Experts Say Houston Dome May Help Environment

The science of mega engineering says we can save Houston with a Dome. Imagine building a huge Dome that covers the entire city, that is higher than Houston's skyscrapers.

One solution to counter the almost overwhelming environmental challenges facing Houston is to cover it with a giant geodesic dome. You can watch the video at the Discovery channel and explore how a giant geodesic dome may save the city from a grim environmental future.

Houston is in peril. The country's fourth most populous city faces heat, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Houston has always been vulnerable to hurricanes and severe weather.

Houston city center shut down for nearly a week from last year's hurricane. It caused the city a 10 billion dollar damage. It's not only the hurricanes, but also heat and humidity that keep oppressing this great city. On nearly 100 days each year the temperature climbs above 90 degrees.

Air conditioning helps, but it comes at a very high cost. Houston is using more electricity than Los Angeles.

This is why some scientists think the only way to save the city is to move it indoors, in other words to build a huge dome for Houston. Houston dome area will stretch over 21 Million square feet, making it the biggest structure with the largest roof in the world.

Houston Dome's broadest panels will be 15 feet across. It will take 147,000 panels to cover the city of Houston. Glass will not work for Houston Dome. It will be so heavy that it can't hold. Houston Dome will require a much lighter material. It may come from the German city of Bremen, from a factory of Vector Foil Company.

Vector Foiltec invented the use of Texlon® ETFE, the climatic envelope, over twenty five years ago and has successfully developed and promoted the use of this innovative technology worldwide. This is light polymer and is the future of glass.

This material, called ETFE is the only material that will make a fuller city-size dome possible, even for a city like Houston. At just one percent of glass, ETFE is described as 99 percent nothing. Without ETF the Houston dome can never become reality. It is so light that 99 percent lighter than glass is tremendous change.

Since it's not possible to stop the life in Houston to build the Dome and army of dirigibles will be used to complete the construction.

Houston Dome will take years of construction and billions of dollars. The Dome is designed to protect a city from a category-5 hurricane. The ETFEpanels and the space-frame steel structure that supports them are the key. ETFE can withstand winds of 180 miles per hour. This is higher velocity than the strongest category 5 hurricane.

Houston Dome idea is very intriguing. But I am just left with one idea. Will Houston ever see rain? If no, is it possible to sustain an ecosystem of such a size without rain?

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This has got to be the dumbest idea I have ever heard. An army of dirigibles? Air conditioning a greenhouse the size of a city? Enclosing people with their internal combustion engines? What sick, delusional, out of touch, scientifically illiterate, techno-triumphalist moron came up with this?

Submitted by mystery man (not verified) on
There will obviosly be a oxygen and CO2 stabelizer so everyone wont die. Also it will be insulating so that less air contitioning will need to be used. So you obviously dont think about the soulutions to these problems you are proposing.

Submitted by mercwdes (not verified) on
I'd like to know if it's really true, can it be possdible as a solution?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
So what happens when the Cat 5 Hurricane hits while dome is mid-construction during the YEARS it would take to build this?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
uh well thats simple. nothing. you construct the whole dome first and put the panels in afterward. duh.

Submitted by Bodo on
this is a pretty scarry idea( I mean all those extreme engeneering fans must tjhink a lot before making such decisions. I truly understand that it is designed for the better, but after I watched the video <a href="http://www.tubehome.com/watch/houston-the-first-dome-city-ie-mass-jail-in-the-world">http://www.tubehome.com/watch/houston-the-first-dome-city-ie-mass-jail-in-the-world</a> I became even more concerned about it... mass jail...there is smth sinister in it(

Submitted by mathews on
Are there people seriously considering doing this and thinking that a dome would help! I cannot believe that they are even contemplating that. Has everyone gone out of their mind or something? This is the weirdest and craziest suggestion that I have come across. Anyway if such a thing is plausible it is a long time in becoming a reality so I guess for us it is just a matter of waiting and watching and hoping that this is the answer to their prayers.<a href="http://www.iaqsource.com/category.php/trion-air-bear-filters/?category=526">air bear</a>

Is this a joke? Are people seriously considering covering Houston with a dome to save it from environmental ruin? Why not try recycling, or reducing carbon emissions first? I suppose it would make Houston an amazing tourist attraction - right up there next to the great wall. Regards, Simon <a href="http://www.koh-samui.travel/">Koh Samui</a>

Submitted by mystery man (not verified) on
Obvioulsy recycling didnt do a thing and they have already tried this and also its an expiriment you dont really think recycling would do a thing compared to using 20% less power in huton on a daily basus.

Submitted by Liv Boeree (not verified) on
this dome is like in the movie The Simpsons

Submitted by online baccarat (not verified) on
still the question is what happens when the Cat 5 Hurricane.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
@SimonColeman: A dome like this WOULD reduce Huston's carbon emissions. Environmentally speaking that's the point. It's much more energy efficient to build a self-cooling dome, than to run and air conditioner in every apartment in the city.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I got three words for you. THIS IS DUMB!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
UR DUMB

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Its not dumb, its brilliant!!!!!!!! u guys are just ignorant and just dont look at the advantages

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
so what happens when the steel beams fall from the sky and kill thousands of people and millions of dollars worth of damage.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yes, what about plant life, rain, and sun? And all the exhaust and fumes from autombiles? Will there be a way in and out of the dome?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
First of all, there is going to be a hole somewhere that can be opened/closed, preferably at the top. Now, the rain on the other hand will be produced via transpiration. If you know your science. there might be a chance for an indoor cloud. Also they could just add sprinklers on the beams if it really is needed.