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Aircrete 200-Square-foot Dome & Loft Construction

This page is about building details for aircrete construction domes and lofts. It is meant to be the most complete, comprehensive, and easy-to-follow guide available. One Community will be using the Aircrete and Earthbag Crowdfunding Campaign to make it even better.

This guide is still under construction. When complete it will consist of the following sections:

NOTE: THIS PAGE IS NOT CONSIDERED BY US TO BE A COMPLETE AND USABLE TUTORIAL UNTIL
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Aircrete 200-Square-foot Dome and Loft Construction Icon, One Community crowdfunding campaignThis page will teach the specifics for constructing a 200-square-foot aircrete dome home with a loft. This is the same size planned for the complete open source sustainable Earthbag Construction Village. During the crowdfunding campaign we will be comparing this method to earthbag construction to determine if it is preferable. If it is, we’ll build the village this way instead.

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WHY OPEN SOURCE AIRCRETE CONSTRUCTION

Aircrete construction is economical, durable, artistic, do-it-yourself doable, and significantly more earth friendly than traditional construction. By creating detailed and comprehensive tutorials, we hope to help people better understand the specifics of what is involved in this building method while providing:

  • An open source resource for aircrete builders around the world
  • Detailed cost, labor, and performance comparisons with an identical earthbag dome
  • Complete and permitted plans for a dome that could be used as a guest house, studio, play room, etc.; small enough to be built (if needed) in many counties without a permit

Our goal in doing this is to raise public awareness and stimulate the entire DIY construction industry. By providing what is needed to build these domes with or without a permit, sharing the labor, cost, and construction specifics, and demonstrating how beautiful and functional they are, we will make it much easier for people to decide to want to build this way both here and in other countries. In so doing, we will help people do this on their own and provide a huge increase in business and interest for training and help from individuals and organizations that would like to focus on providing a building service for those needing and wanting additional help. 

AIRCRETE CONSTRUCTION
200 SQ FT DOME DETAILS

The following videos are planned for inclusion in the open sourcing process of this component:

Video coming: Compass construction and installation:

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Video coming: Making your own aircrete:

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Video coming: Creating forms and moulds and pouring your own aircrete:

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Video coming: Wall constructions using aircrete blocks:

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Video coming: Rebar reinforcement:

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Video coming: Closing your dome top considerations:

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VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO SEAL THE TOP OF YOUR AIRCRETE DOME

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LOFT CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICS

LOFT CONSTRUCTION—The loft is sized to the diameter of the structure at whatever height is desired; the ends of each joist will extend about ⅔-¾ of the way across the earthbags and additional rows above that will overlap bags as below the loft. A removable hatch is built-in to allow summer heat to escape and keep winter heat in the lower level.

Here are the instructional videos planned for this section thus far:

 

Video coming: Layout of 2 X 8’s (for loft framing [16” O.C.] and hatch on aircrete at the desired height of the loft:

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Video coming: Using wood scraps to level your 2 x 8’s:

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Video coming: Offset blocking and hatch construction (to tie in rafters, forming a single unit):

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VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO ADD OFFSET BLOCKS AND CONSTRUCT YOUR HATCH

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Video coming: Underside plywood attachment. Note:if plywood is attached on the ground, then the entire unit will be raised into place at that time:

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Video coming: Optional electrical installation for light or fan:

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Video coming: Loft rafter insulation (aircrete or [cellulose 3.5 x 7.5” = R-26]):

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Video coming: Aircrete block placement between joists:

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VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO PLACE AIRCRETE BLOCKS WHEN WORKING BETWEEN JOISTS

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Video coming: Upper-side plywood attachment:

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VIDEO COMING OF: ATTACHING YOUR UPPER-SIDE LOFT PLYWOOD

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Video coming: Aircrete block placement over joists:

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