The dome shape of the house optimizes the use of the sun all year around. The insulation reduce the heat transfers. The system of the shades provides protection from the summer sun and allows to heat-up the house during the winter season.
Each house is also equipped by active HVAC with built-in heat pump to cool or warm-up the house naturally by air circulation via the air condition.
The efficient air-to-air heat pump to warm-up the house is provided as part of the HVAC system. The innovative system not only regulates the temperature in each room but also optimize the air humidity. The fresh air is provide via controlled ventilation via the heat exchange. For extreme winter conditions, the house has also electric floor heating foils. If preferred eventually a local heating source, like stove, can be installed.
The house allows large windows due the ability to electronically control the transparency and exterior blinds. The combination of these two protects the overheating of the house during the summer season. On the other hand allow to warm-up the house just by the sun during the winter. This allow higher energy efficiency than a classical home.
Each house has built-in solar roof power plant of 12 pkW. It is part of the top of the house modules. The distribution of the panels over the round roof provides consistent power supply from early morning to the evening, all year around. The exceed power is used for warming the utility water.
The energy system management allows to monitor and access the settings of the environment control. The house automatically tracks the set temperature, humidity and airflow targets. You can quickly set it up using your mobile phone application.
The vertical axis, silence wind turbine of 1 pkW is an optional module. It can be placed on the top of the house to create additional source of energy to power the house. The wind complements with photovoltaic power plants during the year and allow recharging the house batteries day or night.
We used eco-friendly wood with negative CO2 emissions for the house stucture. Glued laminated timber is made of parallel glued and dried slats of one type of wood. The wood provides low heat conductivity and structural strengths. The protective coating guarantees decades without need for specific treatment.
The dome house is designed to withstand all type of weather conditions – heavy rain, snow or sandy hot environment. The weight of the snow is equally distributed and the top area small. Thanks to the shape of the house, the high winds blow naturally around. The roofing panels are mounted to the construction creating one solid structure.
The use of light composite materials allow for replacement of the cement basement by just ground archers. That reduce the cost of the construction and speed-up the build process as there is no excavation needed. The ground doesn’t need to be elevated. The tools to set the archers are provided as part of the house. The house is hold at the ground by strong bolts instead of just its weight.
There is no heavy machinery required to assemble the house. Each step is documented in easy to read manuals. So you can build the house with easy just by yourself instead of our team. However the local authorities might require a specialist for particular components – e.g. completion of the photovoltaic power plant, etc. These might need to be revised by the certified electrician.
The house is build in three steps on the spot. The base of the house is done by screwing together the profiles into the trapezoid elements. The second step is completed by adding the wall/window/roof segments into the base constructions. Weight of each segment is low allowing to be handled by just two people. The last step is to complete the internal walls and other cabling and plumbing.
The floor plan is agreed and consulted by our architect. You can use one of our templates or design a house which fits your needs. It can be modified at any point in the future.
Do you want to split a room? Or just change the sizes? No problem! The internal walls are easily modifiable despite providing an excellent acoustics isolation.
The needed grid connectivity and piping are provided at a single point – in the center of the house. The service shaft distributes the pipes from the ground level to the second level of the house. The distribution to the specific room and location is done by dedicated shaft between the floor segments.
The house floor segments are designed specifically to allow easy cabling and piping to the location. All the cables and pipes are part of the house kit. The central column is used for the distribution between the ground and the first floor. The modular wall system allow to reach the right spot in the house with ease.
The house is designed for fast assembly. Our experience and trained crew will set it up within two weeks upon delivery of the components to the site. The electric grid, water and waste pipes are expected to be completed prior. If you decided to go with DYI option, please allow a few extra weeks.
The house is provided as ready to move-in, however some specifics like kitchen are left for the preference of the owner. We are partnering with IKEA to provide the preferred option, however you are free to chose from any suppliers. Please check also our open hardware furniture database for house specific items.
The house doesn’t provide an internal space for cars or garage. We might provide it in the future, but for now we do recommend to engage a local provider either for car park shades or garages of variety of types – e.g. with build-in solar panels. That is more economical and also ecological option providing an extra energy and cover for the vehicle.
As optional features, the rain water “roof” gutters can be installed. They are circling the house at the ground level. The rain water can be then diverted to the drainage or to the underground rain water tank for use in gardening.
We don’t provide the option to use the water inside the house at the moment. Please consult with your local builder in case you want to have the water tank installed.
The house is air tight by its design to optimize the use of energy and comply with the highest ecological standards of passive house. So a specific fireplace with chimney would be required. To provide a more economical solution, we are recommending an ethanol fireplace. It has no smoke, no soot, no ash. It provides an unique atmosphere and the heat generated by the fireplace during combustion isn’t lost up the chimney.
We are working on a simple program, which will allow to design your home like IKEA offers for the kitchens. For now, please contact our team, which will assist you with the design and provide you the best option for your individual needs.
We have designed the house to meet the most common standards and regulations. However each municipalities might have a specific needs and requirements. The house project will be available for validating the local needs. So you can get the permit prior placing the house order.