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Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake Guarantee. Ai domes survived Hurricane Andrew's 165 mph winds and Katrina's 140 mph winds


Season's Greetings.  All of us here at American Ingenuity wish you and your families a Peaceful Holiday Season and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.  Christmas week, Ai's office is open Dec 26, 27 & 28 from 10-3.  Ai is closed Dec 24, 25, 31 & Jan 1.

Exciting news, Ai has a brand new video that includes film showing our prefabricated panel being manufactured. To view, click on the video to the right named Detailed Dome Video.  Enjoy. 

 26% Discount - Dome Housing Kits*
Save $3,810 to $17,057
50% off Building Plans
2012 Winter Sale...take delivery Jan 1 - Apr 1, 2013 with Ai selecting the month/week of delivery.    Or save 23%, take delivery prior to January 2013 & April 1 to June 30, 2013.  Learn more click on Cost Savings.   *Excludes Eco Cottage Kits.

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New...New...New.....Introductory Sale Price $11,899** regular price $17,495----22' ECO Cottage Dome Building Kit with 4' risers (22 foot in diameter - 371 sq.ft.) Prefab panels include 3 1/2" EPS insulation (R14) with 1/4" wallboard & 3/4" steel reinforced concrete exterior. 22' kit contains all the panels for the dome shell along with panels for one entryway, two window dormers and one door dormer. Also includes two sets of building plans, Assembly Manual & misc parts. To view construction pictures, please click on video to the right named Brief Video.  For details, click on Cottage. Great for Special Hideaway, vacation cabin, mother-in-law quaters, hunting refuge, tiny home, micro home or starter home.  The Ai dome is much stronger & more insulated than a tent or yurt.  To learn about customizing your 22' dome with upgraded 7" EPS insulation and five foot tall risers, click on Eco Custom Cottage.      Ai has seven other larger domes from 780 sq.ft. to over 5,000 sq.ft.  To view Kit Sizes & square footages, click on Specs.
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Introductory Sale Price $13,899** regular price $19,495----ECO Pod Cottage Dome Building Kits with five foot risers. Total sq.ft. 627. (22 ft dome of 518 sq.ft. with 12 ft dome pod of 109 sq.ft.) Pricing includes two Dome Kits, two sets of Building Plans (value $820), Assembly Manual & misc parts.  The 22' kit consists of all the component prefabricated panels to assemble the 22 foot shell along with two entryways and 5' risers.  The 12 foot Pod kit consists of 2 inch EPS panels (R-8), two entryways and five foot risers. To view more details, click on Pod Cottage.  **low pricing is based on American Ingenuity selecting the month/week of shipment. If Buyer selects shipment date add $645 to sale pricing.

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ADVANTAGES OF AMERICAN INGENUITY DOMES
ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE
The Expanded Bead Polystyrene Insulation (EPS)
Utilized in the Ai Dome Buidling Kit
Does NOT Contain
HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane) or TCPP (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate
or Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) or Formaldehyde.
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SUPER-STRONG......Hurricane, Earthquake & Tornado Guarantee

The American Ingenuity 22' - 60' dome homes come with a hurricane, earthquake and tornado guarantee. A triangle is the strongest shape known to man.  To view a video that describes this, please click on Triangle versus Rectangle. The dome's geodesic shape combined with the steel reinforced concrete exterior allows for such a guarantee.  Ai's standard design will accommodate forces in excess of 250 mph winds, 90 lb. snow loads and #9 earthquakes.

In over 35 years, Ai domes have survived all major USA hurricanes (Andrew & Katrina), tornados and a Hawaiian earthquake, with no structural damage.  To read a recap of the Ai dome and acts of nature, click Nature.

The State of Florida requires Insurance Companies to offer reduced rates to homes that have high wind mitigation features.  The American Ingenuity dome meets and exceeds these requirements.  One of Ai's client's hurricane insurance premium went from $850 to $90 after he had his dome & windows/doors/shutters inspected and a Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form was completed by a Qualified Inspector.

Would you like to live in a super-strong, super-energy efficient dome home instead of an inefficient box shaped conventional house? To view a 12 page color brochure that illustrates Ai's component panel, kit assembly process, and finished dome pictures, please click on Color Brochure.

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SUPER-ENERGY EFFICIENT......Save 50% to 60% on your heating & cooling costs

Ai domes protect your wallet by saving you 50% to 60% off your heating and cooling costs. The major reasons for low utility bills are reduced surface area of the dome and its thick insulation. In the 27'-60' domes, the insulation consists of a seven inch block of rigid R-28 expanded bead polystyrene (E.P.S.) which is comparable to 11 inches of fiberglass batting.

For example American Ingenuity's Florida dome offices are a 45' dome connected to a 34' dome of 3,700 sq.ft. utilizing all electric power.  In the hot Florida summer months, Ai's offices can be cooled to 76 degrees for less than $80 a month. A 34' Ai dome of 1,200 sq.ft. located in Melbourne Florida can be cooled to 76 degrees for less than $35 a month in the hot Florida summer months.  In colder climates your dome will be even more energy efficient.  

The insulation is not interrupted by wood and there is no wood in the home's exterior walls to rot or burn. During the kit assembly a temporary wooden rib system is used.  Once all the seams between the panels & the entryways & dormers are concreted, the wooden rib system is removed.  The dome is self supporting. The exterior of the dome is steel reinforced concrete with no shingles to blow off in high winds.  Paint the exterior concrete with concrete primer & latex paint.  This link, Composition, describes Ai's component prefabricated panel.

Klaus Kolb's South Carolina Ai dome home earned EPA's Energy Star.  Home Energy Partners certified his home used 61% less energy than in comparably-size housing.  To lean more, click Energy Star.  He installed a geothermal cooling & heating system.  Klaus's 2003 total monthly average energy bill was $49. This includes the electricity and propane costs for his entire 1,600 sq.ft. - 40 ft. dome.

Jim Collar's Utah Ai domes operate off the grid by using photovoltaic's, masonry heater fireplace and passive solar water tubes. To learn more, click on OFF The Grid.

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LOW EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

Ai Domes protect and lower your maintenance budget because their concrete roofs contain no shingles and no wood to rot, or to burn or to be eaten by termites. To learn more, view the Advantages menu item above. To view a YouTube 55 second video featuring Ai's dome, click on Green Living.  To view a CBS Sunday Morning news show YouTube video featuring Ai's geodesic dome and Buckminster Fuller, click on Geodesic Dome.

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SINCE 1976 AMERICAN INGENUITY HAS BEEN MANUFACTURING DOME KITS

American Ingenuity, Inc. (Ai), located in Rockledge, Florida, (about one hour east of Orlando) has been business since 1976.  Ai manufactures dome building kits in diameters 22', 27', 30, 34', 36', 40', 45', 48' and 60' which range from 373 sq.ft. to 5,180 sq.ft.....from one bedroom/one bath to four/five bedroom/three bath homes.    To learn about the 12 foot in diameter Pod - Utility Dome Kit to use for camping out on your property, storage shed, well pump cover or for a hunting shelter, click on 110 sq.ft. Pod.

To view info on square footages by dome size, click on Specs.  To view stock floor plans, click on Plans and scroll down the page for the blue hyperlinks. To view the regular and sale pricing of the stock plans and the regular and sale pricing of the Dome Building Kit with Building Options for each plan, please click on Plan & Kit Pricing.   Call 321-639-8777 or email to receive other stock plans via email. 

 The American Ingenuity Dome and its inventor, Michael Busick, were written about on page 100 in the October 2010 issue of Popular Science Magazine.  The issue's theme was  "The Future of the Home, LIFE ON THE EDGE, Extreme Habitats for a Changing World".  The article about Ai showed a reprint of the front page cover story that Popular Science ran on the American Ingenuity Dome in 1987.  This October 2010 article on Ai was named, "THE FUTURE THEN.....FROM THE POPULAR SCIENCE ARCHIVES". If you would like to receive via email a pdf of the orginal Popular Science 1987 Cover Story which featured the American Ingenuity dome and its founders and the 2010 article featuring the Ai dome, click on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What Do The 27' - 60' Prefab Triangle & Riser Panels Consist Of?

Prefabricated panels include a center core of 7" rigid Expanded Bead Polystyrene (EPS) insulation (R28) with adhered 1/4" Georgia Pacific densdeck wallboard on the interior & 1/2" to 3/4" steel reinforced concrete exterior.  22' dome has 3 1/2" EPS. The 12' Pod panels consist of 2" EPS with no wallboard and no steel reinforced concrete. To learn more click on Composition.

 What Does The Dome Kit Consist Of?

The Ai Dome Building Kit (22'-60') consists of all the component panels for the dome's exterior shell and one entryway. Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways or dormers your kit contains.  Entryways and dormers are structural awnings that extend out from the dome.  Under them a 2x4 framed wall is built on site to accept your locally purchased windows and doors. To view Kit Contents, click on Kit.  To learn more about the entryways and dormers, click on Building Options. The kit does not include any doors or windows or interior items, Ai believes you should not pay shipping on standard items that you can purchase locally from Lowes or Home Depot or off Craigs List, or eBay, etc..  To view items not included in the kit, click on Not Included.

How Is the Kit Assembled?

Onsite the dome building kit is assembled by placing the panels one row at time, overlapping and locking the steel mesh between the panels with "C" rings, concreting the seams between the panels (an area about 6" wide and 4" deep) and concreting the entryways and dormers.  The interior shell wall board is finished similar to conventional sheetrock. To view assembly and finished pictures of a 45' Ai dome built on a basement, click on Stroupe Dome.

To learn about the kit assembly and to view pictures of the panel placement, click on Assembly.  To learn what the finished cost (turn key cost) of your dome home could be, please click on Finished Cost.

Once your foundation is in place, if you do not have the time to erect the Dome Building Kit, Ai knows of an independent Kit Assembly Specialist who travels world-wide and supervises your kit assembly and supervises the application of the first layer of concrete into the panel seams and onto the entryways and dormers.  Then either you or your Contractor hires a finish stucco crew to apply the second layer of seam concrete & the finish concrete to the entryways and dormers.  For interior finishing hire local subcontractors to complete the plumbing, electrical, framing, window/door installation, wall board finishing, cabinetry, etc.  

The Ai prefab concrete dome home building kits are especially designed for do-it-yourselfers or the diy owner builder.  All the panels come marked with numbers and letters to match the building plans and the Assembly Manual.

How Can I View Ai Domes?

American Ingenuity's Florida office domes (45' & 34' of 3,700 sq.ft.) are open for viewing Mon-Fri (expect for holidays).  Arrive between 10-2. Once a month Saturday tours are available. Call 321-639-8777 for details. Click on Tour for info.  To view free info, click on Info.

For $2 plus mailing costs, purchase a 58 minute DVD which includes an 18.26 minute narrated video with 466 added dome pictures.  39 of the new pictures depict exterior and interior finished pics of a 45' dome home linked to a 34' dome garage.  427 of the new pics are construction pics showing the construction and exterior & interior finishing of the 45' and 34' domes from excavation of land, kit arrival on a semi-truck, foundation layout & pouring, temporary rib system erection and assembly of the dome kits.  Order the DVD by clicking on Online Store.

To view a youtube video showing the interior and exterior of an Ai two dome complex for sale in Albuguerque New Mexico, click on Domes.  To view a visual tour of an Ai dome in Illinois, click on 40' Home.

American Ingenuity Domes for Sale

Partially completed 48' home dome with 30' garage dome in Frostproof, Florida has sold.    To view info on other domes for sale, click on Great Buy.

 Where are Ai Domes Located?

To date American Ingenuity has sold kits into 47 U.S.A. states and thirteen foreign areas.  To view info about Ai's Florida Dome Offices, click on Offices

Ai has exported domes to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands-St. Kitts and St. Croix, the British Virgin Islands-Tortola, West Indies-Nieves, Canada, Israel, Jamaica, Bahrain, Tasmania and the Faroe Islands (between Iceland/Scotland/Norway).  To learn more about importing Ai domes, click on Importing

New International Site:  In 2011 Ai shipped a dome to Tasmania by Australia.   A 34' kit (two bedroom/two bath size), shipped in a 40' containter.  In April 2011, two domes shipped via two semi-trucks into Vancouver Canada.

 

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