Going Green: Dome Homes

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MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE MOVING INTO “DOME” HOMES THESE DAYS — INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL SQUARE OR RECTANGULAR SHAPED HOUSES. BUILDERS SAY THEYRE BETTER INSULATED AND CAN SAVE YOU ENERGY COSTS. HERES MORE IN TONIGHTS CONCHO VALLEY GREEN.<< Reporter TrackTHEY SAY BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.DOMES CAN BE DOWNRIGHT GORGEOUS IF YOU VALUE STRENGTH AND ENERGY CONSERVATION.SOT”You could save anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of your energy costs alone.”Reporter TrackTHE SAVINGS COME FROM THE DOMES UNIQUE DESIGN.THEYRE MADE FROM A COMBINATION OF POLYURETHANE FOAM, REBAR AND SHORTCRETE.ITS A GREAT COMBINATION OF INSULATION AND STRENGTH.WITH WALLS A FOOT THICK DOMES MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ENERGY DOLLAR.THEY STAY COOL IN THE SUMMER AND WARM IN THE WINTER.SOT(nats: HURRICANE)Reporter TrackHURRICANES AND TORNADOS ARE ANOTHER REASON DOMES MAKE SENSE. THEY EASILY WITHSTAND 140 MILE PER HOUR WINDS.THATS BECAUSE THERE ARENT ANY SHARP CORNERS TO CATCH STRONG GUSTS.ADDITIONALLY DOMES ARE JUST DOWNRIGHT STRONG.SOT”… theyre still here today.”Reporter Track:DOMES CAN BE USED FOR MORE THAN JUST HOUSING.SOME HAVE BEEN TURNED INTO SCHOOLS, GYMNASIUMS EVEN CHURCHES. A SCHOOL DISTRICT NEAR DALLAS TEXAS RECENTLY BUILT A STATE-OF-ART MULTI-PURPOSE DOME. ITS USED FOR SPORTING EVENTS AND ASSEMBLIES. IT ALSO SERVES AS THE COMMUNITYS TORNADO SHELTER.SOT”I have nothing but positive things to say about it… and I encourage any Superintendant to come look at this place. Im very pleased. This town is very pleased it. I definitely think its the way to go”>>

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