What they're saying: Minnesota-based Natural Spaces Domes has seen demand surge throughout the country in recent years. C0-owner Dennis Odin Johnson told Axios he's doubled his staff and expects to sell around 40 domes this year, up from 20 last year.
The big picture: With fewer flat walls and a round shape, domes can weather severe winds and heavier snowfall while using less heating and cooling energy than a conventional house, according to Johnson.
Zoom in: Retired software engineer Jon duSaint, who lived in Santa Cruz County during the CZU Lightning Complex fires in 2020, is building a dome home near Bishop, Calif., the New York Times reported last month.
A geodesic dome home in Madera Ranchos, Calif. Photo: Craig Kohlruss/Fresno Bee/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
By the numbers: 1.7% of people in California say they were displaced in the last year because of a natural disaster, per the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.
Between the lines: A completed dome is generally 5-to-15% less expensive to build, requiring 60% less lumber than a standard house of the same size, according to Johnson.
Go deeper: The threat of climate change-related disasters is a big factor driving up consumer costs and putting insurers out of business in some parts of the country, Axios' Andrew Freedman and Nathan Bomey report.