FAQ

Quality

Why are Geoship domes better than traditional construction?

The advantages of a Geoship dome arise from the new combination of geometry and materials. The all-ceramic composite construction is much more healthy, regenerative, and resilient than the homes that exist today. See our field note on all the advantages of ceramic domes.

How do the domes perform in extreme climates?

Geoship domes perform exceptionally well in cold climates or heavy snow loads. The geodesic form is one of the strongest in the world, and we’ve engineered the dome to withstand the highest snow loads ever recorded – 40 ft. The standard insulation cavity in the dome is 10”, which enables very high R-values. The ceramic materials reflect over 80% of radiant heat, helping the dome moderate core temperature. 

The domes will also perform very well in desert or tropical climates, because the materials are all inorganic. There is nothing to rot or grow mold. The automated vents can allow cold air to enter at the bottom and warm air to release from the top in a natural convection pattern. The heat reflectivity also helps the dome stay cool, even in direct sunlight.

What is the insulation value (R-value) of the dome?

The standard insulation cavity on Geoship domes is 10 inches deep, which enables very high R-values. The precise R-value depends on which insulation material is utilized. Beyond R-value, there are other qualities of ceramic dome construction that contribute to high levels of operational efficiency, including heat reflectivity (maintenance of core temperature), a tight cavity (no air leaks), minimal thermal bridging (heat transfer through frame members), adsorptivity (the ability for the walls to hold and release water vapor).

Are the domes fireproof?

The all-ceramic composite domes are fire resistant, with zero flame-spread. The ceramic materials reflect >80% of radiant heat, and are 100% non-toxic. When a conventional home burns, highly toxic fumes can be released. With bioceramic domes, there are no toxic fumes to be released by a burn.

Feasibility

How do I know if I’m allowed to build a Geoship dome on my land?

Our domes are engineered to meet and exceed all building codes, including the international residential codes. However, different areas have different zoning rules. You can call your local building department and ask them about the zoning for your specific parcel of land. We plan to offer services to handle all the permitting and zoning requirements for your domes.

Construction

How is the bioceramic dome assembled?

The installation process is similar to a conventional home. Once the foundation is complete, the dome frame is assembled, then the exterior panels are installed. At this point the dome is dried in sufficiently to keep the wind and rain out. Next the plumbing and electrical can be run inside the walls. The inside panels are then installed, and the dome is filled with an insulation material.

How long does the installation process take?

Once the site and foundation are prepared, the installation takes 2-3 days for a small dome, or 5-6 days for a large dome.

What kind of flooring and foundation system is required?

We have options for slab foundation or a crawl space foundation. You’ll have all the same flooring options that are available for a conventional house. Earthen floors are great in domes, and so are wood floors. We will offer a ceramic flooring material as well.

Preorder Process and Timeline

When can I tour a Geoship model dome?

A model of the 200sqft dome will be open in Q4 2021. The 850sqft dome will not be available for touring until 2023. Our goal is to install many domes in different locations throughout 2022.

When will Geoship start production?

We will begin production of the first 33 validation prototypes in Q4 2021, while we are building a manufacturing plant. Our goal is to be shipping bioceramic domes by the end of 2023.

What happens after I place a pre-order?

There will be a spot in line with your name on it. You can refer friends to move up in line, and help us prove there’s a market for regenerative geodesic villages. As we near production in mid 2022, you will be able to configure your dome and tell us the options you’d like.

Pricing

How much do Geoship domes cost? What’s included (and not included) in the price?

The base price of the 200sqft and 850sqft domes are $30,000 and $100,000 respectively. This includes the finished dome, with entryway and electrical/plumbing rough in. The final costs, including utilities, foundation, delivery, installation, windows, and mechanical systems will be highly variable, but average 50% to 70% more than the base price.

Sustainability

Is a Geoship dome more sustainable than a conventional home?

Yes, bioceramic domes have about 90% less embodied CO2 than a conventional house. They also have oversized (10 inch) insulation cavities, for high operational efficiency. Please see our sustainability field note for more information.