Whether dealing with a natural emergency, camping or just trying to make sure that visiting family members have a safe place to stay, dome (aka container) shelters are the solution that no-one knows anything about. The traditional housing and temporary shelter shape favour sloped roofing, square sides, lots of corners, and ideas that are meant to maximise space. However, this may not be the best possible use of space and is not the most efficient way to use resources, especially in an emergency situation.
The first thing that is so impressive about this type of shelter is how it keeps heat or cool inside of the structure. Studies have shown that the dome shape actually reduces the energy needed to keep a comfortable climate in any given structure by almost 40%. That’s a huge reduction in energy costs when you are talking about domes as a home, but more importantly, it is 40% less drain on resources for an emergency situation. When trying to escape from torrential rains, blistering heat, or any other weather-related issue, this energy saving can literally mean the difference between life and death. When using a shelter as a camping shelter, it means that heat stays in longer and everyone can be more comfortable during the hottest parts of the day.
In addition, the idea that having around shelter will mean that there is less room to live is actually false. This is because the domed design doesn’t run into the same issue are square or rectangle ones – unusable space near corners. When everything goes in a circle, every area of the shelter is just as usable as the rest, allowing more people and more stuff to be inside the shelter and not limiting you in how everything has to be laid out. This actually allows larger beds or more storage capacity than you would normally have in a typical tent or another shelter.
Dome Shelters are also easier to put up as they generally support themselves rather than relying on outside supports. To get a dome shape, any poles or supports must connect to themselves, make the shelter stronger with less hassle. Anyone who has put up a tent and found that it was sagging in the middle due to a pole that wasn’t placed correctly will understand why this is a big deal. This also makes them stronger, allowing them to withstand weather that normal tents and shelters would buckle under, making them perfect for disaster areas.
For people who just want to camp or want to live in the wilderness for a while, they are also easy to equip with a number of different options such as lighting, security, flooring, and more. Their round design makes it easy to keep everything in one area, but also makes lighting and other fixtures easier to use. When light is placed in the middle it reaches the entire shelter, not having the issues that come from dark corners or needing to place a lantern on each side of the tent.
Finally, dome shelters can be made more Eco-friendly by the addition of different vents and layers, making them more permanent and making it easier for the people using them to control their own climate. This ability to control the temperature and to winterise the structures makes them a great year round option.
Dome shelters are the future of camping, disaster relief, and even the future of sustainable off the grid living. They are a completely customisable dwelling that makes the most of the available energy and ensures that inhabitants are always safe, protected, and comfortable.