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Styrofoam dome homes08 Aug 2008

Styrofoam dome houses at Aso Farm Land (Photo by: Erika Snyder) While styrofoam may be most commonly associated with disposable coffee cups, meat trays and packaging, prefab home manufacturer Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. uses it to construct easy-to-assemble modular kit homes.

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Dubbed the "habitat for the 21st century," the Dome House is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam). It might seem like an odd choice of material for a house, but the company lists a number of advantages that styrofoam has over traditional materials. Unlike wood and metal structures, for example, the styrofoam Dome House does not rust, rot or attract termites. It is also highly resistant to earthquakes and typhoons. In addition, the walls, which are treated with a flame retardant, emit no toxic fumes in a fire.

Dome House interior The styrofoam used in the Dome House's 175-millimeter (7 in) thick walls is significantly denser and stronger than ordinary packing foam. The material has excellent thermal insulation properties, resulting in higher energy efficiency and lower heating and cooling costs.

Construction of the Dome House shell is quick and easy. The prefabricated pieces, which each weigh about 80

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kilograms (175 lbs), can be carried by 2 or 3 people and assembled in a few hours. Once the shell is put together, coats of mortar and paint are applied for further protection from the elements. (Watch a short video of the assembly process.)

Measuring 7.7 meters (25 ft) wide and 3.85 meters (13 ft) tall, the basic Dome House has a floor space of 44.2 square meters (475 sq ft). It is possible to construct larger, elongated domes by adding more pieces, and joint units allow multiple domes to be connected into a single structure. Dome Houses, which are approved by Japan's Land and Transport Ministry, can be erected anywhere in Japan with the proper permit. According to the manufacturer, the versatile structures are suitable for use as hotel rooms, restaurants, freezer rooms, or even as hog farms. The Aso Farm Land resort village in Kyushu uses about 480 styrofoam domes as lodging, recreational facilities and retail shops.

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Aso Farm Land The Dome House can also be used as a bar, karaoke room, steam room, and more.

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Mushroom House karaoke room at Suijin-no-mori hot spring (Oita prefecture)

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Styrofoam dome steam room Whether or not this type of home is truly "perfect for the modern age" as the company suggests, the price is right. Dome House kits start at around 3 million yen (under $30,000), which does not include the cost of transport, assembly, interior construction, etc. [Link: Japan Dome House] 134 Comments Architecture Attraction Design Kyushu Material

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Jay 2008.08.08 ::: 21:56 # And to break in, all you need to a big bottle of acteone to melt a hole in the wall. [Reply] roger hunt 2010.02.14 ::: 09:05 # House is plastered after it is built is what I see in the details [Reply] bill 2011.01.31 ::: 18:47 # It's amazing how so many people can't even type one sentence and get it right. [Reply] Paul 2011.03.08 ::: 03:43 # It's amazing how many people notice the smallest things about other people!!!!!!!!! Bored i guess [Reply]

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Moses L. 2011.03.08 ::: 03:17 # I'm more than certain that these people designed the material so that it is not so easy to destroy or penetrate. I'm sure they aren't that obtuse, as you're assuming. [Reply] Dave 2011.12.16 ::: 11:54 # Breaking a window with a hammer would be about a hundred times faster. [Reply] c23 2008.08.08 ::: 23:28 # It's not quite right to call it a styrofoam house - it's made of "expanded polystyrene," the difference being that they didn't blow as many bubbles in it, so it's stronger and heavier than styrofoam. But they make no mention of what happens if a kid throws a rock at these houses. [Reply] Jane 2009.09.19 ::: 08:35 # Kids in Japaan don't throw rocks at houses - get real ! [Reply] Bobby 2010.04.30 ::: 03:38 # Hey hey, Hey! Wait a sec there tubby. Are you being racist?? Every little boy has a right to chuck a rock. Even if they are Japanese!! And anyways which kid would be able to resist not to take down a stupid house made of foam. I would love to hear your reply TUBBY! [Reply] bobby 2010.11.13 ::: 12:53 # Yet... Japanese still don't throw rocks at the houses, no matter kids or adults, they were actually raised and "brought up", nothing an average american would understand. I actually spent my 20 years of my life in Brooklyn NY and you know what?! concrete, many door locks and security systems DO NOT STOP A THIEF FROM GETTIN IN! ... and many of them are kids!!! Signed: one Russian [Reply] adoptakiwi

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2008.08.08 ::: 23:46 # so....even if the perfect construction material can be used that's cheaper, more natural disaster resistant and eco-friendly, it's rejected because people behave like barbarians and kids are unmannered? i think it's easier to improve social behaviors than to stop a typhoon, in most cases. [Reply] dale 2009.06.22 ::: 00:18 # true, Oh! how true and sad [Reply] StCredZero 2009.08.03 ::: 23:32 # On outer shell of Duracrete stucco, and rocks aren't an issue. [Reply] sharon s. 2010.01.21 ::: 00:27 # how to get in touch with ? Anyone over here (US) doing this? "outer shell of Duracrete stucco is brilliant- someone contact me about this, Please? ssedeen@gmail.com Sharon :) [Reply] Nathan 2010.01.30 ::: 22:58 # Hi Sharon I have been working on building styrofoam homes Email me Iam in Clearwater Fl. Looking to go to hati to help out and build Reg looking houseing poeple like them better. With strofoam you can have the look you want it is cut by a coumptor there is no waste.I have a video I can email you Thank Nathan o [Reply] sal 2010.02.06 ::: 00:25 # hi, here in central america wich is pretty close to us,we have the machine for tahat technology, and other construction alternative with same material if anyone interest in the distribution of the dome in us we can do it if some requirements are met. thank you please contact if need help Mccottern 2010.02.18 ::: 17:46 #

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Very interested in your system. When will you go to Haiti? Are you doing any developments in Florida? Anywhere Else? Thanks for timely response. McCotter Mccotter Ford Company (808) 220-4579 Samjane Bullock 2010.02.27 ::: 11:38 # Hi Nathan, Very interested in these Syrofoam dome homes. Have you already left for Haiti? We a working on a volunteer infrastructure in PAP. Would like to see the video could you email it to me pls.. mustafa 2010.03.20 ::: 17:14 # Hi Nathan, I am interested in styrofoam homes can you send your video to my mail adress smcanoglu@gmail.com Hugh 2010.03.23 ::: 04:53 # Please e-mail video, Thank you Christa 2010.03.31 ::: 03:53 # Hi so I'm doing a project for my carpentry class and I was wondering if you would be able to send me a link to the video as well it would give me a heads up on the project :) and if you also have a copy of the blue prints because i can not seem to find any. Thanks a lot Christa Lynn 2010.07.14 ::: 07:45 # Hi nathan, I am also interested in the styrofoam homes, can you send me information on it as well. J. 2010.11.10 ::: 09:34 # provide your contact info, I am in Brandon area and am interested in a 2nd home...have been aware of SIP type homes for decades (starting in Ok in the 80's).... they have stood the test Bluecreek 2010.11.11 ::: 19:45 #