Since 1972, we have been designing & building domes to be healthy, resource efficient & environmentally sane living spaces. 5 of our main healthy dome principles are:
1. Initial Architectural Design
2. Site Orientation & Water Drainage
3. Building Materials of Dome Structure
4. Operating Systems
5. Finishing and Landscaping for Health
2. Site Orientation & Water Drainage:
Part of a healthy living space involves the total design being "tuned" to the positive benefits of the sun and the wind. You want your living spaces to be bright, airy, cheerful and warm. Because a dome is round, it doesn't feel out of place on any site when you turn it to take advantage of solar and wind benefits. Our Natural Spaces Domes can have skylights in any one of its triangles, allowing us to proportion the amount of light inside each room. The psychological benefits of sunlight are well known as well as its energy benefit.
Proper vertical location of your dome on its site is the most important factor in a dry, healthy interior. Whether you build using an on-grade concrete slab, a crawl space or a full height lower level, proper positive drainage of rain away from your dome is crucial. Proper control of underground moisture is also dealt with. Healthy interior spaces means controlling unwanted moisture from any source.
Parking areas must also control surface water drainage. Water should always be directed away from the building foundation. If you are building in a hilly area, you may want to consider using pervious concrete or pervious pavers so more water is kept on site.