A Blast from the Past: Looking to the Future by JR Beardsley

Recently, famed director JR Beardsley, stage director for Touché International and producer of EAKULU, a film about “the last rain forest in existence”, interviewed Edward Dilley Sr. about Project BIOHOME. In this interview Edward discusses the history behind the project, as well as how the technology goes together. Click here to view the article in its entirety!

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BIOHOME Workshops

Hello Everyone.

I’m considering hosting an ongoing work shop from May through August this year to better aid those who want to live off the grid with Project BIOHOME. Here, on location at Project BIOHOME, you can get hands-on with me to give you a better understanding of how to produce your own BIOHOME. Covering geodesic frames, building a solar toilet, Airwell solar distillers for recycling water, solar dishes for extreme heat, BIOHOME bubble windows, and much much more. Or if you would just like to visit for a day, I’d love to see you here!

TO VISIT OR DO HANDS ON. It would be $50.00 per day, per person and you must come fully prepared if you wish to stay for more than one day. Motor homes, campers, and tents are OK. No pets, drugs, alcohol or guns please.

If this sounds like a good idea, let me know and we will make it so.

At your service.
Edward B.Dilley Sr.

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Dome homes and Haiti

Friends,
The above video is a remarkable YouTube presentation of the construction of domes that have a geodesic framework on a concrete foundation and are embedded in six to eight inches of polyurethane foam. Finally, they are given an exterior coating resistant to sunlight and especially its ultraviolet radiation. This is a light but strong structure that a small crew ( 3 to 4 people) can erect in a few days. The simplicity of this technology means that the costly time and labor of specialized craftsmen is avoided. So is the size of the investment conventional shelter design and construction typically requires.

The 3-dome Earth Base Station pictured here was completed in late Autumn 2009. But Project Biohome has been promoting and erecting such domes since the mid-1990’s. The idea of the geodesic dome comes from the genius of the late American inventor, Buckminster Fuller. His domes are found worldwide and include those that housed the DEW Line of frigid northern Canada as well as the giant dome housing the U.S. Exhibit at the 1967 Centennial Canadian Exhibition in Montreal. We are not particularly aware of this technology being elsewhere joined to polyurethane foam technology or the “Bubble” windows pictured here. These have special optical characteristics when filled with water or other clear liquids. They have spcial value in climate controlled growth chamber domes.

However, it now seems evident that these structures would have special value in the rebuilding of Haiti. Accordingly, we invite you to forward this email to anyone you know who is concerned about the plight of the Haitian people. One particular idea along these lines would be to locate a Haitian community in the U.S. today, train their members in methods of erecting these domes and finance their return to Haiti to form construction firms to spread the use of these techniques. The current administration in Washington is thinking in terms of hundreds of millions of dollars for Haitian relief work. Some small part of such an investment seems a reasonable undertaking for the benefit of people needing shelter NOW as well as being a contribution to the Haitian economy.

Domes have remarkable resistance to violent winds, and what would be the likely con- sequences of the next earthquake? The geodesic framework might be bent out of shape. But what would fall on inhabitants of these domes? Pieces of foam but not concrete and masonry. We welcome your comments in response to these ideas. We would especially welcome referrals to agencies and individuals likely to become involved in Haitian relief.

Addresses to contact us are found in the YouTube presentation and at the bottom of this web page.

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About Pricing your BIOHOME

Thanks to everyone for your interest in BIOHOME! I’m so excited to see so many of you following along!

To address the question of buying an Airwell survival kit from us. We do not sell them any more. But we can help you to build one for your needs. Contact me for more info tppbiohome@aol.com.

Through the new rebuilding of our web site, we are listening to all of you. Your feed back helps us grow. The question of cost is not answered easily. There are many factors to take into consideration:

  • Where do you want to build?
  • How thick do your walls have to be?
  • How big is your project?
  • What are your power needs?
  • How much labor do you want to you do?
  • Are there building codes?

As the weeks go buy we will post certain prices for dome frame work, our foam, our foaming team cost per day for application and bubble windows and more. These cost will help you in your planning.

I will do my best to keep posts coming every week. Keep following along for all the newest information.

At your service,

Edward B. Dilley, Sr.

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