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Disaster Properties


Wind & Snow Loads

Because the Dome is a streamlined shape, wind pressure at any point dissipates or goes right around, the dome.  
 
Furthermore, by making the dome of foamed polystyrene and attaching it in the concrete foundation, it 
can withstand very strong hurricanes .

Expanded polystyrene has very strong compression force as a material property.

Due to the strength of the compressive force coming from the material and the strong structure of the dome shape , the dome house shows excellent adaptability to snow .

Flooding

Expanded Polystyrene Approved for Flood-Prone Regions

Classified as a flood-resistant construction material, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for flood prone areas. The capillary action of water does not penetrate EPS, due to its closed cell structure. In flood conditions, the dome resists the ravages of water damage, protecting exterior wall enclosures as well as the building interior, which could otherwise include structural deterioration, rotting of building materials and eventually, mold infestations. In addition, the thermal insulation performance of EPS is unaffected by exposure to water or water vapor.

Earthquakes

In addition to the dome-shaped stable structure , the dome house is extremely lightweight .  It is a light building that is resistant to earthquakes . 
It is also a simple structure, and it can be said that there is no damage to people inside.

Since the foamed polystyrene dome is very light as a building, it has been proven that there is no problem at the time of an earthquake. 

Also, the expanded polystyrene dome is very flexible as a building. 
In the event of a disaster, this flexibility is a very useful feature, absorbing shocks and there is little risk that the entire dome collapses.

Fire

Dome.World Panels’ structural steel is not combustible. Steel tends to buckle under intense heat and does not contribute additional fuel to fires as wood does. Similarly, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) melts rather than burns at very high temperatures and also does not contribute fuel to fires.   Apply Concrete to this, and it will simply blacken.  By comparison, wood’s relatively low spontaneous ignition temperature of 482 °F, contributes fuel to fires, (too) frequently escalating small manageable fires to burning infernos.

For your enhanced protection, Dome.World Panels is a Class A fire rated system in accordance with ASTM D 1929 Section 8. The EPS is modified to reduce ‘flame spread’ and ‘smoke developed’. Vapors are non-toxic. In fact, less so than that of burning wood studs, commonly used in the building industry.
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