Ours is a very young company taking a daring plunge in mechanical/construction sector, introducing ‘permanent’, ‘cast-in-situ’ ‘shelters’, ‘hutments’ and ‘houses’ using our own spur formwork methodology. We consider ourselves still in the initial stages of progress and innovation. We do seek the Start-up route and Governmental support to carry forward our plans while we take the lead in this untouched field of ‘Shelters’ and Habitat. We feel that our ‘innovation’ has not been seen in the right perspective while giving the observations and hence the response:
Viability of a Dome Shaped structure is restricted in vertical direction, but this is limited only to urban scenario. An economical (to the extent that it is presently 1/3 the cost of other international competitors like ‘Monolithic’), utilitarian and beautiful Dome Shell, which serves as a ‘Shelter’ and saves human life from all types of natural calamities and challenges, shall be very much viable in remote and rural areas, especially in the Hilly Regions, like that of J&K, with no dearth land or habitation. It won’t have universal application which is not required either. It shall always have a niche sector to serve. Spur Domes shall be able to provide services to the remotest and the most in-accessible places, as all our formwork components are easily manufactured and construction materials are locally available everywhere.
Regarding thermal performance, there are several factors to be considered. Internal Height: unlike all other types, a 6M base diameter dome acquires an internal height of 3M, a Spur Dome Shell reaches up to 3.75M at its centre. Further, a Spur Dome constructed in concrete, brick, earth or similar materials, having a vent on the top, is able to deliver internal circulation of air in such an effective manner that no heat gets trapped. Further, it has been proven that major heat load acquired by a building, directly from the sun, is through its roof and not walls. Thermal performance depends more upon the choice of material and at the current stage of research we are using standard concrete, having low thermal capacity, but is rigid and strong enough to take loads of high thermal capacity materials like layers of earth, brick tiles, ceramics, etc.
Spur D technology also allows us to provide punctures or openings in any desired shape or direction in the shell, with negligible cost. Further due to the properties of its shape, and due to the possibilities of vents and windows in any desired/planned position, the plant/equipment based cooling or heating, if required, ‘decreases’ significantly, reducing the energy bill and making Spur Domes more eco-friendly and energy efficient.
In dome making, materials matter. Presently we are working in concrete, but with the adoption of materials like Gran Concrete and MgO based Cements, we will be able to produce such shelters which have ZERO Eco-footprint and shall be able to earn Carbon-Credits as well. With further innovations in Fiber-Formed-and-Layered Shells with trapped air-pockets during multi-layering, our Shells shall have much enhanced insulation and thermal properties. We are also researching about the use of waste polythene bags, in split and fiber form, in our filler layers with MgO based cementing, which shall further address several environmental concerns.
PC Domes and for that matter, Maks Buildwell as well, use Fiber Glass, PUF, FRP and other similar materials to ‘industrially manufacture’ domes, which cannot be stated to be ‘Eco-Friendly’. They are precast and need lots of transportation and expert assembly. They catch lots of heat in sun and are not suitable as standard ‘human shelters’ neither in Moderate or Hot Climates. Spur Dshelters have no competition with them. Our product competitors are: Monolithic, Dome Gaia, Earthship Biotecture, etc, all international players and leaders.
We make the most ‘beautiful shells’ the most ‘beautiful way’.