Frequently Asked Questions
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Below are the retail PRICES of the frames. Launched on Pre-order with exclusive deals.
1V- D: 2.25m/ 7.38 ft – H: 1.63m/ 5.34 ft – Retail: $249
2V- D: 3m/ 9.84ft – H: 1.5m/ 4.92 ft – Retail: $549
2V- D: 4.8m/ 15.7 ft – H: 2.4m/ 7.87 ft – Retail: $1099
3V- D: 6.75m/ 22.14 ft – H: 4m/ 13.15 ft – Retail: $2299
The kit consists of everything you need to build your geodesic dome structure.
- Aluminum struts
- Aluminum hubs
- Rubber seals for waterproofness.
- Instruction manual
- Cover panel templates
- Any add-ons ordered
- Door frame
- Window frame
- Tunnel module
- Passive vents
- Elevation Kit
- Anchor hubs
*Please check compatible add-ons for your preferred size dome frame.
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.
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 1-2 hours, while larger sizes would take 6-7 hours to build.
Disassembling the frames will only take 1/4 of the time to install.
Not much. Just a screwdriver and Allen key for the installation. A ladder at appropriate height is a must.
Simply there is no limit. Every single day a new high-tech material is being developed.
There are many options for covering our frames and insulating geodesic domes. According to the purpose of use, canvas, PVC, shrink wrap, shingles, and super strong woven poly membranes are widely used to cover geodesic domes.
Polycarbonate and plexiglass are commonly used materials on greenhouses. While Tyvek fabric-covered OSB, plywood, and sandwich panels are typical coverings for domes built for accommodation purposes, shingles are also widely used as the final roofing material. You can see sprayed Aircrete and concrete nowadays more common.
Some members of our community prefer Lexan, Heavy thick canvas, Titanium PSU, Coroplast Fire retardant materials, Metal Mesh, Hempcrete, and some other latest high-tech panel materials. Sustainability is an essential piece of our company culture. We strongly encourage the community to use biocomposite and eco-friendly materials for both covering and insulation wherever they are available.
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.
There are a few ways to stabilize the frames depending on the dome’s size and purpose of build. You can either use aluminum, galvanized, or stainless steel brackets available in all hardware stores to screw the frame to the foundation from multiple points. You may also prefer to stabilize the dome frame full circumference by screwing longer metal sheet bars to the foundation over the lowest frame elements. We provide specially designed anchor hubs as an add-on option.
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, 2V elevated and 3V door frames will 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. A 3V large dome would weigh around 511lbs excluding the accessories. 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.
Yes, we will. 4V is coming soon. Larges sizes will follow but not very soon. We want to test the experience and get feedback so that every new design would be better than the previous one.
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. Dome frames larger than 50 ft. 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.
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.