Living Center Oregon

Sustainable Living Center Oregon

AirCrete Dome Workshop ….. to Build an DIY Fireproof Off the Grid Tiny Home

Session 1 = Nov 2 – 7, 2021

Session 2 = Nov 7 – 13, 2021

In Nov 2021, there Private Beds\Bath already been reserved at the WorldMark in Gleneden Beach Oregon 97388 6593 Gleneden Beach Loop. To see rooms go to www. Once these rooms are gone, you will have to make your own reservations. There are plenty motels in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay Oregon.

The monolithic dome, when finished, is earthquake, tornado and hurricane resistant (the US Federal Emergency Management Agency rates them as “near-absolute protection” from F5 tornadoes and Category 5 Hurricanes). Recently, a number of monolithic domes constructed using MDI techniques have survived major disasters:

Who should attend the Workshop?

  • Land Use Planners
  • Investors
  • Professorial Engineers
  • Tiny Home Designers
  • Builders
  • Anyone interest in AirCrete Tiny Homes

This is a hand-on and experimenting gathering, Depending on interest the following subjects will be covered.

  • Design and start to build a Fireproof …. Hurricane Proof …. Tsunami Proof Tiny Dome House
  • Build AirCrete Heat Storage Unit with either Solar or Rocket Mass Heater as its heating element.
  • Build a AirCrete Earth Pizza Oven

Is AirCrete Fireproof? Watch this video

Is it Earthquake Proof? watch this video

Researchers at the University of British Columbia loaded 5.5 tons of sand bags on the top of a 24-foot diameter dome and subjected it to simulated earthquake conditions on their shake tables. Watch the video of the shake-table test and find out if the wood-framed dome survived.

Is it Storm Proof? Watch this video

Any sturdy building had to be declared a hurricane shelter in the Woodsboro, Texas area up until four years ago. At that time, two hurricane-proof Monolithic Dome gymnasiums, which could act as hurricane shelters for the community, were built in Woodsboro and Edna, reports J. R. Ortega in the story, 

Hurricane Proof? Watch this Video

Dome house Pensacola Beach, Florida, after Hurricane Dennis in 2005

The physical geometry of a dome affects its aerodynamic properties and how well it can withstand a storm. Geodesic dome roofs have low drag coefficients and can withstand higher wind forces than a square building of the same area

Reasons to Consider an AirCrete Tiny Dome

Perhaps the most obvious reason to build with AirCrete is the enormous amount of money it will save in construction, maintenance, keeping cool during the summer, and warm in the winter.


AirCrete is simply the most practical, high-quality, low-cost material there is. It plays a double function as a structure and insulator. Millions of tiny closed air cells give AirCrete its insulating properties. And you can form it to any thickness to suit your climate. Just one liter of dish detergent with ten gals of water make enough foam to produce about two cubic meters or 70 cubic feet of AirCrete. The foam expands the volume of cement by a factor of 5 – 7. It eliminates the need for aggregates, gravel, sand, or rock, which are costly, take up space on-site, requires heavy equipment to deliver and hard labor.

Domes are very energy efficient. They enclose the most space with the least material. 40% of the energy loss in conventional structures is around the thermal bridges where studs, floors, and roof meet the exterior walls. There are no thermal bridges in a Structurally Reinforced AirCrete dome home. The seamless integration of floor, walls, and roof eliminates outside air penetration, which allows the natural flow of interior convection currents that make it easier to heat and cool.


A small flame can become an inferno very quickly in a conventional wooden home. Once fire penetrates the thin walls, the spaces between the studs act like chimneys that allow the fire to spread through the entire structure easily.  Even if the fire doesn’t destroy your stick frame house, the fire department likely will in the process of trying to extinguish the fire.  AirCrete is fireproof. You can build a furnace with it. It will not burn.


Insects and rodents are another annoying threat. They find every nook, crack, and cranny.  Conventional homes are riddled with seams, joints, and layers that invite pests. Regardless of the initial quality, as a conventional home age, it becomes more accommodating to pests.  In many parts of the world, houses are fumigated with toxic chemicals to control termites, cockroaches, and other pests.  It’s an endless battle.  I’m not sure what’s worse; the pests or the chemicals.  It’s a hopeless situation for most houses in the tropics.  With tight windows and doors, a structurally reinforced AirCrete dome home is impervious to pests of all kinds and can last for centuries with very little maintenance. It’s comforting to know that you can sleep soundly without the intrusion of pests.

On the Oregon Coast, water damage is a constant threat to wood, adobe, cob, straw bale, compressed earth, and even metal buildings. Air-Crete will float, you can build a boat with it.  It will not rot, rust or decompose in water.


Natural disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, floods, volcanic eruptions – you name it, a dome is the strongest structural shape bar none. The fragile shell of an egg would crumble under the slightest pressure if it were flat. Its incredible strength comes from its dome shape. A dome is strong because it distributes forces equally in all directions throughout its entire surface. Architects and engineers have known this for centuries. Some of the oldest standing buildings in the world are domes.  That’s why they cover some of the world’s most prominent buildings, like the US capital, state capitals, cathedrals, temples, and mosques.

“Sick house syndrome” is a term used to describe the ailments caused by the off-gassing of modern construction materials. AirCrete is inert, and it’s composed of limestone and other natural materials. And it’s a good base for the application of interior natural plasters.


There is something intangible, freeing and uplifting that soothes your soul the moment you step into one of our dome homes.  The graceful arches, round windows, and oval doorways are inspiring. They give you a sense of expansion as though you have entered a sacred space.  Structurally reinforced AirCrete domes are extraordinary, and they provide something that conventional rectangular buildings simply cannot. 

​Every living thing, from the tiny cells in our body to the great mother earth, is surrounded by an electromagnetic energy field.  When we live in a box, it limits our functionality.  We naturally feel more alive in a dome.  Your dome home will surround you with a secure sense of serenity.


Most creatures build their homes in a day.  Yet many of us spend the best years of our lives in debt to our homes.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Building a structurally reinforced AirCrete dome home is easily achievable for most people. 

Especially if you do it with others, it’s easy to learn, and the tools we provide do most of the work for you.  Work becomes play when we help each other.  It will be one of your life’s most memorable events. Building your own home with friends and family is a deeply satisfying accomplishment that too few people experience.  Yet still, the greatest joy comes from living in it!

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