Styrofoam is great for many things, including these earthquake-proof homes in Japan. Each piece is glued together to create a dome that weighs around 80kg, and the finished product can be used as permanent residences, guesthouses or even small hotels in rural areas. “The beads in conventional polystyrene are expanded about 50% to 60% the original size of the styrene monomer, causing the absorption of a large amount of oxygen. Japan Dome House has developed a method which only expands the styrene monomers about 20% and minimizes the absorption of oxygen. This makes the material much stronger than conventional foam while keeping its highly insulating qualities,” according to RealEstate.co.jp. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Steve Stiles is a retired computer professional. He has worked in the computer field since before the internet and the TRS-80. He has always loved technology, has served his country in USAF and there after worked for several high tech companies such as Singer Link Flight Simulation, Digital Equipment, KLA Instruments and Nine Mile Nuclear Power Station.