in lumber usage. When you consider you central appliances such as heating and air the dome is well ahead of the curve given that it is essentially an open air system. You do not need to pipe it across room to room in a corridor with ducts that are prone to clog and waste. You merely need a central point of air to equally and evenly distribute the heat. Not to mention that the circulation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

3. Disaster Insurance

Given the strength inherent to a geodome they are more stable against any kind of natural disaster than traditional timber framing. If you consider high winds in a traditional home with a large wall the wind would use it like a sail and compromise the shape. Snow is incapable of piling on the and collapsing roofs because there is no roof. Finally with something that compromises the foundation, such as an earth quack the weight is evenly transferred thus protecting against wracking of the frame.