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The kit consists of everything you need to build your geodesic dome structure.

  • Aluminum struts and strut caps,
  • Aluminum hubs and hub caps
  • TPE, and EPDM seals for waterproofness.
  • Bolts, Nuts, Screws.
  • Instruction manual 
  • Any add-ons ordered
  • Door frame
  • Window frame
  • Cupola (for some models)
  • Tunnel module
  • Passive vents

 

*Please check compatible add-ons for your preferred size dome frame. List of all options can be found here.

All our frames are manufactured with aluminum profiles in EN 755-9 standards. This European Standard specifies the tolerances on dimensions and forms for aluminum and aluminum alloy extruded profile with a cross-section within a circumscribing circle is not greater than 800 mm.

This European Standard applies to extruded profiles for general engineering applications only.

Read more here.

Ekodome hubs are made of aluminum casting with A360 (US) alloy. A360 is an aluminum alloy with excellent pressure tightness and fluidity. In addition, it has a high silicon content and offers high corrosion resistance as well as high strength, even in elevated temperatures.

Our manufacturing partner company for aluminum profiles operates with ISO 9001  certification.

It depends on the size of the frame, the number of people, and level of experience. Smaller sizes may take 3-4 hours, while larger domes would take a day or more to build. Terra, Stellar and Cosmos frames will require either mobile ladders or elevation work platforms.

Disassembling the frames will only take 1/4 of the time to install.

Not much. A cordless screwdriver with a torque selection option and an Allen key will be enough for the installation. You will also need a portable ladder or elevation work platform at an appropriate height.

There is no limit. Every single day a new high-tech material is being developed. Any solid panel between 4-10mm cut according to our triangular templates will be acceptable to install on the frame and will be squeezed by our aluminum strut caps. Depending on the project, thicker panels can be installed without using our aluminum strut caps, but the sealing should be self-managed.
Solid and multiwall polycarbonate, UV-protected acrylic, Lexan, and other plastic-based panels are commonly used materials in greenhouses. In addition, aluminum composite, Marine plywood, SIP, plastered OSB and Aircrete, metal mesh, wood, Hempcrete, and other composite materials would be ideal for the non-transparent cladding.
According to the purpose of the build, you may also use flexible membranes such as canvas, PVC, shrink wrap, woven poly membranes, laminated and coated composite fabrics to cover our geodesic domes.

Sustainability is an essential piece of our company culture. Therefore, we strongly encourage the community to use biocomposite and eco-friendly materials for both covering and insulation wherever they are available.

See more options and details here.

Yes, we will provide either printed paper formats or digital patterns for the triangles, including the CAD files. Furthermore, we will be guiding you through the manual and even with a video. Each panel material has different options when it comes to cover the frame. While you can mount the polycarbonate and plexiglass panels with the MS polymer sealants onto the frame, using screws or bolts would be another option. You can easily screw most of the solid panels, such as OSB or plywood, through the frame’s precisely punched holes. Instructions will include other details.

For the geodesic domes’ interior, fiberglass batt insulation and spray foam insulation are favorite choices for most. We encourage the community to use Hemp Blankets as an environment-friendly and highly efficient solution. Foamboards covered with wooden panels and High-tech biodegradable materials are also more common nowadays.

Again we strongly encourage our community to use eco-friendly or recycled materials proven to be healthy, mostly when the dome is for residential purposes. We are sure that you have seen thick interior walls filled with straws and plastered with adobe.

The easiest solution would be a thin concrete base, but we do not suggest in terms of sustainability in nature. An elevated wooden deck would be a perfect option, especially when considering the space needed for plumbing, water storage, insulation from the ground.

We integrated the anchoring into the strut system, which means the foundation line of the framework has an embedded screwing part to fix your dome on any type of foundation. 

Yes.

The latest profiles to be extruded are equipped with 4 different angles. The angles allow both the hubs and the panels to fit face to face with the aluminum profile. We will provide extra durable gaskets/seals to be installed on the profiles to keep water out.  We won’t deliver any product before we make sure they are waterproof. We are working on the seals with both American and European companies to make sure they work in various temperatures.

The hubs and the strut design will allow you to seal the gaps between the panels and the aluminum profiles by using mastic/silicone seals as well. Please do not forget that water tightness also depends on careful application and maintenance, replacement of the rubber seals, renewal of adhesives. 

Aluminum alloys contain almost no iron, and without iron, the metal can’t rust, but it does oxidize. When the alloy is exposed to water, a film of aluminum oxide forms quickly on the surface. The hard oxide layer is quite resistant to further corrosion and protects the underlying metal.

Yes. Aluminum, also known as “the element of sustainability,” is infinitely recyclable and highly durable; nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still used today. Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable and retains its properties indefinitely.  

Yes! Our 2V, 3V and 4V domes can easily be connected to each other with our tunnel modules, which allows space expansion easily.

Yes. The first tests has been concluded and results are summarized here. We are still conducting tests with independent engineers as the design improves.

Every meter (3,28 ft) of the aluminum profiles weigh around 1 pound for the smaller sizes and 1.75 pounds for the larger domes. The thickness of the aluminum profiles vary according to the size and at specific points of the profiles.  For 1V and 2Vs, gauge varies between 0.098 to 0.12 in while  2V and 3V dome profiles are extruded with a thickness of 0.157 in.

The first test results show us that our 3V keeps its structural integrity up to 162 km/h – 100mph sustained wind, which corresponds to a Category 2 hurricane according to Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. We are continuously improving the designs and we aim for the best possible, keeping the structure lightweight and affordability at optimum.

Our profiles backside has flat surfaces where you can mount box profiles and tubes when needed. For the plumbing, you can cut out circular pieces from the lower triangular panels as needed.

Increasing the frequency of the dome designs and thickness of the aluminum struts, we can cover a stadium’s roof and even a whole town. There is no limit technically, but let’s be realistic, this would require an enormous amount of labor, budget, time, and dedication. We want to offer only affordable dome frames for everyone unless a project makes us feel special. Domes larger than 50 ft. in diameter are not something that we will concentrate soon.

EKODOME aluminum dome frames are warranted for 10 years from the date of original purchase, if properly used and installed, to the original consumer purchaser, to be free of defects in material and workmanship, ordinary wear and tear excepted.

EKODOME provides a 10 years warranty against the struts and hubs’ structural failure, given regular maintenance and check procedure from the date of original purchase. The structural warranty does not include any structural failures due to foundations, modifications, and adscititious accessories that are not compatible with our frames. EKODOME shall pass on all warranties for some parts of the frames or accessories from their manufacturers to the Purchaser.

All warranties will be considered void if the Purchaser uses our dome frames for a purpose other than advertised or expose the frame and other components more weight/stress than suggested limits.

Ekodome is not responsible for nor has control over the use of their products. The Owner, the Architect, or the Contractor shall be responsible for the correct selection and sizing of the aluminum frame system and in compliance with all the applicable building and safety codes.

Below are the retail PRICES of our kits.

Ekodome® SEED:
– Diameter: 9.18 ft / 2.80 m
– Height: 6.66 ft / 2.03 m
– Area: 40 sq ft / 3.73 sq m
– Retail: $759

Ekodome® LUNA:
– Diameter: 15.7 ft / 4.8 m
– Height: 9.5 ft / 2.9 m
– Area: 183 sq ft / 17 sq m
– Retail: $2,499

Ekodome® TERRA:
– Diameter: 22.14 ft / 6.75 m
– Height: 13.15 ft / 4 m
– Area: 366 sq ft / 34 sq m
– Retail: $5,999

Ekodome® STELLAR:
– Diameter: 30 ft / 9.14 m
– Height: 15 ft / 4.57 m
– Area: 695 sq ft / 64.59 sq m
– Retail: $9,599

Ekodome® COSMOS:
– Diameter: 28.8 ft / 8.78 m
– Height: 19.16 ft / 5.84 m
– Area: 642 sq ft / 59.64 sq m
– Retail: $10,999

We provide financing through Klarna. For bulk orders and custom work, we can also issue invoices due in 30 or 60 days depending on the contract amount.

Our standard lead time is 10-12 weeks from the date that an order is received. 

For the US and Canada, we use Standard Shipping provided by major carriers such as FedEx, UPS, DHL and XPO. Our shipping rates per each dome kit are provided here.

Our shipping partners are able to ship outside of the USA, whereas, the costs vary depending on the size of the dome, the shipping season and the shipping method (air or sea). Your shipping costs to a non-US address will be calculated and invoiced prior to shipping. For more information please see our shipping policies.

If any aspect of your order is damaged or missing upon delivery, please contact us immediately for replacement.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can also contact us within 30 days from the date you received your order and we will happily refund the purchase price of your item(s) less a 25% restocking fee. If the reason of your return is solely upgrading size, this fee will be waived. Shipping charges are not refundable. Any returned item will be charged the original shipping and handling costs incurred by us. Any discounts given will be subtracted from returned merchandise refunds. Customers are responsible for the shipping costs involved with the return of an item. Returned products must be in original condition (this means clean and dry with original packaging material, manuals, plus all other accessories provided by the manufacturer). Returned items not in original condition will be assessed and charged an additional reconditioning fee, or refused. Any order involving custom work is not returnable.

At Ekodome, we know sometimes plans change, and that’s why we make it easy to cancel your orders! If you decide you would no longer like an item that you ordered, you can cancel it any time before we begin preparing the item for shipment.

To cancel an order, reach out to our sales team at info@ekodome.com and your order will be canceled and your refund will be issued right away.

Not directly. We are open to collaborate with 3rd party providers to create the best experience for our community.

Yes. In most cases, you won’t even need insulation when used indoors.

Not directly, but we will cooperate with third-party providers. We want to offer you eco-friendly products that will perfect the overall experience, with better deals.

Yes. We really thought about it. But unfortunately, we will not be offering this extension soon since we have a few more eco-solutions to be integrated into this.

Yes. If you have special projects and interested in bulk purchases, please email us with details and we’ll come up with solutions. If you are interested in becoming a reseller/distributor, you can fill out an application form here.

Although there are common national standards, state and local codes vary, and in order to check compliance, you initially have to decide for what purposes you are going to use our domes for. For example, NY allows a structure under 144 sqft to be built without a permit, yet this is only for sheds/storages. If the building becomes a residence, the minimum size jumps to 800 square feet and requires a septic system, running water, and a full electrical system. But if you are building a greenhouse let’s say, it’s regarded as temporary structures, many building departments don’t even require permits.

So mainly, it will be your responsibility to contact your local building department to see how the codes apply.

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