With the continuing onslaught of ‘super-typhoons’ over the past decade, the Philippines has finally starting to think outside the box – or at least outside the box-shape of housing.
Disaster resistant dome-style homes will be constructed in Dapitan and are said to be resilient to typhoon winds of up to 400kph.
The site will include 200 dome houses constructed of basalt, melted at 2,000F, and run through a process to make them highly wind and earthquake resistant.
Michael Scott, the Philippine Country Manger of Monolithic Home Builders based in Texas said that a third of the world had reserves of basalt, so the homes can be cost effective and widely available.
Michael Scott also said they hope to assist the government in building and producing the homes for those hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte and other regions of the country.
The National Housing Authority is expected to fund the project.