This page is about dome-home site clearing, preparation, and maintenance. It will provide a tutorial for how to prepare your site before building an earthbag or aircrete dome. It will also provide ongoing maintenance information. Once we’ve finished this tutorial and open sourced all the details for the 3-dome cluster as part of our crowdfunding campaign, we’ll do the same for the complete Earthbag Village (Pod 1) and Duplicable City Center®, and then the other 6 villages.
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
WE FINISH THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN AND ADD ALL THE VIDEOS AND EXPERIENCE FROM
THAT BUILD TO THIS PAGE – IN THE MEANTIME, WE WELCOME YOUR INPUT AND FEEDBACK
Before you can build a dome home, you need to prepare the site for construction. During your build you also need to maintain certain aspects of the site to keep it efficient and maximally safe. After your complete your build, there are additional site maintenance steps that will help you maintain and further develop the area around your new home.
If you’d like to see the level of detail we will be including on this page when it is completed, take a look at these pages:
|Weekly progress updates|
|Excavation & Construction of Footers, Foundation, and Flooring|
|Detailed tools and equipment list, best place to buy, and cost analysis for all components|
We are open source sharing all of the site clearing and maintenance processes to give people a step-by-step guide to follow that shares an understanding of the associated time, energy, and cost investments. By clearly sharing these details, we hope to help involve more people in this sustainable building method.
The following videos are planned for inclusion in the open sourcing process of this component:
Video coming: Arrival of local power/gas/water/phone to mark existing underground water, gas, electrical lines, and phone lines:
VIDEO COMING OF: LOCAL POWER/GAS/WATER/PHONE MARKING
Video coming: Stump removal and leveling of ground (swales?):
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO LEVEL YOUR SITE
Video coming: Surveying to check grade and elevations and delineate driveway and building site with stakes and string:
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO CHECK YOUR GRADE AND MARK YOUR DRIVEWAY AND BUILDING SITE WITH STAKES AND STRING
Video coming: Correcting existing water and drainage issues to keep water away from construction site:
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO ESTABLISH PROPER SITE DRAINAGE
Video coming: Excavation of dome home patio and building area manually and/or with a backhoe:
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO EXCAVATE YOUR SITE
Video coming: Trenching of drain field, water and electrical lines, and septic installation.
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO TRENCH FOR DRAIN FIELDS, WATER AND ELECTRICAL LINES, AND SEPTIC INSTALLATION
Video coming: Disposal site setup including a burn pile, composting pile, and pile for anything needing to go to the landfill. Our goal is to have as little as possible go to the landfill.
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO SET UP YOUR DISPOSAL SITES
This section is for sharing the site maintenance details both during the build and after the build. The goal is maximizing safety, efficiency, and home longevity.
Video coming: How to maintain a safe building site:
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO MAINTAIN A SAFE BUILDING SITE
Video coming: Final site landscaping/restoration:
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO FINISH AND RESTORE YOUR SITE
Video coming: How to maintain your site after your build is complete:
VIDEO COMING OF: HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SITE AFTER YOUR BUILD IS COMPLETE