Yurts of Hawaii
Yurts of Hawaii builds yurts. Strong,
beautiful, inspired, and economical
housing from Mongolia.
Yurts of America
Certified engineering, quality
craftsmanship, and durable materials
guaranteed, Yurts of America offers the
best and most economical year-round
yurt on the market today.
Rainier Industries is an international
manufacturer of innovative fabric, shelter
and display products based in Seattle,
Blue Ridge Yurts
Custom fabric circular Yurts made for the
Southeastern US Located in Floyd, VA.
Solargons are octagonal buildings
featuring passive solar design principles.
Like Yurts, made with Structural Insulated
Panels. Loveland, Colorado.
Colorado Yurt Company
Based on the traditional Mongolian yurt,
also known as a ger, the affordable,
durable, modern yurt could be just what
you’re looking for. I love this company
because they actually have prices listed
right on the website.
Laurel Nest Yurts
Asheville, North Carolina company that
builds affordable, sustainable Yurt Homes.
Yurt Living - Innovative, Inexpensive & Inviting
By Robert Frederick Lee
The yurt is finding a home in the catalogue of home options for North Americans who have an inclination
for unusual and eco-friendly living options.
Although the modern yurt design is based on the traditional Turkish yurt or Mongolia ger, the new
design offers several essential advantages over the time-honoured Asian structure. Durable,
fire-retardant, UV-resistant fabrics with lifespans of 15 to 20 years, space-age foil-backed insulation that
provide R-values exceeding R10, and creative ventilation techniques using wind turbine roof vents,
directional dome skylights, customizable opening locations and durable plastic windows with zip-up
rough weather covers are just a few of the innovative improvements.
The yurt's round design, with walls and exo-skeleton held stable by the pressure of the cone-shaped
roof system that rests on wall top plate, provides lightweight structural stability. A thin cable attached to
the inside upper perimeter of the lattice wall & fabric frame draws the walls inward while the weight of the
roof structure pushes outward. This stasis makes the building very stable in the most extreme winds.
Today's yurts are easy & inexpensive to heat, largely due to the decreased wind resistance of the
circular design and open-room concept. Yet, these homes are able to incorporate either conventional
heating systems or eco-friendly systems. Because many yurt owners prefer to build in remote locations,
the use of green energy, such as solar, ground source geothermal or wind energy is essential.
Typically, yurt costs run from $11 per square foot to $23. This compares very favourably to costs for
conventional frame houses, with construction prices ranging from $60 to $120 per square foot.
Yurts and gers were designed to be mobile. The ability to tear down and reassemble these homes was a
critical consideration for the nomadic homeowners who used them over the centuries in the mountains
of Asia. Similarly, modern yurts provide that same flexibility, with average assembly time seldom
exceeding five days. This versatility means that the yurt is easy to set up in a remote area, but
structurally sound enough to live in year-round in the coldest climates.
Yet, these sophisticated high-tech tents are not without their problems. For the most part, yurts cannot
be built in an urban environment. Uniform building code standards, albeit somewhat antiquated,
generally discount these apparently fragile buildings as not meeting code requirements. Restrictions on
plumbing, electrical, durability, and ability to withstand weather extremes have set a standard that most
yurts do not meet.
To qualify as a structure that varies from standard code requirements, prospective homeowners are
required to hire engineers or architects to provide their stamp of approval on the design. Not unlike
western-trained doctors who resist eastern or alternative medicines & treatments, many professional
building designers are reluctant to embrace, or even accept the yurt as a safe, well-designed home.
Some smaller centres, though, sometimes turn a blind eye to installation of a yurt home, preferring to
see it as a temporary structure, or define it as a storage building or workshop.
Yurts may have limited applicability or acceptance in our current housing environment, but they do offer
a viable alternative for a special niche of homeowner, and may hold promise for those seeking
low-construction, low-operation cost housing.
Bob is a former business consultant, who currently operates a pesticide-free, herbicide-free market
garden in Manitoba, Canada. He and his wife, Janice, have designed and are building their own yurt,
where they will live year-round. He is recording his progress on his blog,
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