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August 10th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes

 Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes

You too can live like a Smurf

While Styrofoam may be most commonly associated with disposable coffee cups, meat trays and packaging, prefab home manufacturer Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. uses it to construct easy-to-assemble modular kit homes. (Pics and video)

Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes

 The Aso Farm Land resort village in Kyushu uses about 480 styrofoam domes as lodging, recreational facilities and retail shops.

 Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes

Dubbed the “habitat for the 21st century,” the Dome House is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam). It might seem like an odd choice of material for a house, but the company lists a number of advantages that styrofoam has over traditional materials. Unlike wood and metal structures, for example, the styrofoam Dome House does not rust, rot or attract termites. It is also highly resistant to earthquakes and typhoons. In addition, the walls, which are treated with a flame retardant, emit no toxic fumes in a fire.

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Japan Dome House is a company that builds environmentally friendly and energy efficient houses from dense polystyrene. The houses have good insulation properties and can reduce energy bills by 90%. The houses are 7 meters in diameter, fire proof, earthquake and typhoon resistant, and using the modular building system can be constructed in less than a day. They recently received approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation to build these houses in Japan. 

 

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The styrofoam used in the Dome House’s 175-millimeter (7 in) thick walls is significantly denser and stronger than ordinary packing foam. The material has excellent thermal insulation properties, resulting in higher energy efficiency and lower heating and cooling costs.

 

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Construction of the Dome House shell is quick and easy. The prefabricated pieces, which each weigh about 80 kilograms (175 lbs), can be carried by 2 or 3 people and assembled in a few hours. Once the shell is put together, coats of mortar and paint are applied for further protection from the elements.

 

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Second look at Japan Dome House

 

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    [...] Japan’s Styrofoam Dome HomesWhile Styrofoam may be most commonly associated with disposable coffee cups, meat trays and packaging, prefab home manufacturer Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. uses it to construct easy-to-assemble modular kit homes. (Pics and video) … [...]

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    [...] “The Dome House is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam). It might seem like an odd choice of material for a house, but the company lists a number of advantages that styrofoam has over traditional materials. Unlike wood and metal structures, for example, the styrofoam Dome House does not rust, rot or attract termites. It is also highly resistant to earthquakes and typhoons. In addition, the walls, which are treated with a flame retardant, emit no toxic fumes in a fire’…. <More> [...]

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    [...] Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes “Japan Dome House is a company that builds environmentally friendly and energy efficient houses from dense polystyrene. The houses have good insulation properties and can reduce energy bills by 90%.” [...]

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    Most interested – we have a tourist project in N-W NSW Australia, to be built around an opal mine with constant tourist traffic 9 months of each year. Plan is to test market with initial unit located in extraordinary minefield where no other such facility is available – i.e. today tourists tour the mining areas, go underground, BUT cannot stay in the proximity of a mine which has old miners camps/huts and possibility for unique attractions including sale of opals, with attraction of Australian outdoor BBQ, song and music involving local Australian aboriginal community with whom we have links at top level. This would be a first.

    Idea would be for say two sets of guest lodging with en-suite facilities for each suite for two people; also for one set of long dome (with and without the loft).

    Please advise FOB cost supply these on basis of future orders. We need to start slowly and feel our way.

    Colour, insulation qualities, base furnishings to be inclouded – small refrigerator, shower & toilet with tea-making facilities and divied for privavy would be ideal please at this time and to begin discussion

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Sincerely

    John Atkins

    PS Google Lightning ridge to see location and gain some idea of project site.

    John Atkins on July 7th, 2009

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