We are all familiar with the total devastation left by Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas. Certain areas look like they have been hit by a nuclear bomb! Tens of thousands of residents are homeless.
At Valentine International LLC, a Wyoming based company, we create healthy and secure living environments using our dodecahedron dome kits. Our current kits are made of wooden 2x6s, plywood hubs and connected with wooden dowels. These kits are designed to withstand Category 4 to 5 hurricane winds.
Hurricane Dorian was a Category 6 and according to meteorologists there are going to a LOT MORE Category 6s in the future! FEMA - US Federal Emergency Management Administration - are now telling construction and manufacturing companies with projects on the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico that new construction must be built to withstand Category 6 hurricanes.
The founder of the company, Hugh Simpson, is also a well known Preparedness and Survival consultant authoring numerous books in the niche. He has been involved in this niche for 20 years beginning with Y2K and his first book entitled A Family Survival Manual for Y2K & Beyond. He is a former Post Newsweek/CBS reporter featured on CNN, Fox News, Coast to Coast AM, etc. He also has been a guest columnist for Survivor’s Edge.
His love of domes goes back to the late 80s when he spent two years studying with the right hand man to the 20th Century futurist and Evangelist of the geodesic dome, Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. About 15 years ago he heard about the dodecahedron dome and went to North Carolina to learn to build it. At the time his instructor Rob was creating the pieces of the dome in his garage.
Flash forward to 2018 when Hugh found a company in western North Carolina that could cut the struts, hubs, and even plywood triangles that covered the dome with a $250,000 CAD machine. This enabled the dome pieces to be exactly the same every time instead of the hit and miss of ones made in Rob’s garage.
Now it was time to begin marketing the dome kits. Hugh soon learned that even in the 21st Century building code inspectors and other government authorities had little knowledge of the world of Dome Living!
He soon discovered that getting them approved for housing was an uphill battle even though geometrically the dodecahedron shape is the STRONGEST man-made one on the Planet! It is even stronger than the geodesic one! He has written about his dome kits in Dome Living in the 21st Century.
Now with the devastation on the Bahamas Hugh sees an opportunity to show the world the strength of a dodecahedron dome made with steel struts and hubs! He truly believes that this new dome kits along with HempCrete poured into the cavity created by the steel struts will be approved for Category 6 hurricanes.