Why Choice a Geodesic Dome?
They resist the natural elements. The dome shape is very efficient at shedding elements such as wind and snow. In fact, there is some evidence that these structures can even withstand hurricane-force wind. Geodesic domes are particularly resistant to this type of force because they have fewer flat surfaces, allowing the wind to move around the dome. In addition to withstanding powerful winds, our growing domes can hold up better too strong winds than a traditional greenhouse.
They are very strong. From a pure engineering perspective, geodesic domes are superior to square buildings. They are the only man-made structure that actually gets proportionally stronger as they increase in size. They are also lighter, more structurally sound and require fewer materials.
They are extremely energy efficient. Geodesic domes promote more efficient air circulation and keep temperatures even throughout the structure. This can make them two to four times more energy-efficient than traditional greenhouses. Since light actually refracts and stays inside the dome, these structures are able to take full advantage of solar gain, which reduces the need for artificial lighting.
The Geodesic Shape.The geodesic shape allows for even light penetration throughout the day.
The rectangular shape of a traditional greenhouse gives midday heat when the sun is shining on its broad south facing surface. However, in the morning and evening, light input is negligible.