Domes for Humanity

Building Strength to Last a Lifetime

Lake Worth, FL   |  www.domesforhumanity.org

Mission

Domes for Humanity unifies people and communities to build disaster-resistant homes and shelters, leaving a sustainable impact on lives.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder & Executive Director

Daniella Gruenthal

Main address

10268 South Andover Coach Lane Unit B2

Lake Worth, FL 33449 USA

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EIN

82-3483468

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe no one should ever be without safe and sanitary shelter, as it is a basic human right.

We focus on building permanent, sustainable dome shelters and affordable housing for (and with) people living in poverty, for disaster relief, and for humanitarian crises.

We globally partner with nonprofit organizations, building partners, government and non-governmental organizations and unite volunteers to act on lending their hearts and hands to help.

We seek to empower people to be the change in order to be leaders in their communities. Our desire is to convey a message of hope through our holistic vision - with good, vital design in mind - to reach out to a world in urgent need, strengthening livelihoods for generations to come.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sustainable Dome Shelter

In the village of Bassin Bleu, Haiti, we are providing sustainable dome shelter and dome homes for disaster relief.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We not only seek to provide a safe, sanitary and affordable shelter solution through dome buildings and train individuals to build them, but to get community and building industry partners, volunteer teams, and various organizations involved in building them with the needy, to display love in action. We don't want to just create a program, we want to be a movement.

It is passionate teamwork that empowers lives around us to change the world. Together with volunteers and poverty residents, as experienced professionals we provide the certified training necessary to teach them how to build Ecoshell domes. No prior experience is needed. Ecoshells are simple and easy to build. We all know what the devastating effects can look like from hurricanes - or worse - in the Caribbean, Latin America, and around the globe. When a family's home is destroyed it can affect their entire livelihood. Domes are an urgent go-to solution prior to and in the aftermath of humanitarian crises globally.

We conduct needs analysis on the areas we are reaching out to in order to understand and determine who the local leaders are, what the community or individual's main needs are, what the potential building sites will look like, what types of local materials can be utilized as part of the sustainable construction of the domes, who will participate in local labor, and what the estimated project costs will be.

We provide project programming and management from conception to completion. With our passionate certified dome builders, contractors, and designers we work together to ensure there is full community involvement especially in the local cultural aesthetics of the domes' design.

We educate and train volunteers and dome recipients for the site build, and employ local labor residents on the technology of the dome structure in order to appoint leader roles and contribute to job creation. We maintain equality and raise awareness / economic growth, resulting in a healing aspect in affected communities.

How we do it:

The design method for our domes is particularly engineered to withstand the devastating effects of natural disasters such as hurricane winds up to 400 mph, F-4 tornadoes, earthquakes, fire, and prevent against rot, termites, and most manmade disasters. Domes are proven to be nearly indestructible and are an urgent go-to solution prior to and in the aftermath of natural disasters and humanitarian crises nationally and globally as they replace failed conventional homes and shelters which has led to countless loss of lives. Domes use half as much energy for heating and cooling and they use materials more efficiently for the same space utilized by a square conventional building. They also meet FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) standards and will never be restricted by climate or site location. They will perform well in any climate, hot or cold, as they are and can be built on virtually any site area including mountains, beaches, underground or underwater.

The two types of domes that we use to build are the Monolithic Dome or the EcoShell. They are both categorized as a thin shell concrete buildings:

EcoShell - The compound curve of the dome makes it stronger and longer lasting than virtually any other structure. They also take much less money and time to construct compared to conventional, rectangular buildings of the same size.

EcoShells are constructed with an airform, a rebar cage embedded in 2 or 3 inches of concrete, and a simple roof coating over the outside. And because of the concrete's thermal mass, interior temperatures remain stable. One EcoShell's Airform can be peeled off to create 100 domes.

EcoShells are a great solution in less developed countries where sustainable structures are greatly needed.

The EcoShell is NOT an alternative for housing in U.S. climates - except for Hawaii.

Monolithic Dome - The construction method is similar to the EcoShell except that is insulated. They are used for homes, shelters and commercial buildings, therefore being the perfect option for rebuilding in the US where conventional homes and structures have been destroyed.

Monolithic Domes are generally less cost to build compared to conventional buildings of the same size. Then there is cost recovery. The lifespan of the dome divided by the dome's cost gives you a small number, and with minimal maintenance it can last several centuries. Cost savings of the Monolithic Dome coupled with significant energy savings means the structure becomes virtually free.

Domes for Humanity has visited Haiti and conducted needs analysis in the area of Bassin Bleu, Haiti, in response to the natural disaster effects from the earthquake in 2010. Home were destroyed and still not re-built, causing them to collapse partially or entirely since 2010. Families are put in dangerous situations when living in these conditions and we seek to rebuild as many homes as possible to create safe, sustainable living conditions and support the local economy by doing so.

We also aim to bring water filtration systems to the village and the surrounding areas through our clean water relief partners to end the clean water crisis and deaths associated with contaminated water.

Financials

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Domes for Humanity

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniella Gruenthal

Ivan Gruenthal

SC Johnson