How to Build a Concrete Dome Shell
A Simple Method Using Basalt Fibre Reinforcing
A Dome Building Manual
A step-by-step dome building manual of Domeshells method of building dome structures suitable for DIY, trades and professional builders. Anyone can learn.
The basalt-reinforced concrete dome building manual
The method we teach here is a simple way to fabricate the shape of a dome using basalt fibre rebar.
We use mesh, sand and cement to build extremely strong thin concrete shell structures.
We include plans and specifications of a design capable of high cyclonic winds.
It is a method that does not require a mold.
It is cost-effective and easy to learn, making it suitable for DIY, trades, and professional builders.
Benefits of The No-Mold Method
- Easy to get materials
- Easy to learn and apply
- It works great to build as a team
- Learn to make your own dome shelter or home
Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Dome Structure
Follow these steps to build a cyclone-rated thin concrete dome shell structure using our Simple Method – let the creative in you fly!
From preparing the site to setting out, preparing and pouring a slab to every step and detail of constructing the dome and finishing it off. out the area where the dome structure will be built.
Basalt Fibre Reinforced Dome Building Manual
- A step by step guide
- With detailed descriptions and images of the process
- For people with no previous building experience
- For trades and professional builders
- Learn a simple method to build a comfortable dome home
- Includes plans for a 3.0m diameter dome
- Includes quantities calculation sheet
- Low material costs
- Extremely strong (withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, fire)
- Can be engineered for any building authority
- Meets Bush fire BAL Zone FZ
What You Will Learn from the Manual
- How to build an engineered concrete shell structure
- How to form and pour a circular concrete slab
- How to install basalt rebar starter bars into the slab
- How to use the superior basalt bars to form the shape of the dome structure
- How to design and build the forms for pre-casting window and door frames
- How to fabricate temporary elements to use during the fabrication process
- How to form the shape of the opening for windows and doors
- How to fabricate a skylight opening
- How to fabricate a skylight ring to make a breathable skylight
- Detailed explanations and images of the process – a photographic guide
- List of materials quantities you will need
- Formulas for working out the quantities of materials for any size dome
- List of Tools needed – requires minimal tools
- Where to get your materials
Use this method to build
For DIY, Owner Builders, and Professional builders.
The Most Simple Method of Building an Engineered Concrete Dome Shell
Using this easy to learn method, you are able to construct an almost perfect geometry, thin concrete shell structure without the need of a mould and will withstand:
- category 5 cyclones and hurricanes
- termites and insects
Our Sustainable Method is Designed for Anyone to Learn
This is our solution to providing a cost- effective, sustainable solution for people everywhere to have the opportunity to build their own small house or storm shelter that will withstand the most extreme forces.
We offer a full design service to tailor to your specific needs in your specific part of the world. Join the world wide revolution, take back your freedom, learn a skill that can save lives by being part of the world wide Domeshells building system.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Domeshells “Simple Method” of building dome structures?
The Domeshells simple method involves 3 basic stages. Firstly the foundation and slab, then we fabricate a wire frame structure using basalt rebar grid of vertical and horizontal bars – like a birdcage. Over the bird cage we tie a fine basalt mesh. Next we apply layers of render or plaster to build up the desired wall thickness.
2. What is basalt fibre reinforced concrete?
Basalt fibre reinforced concrete is a type of concrete that is reinforced with basalt fibres, which provide additional strength and durability.
3. How long does it take to build a dome structure using the Simple Method?
The time it takes to build a dome structure using the Simple Method will depend on the size of the structure and the level of experience of the builder and team. At our training workshops it generally takes around 7-8 students, 7 days to construct a 3.0m diameter dome from the slab up.
4. Can I build a dome structure on my own?
Yes, the Simple Method is easy to learn and can be done by anyone. However, it is recommended to have at least one other person to assist with the construction.
5. Is the Simple Method suitable for commercial buildings?
Yes, the Simple Method can be used to construct commercial buildings such as offices, schools, and community centers.
6. How does the Simple Method compare to traditional building methods?
The Simple Method is designed for simplicity without the use of complicated equipment or technology. It is labor intensive. It forms the basis of our more advanced methods such as using an air form as a mold and also using rigid fiber glass mold that are the most efficient. Our most sophisticated system is generally quicker than traditional building methods. It also requires less trades and skilled labor.
7. What are the maintenance requirements for a dome structure built using the Simple Method?
A Domeshell structure requires minimal maintenance after it has been water proof coated and painted. There is no steel that can rust and the shell is extremely tough. However, it is recommended to inspect the structure regularly and make any necessary repairs.
The Simple Method offers a cost-effective and easy way to build a strong and durable dome structure. Anyone can learn this method and create their own unique dome structure. Try it out today!