The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse
29%
off

The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse : How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse

4.45 (35 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Fresh, local nutrient-dense fruits vegetables are hard to find in winter in cold climates. Growing warm-weather crops like tomatoes, bananas, avocados, and other perennials is nearly impossible using conventional structures. The solution for millions of backyard and small-scale commercial growers is self-heating solar greenhouses. The Year-round Solar Greenhouse is the one-stop guide to designing and building greenhouses that harness and store energy from the sun to create naturally heated, lush growing environments even in the depths of winter, covering principles of solar greenhouse design and siting, glazing material properties and selection, controlling heat loss, ventilation, and construction methods. Additionally, an in-depth section covers sustainable ways of heating the greenhouse without fossil fuels, including using thermal mass and storing heat underground with a ground to air heat exchanger. Variations include attached solar greenhouses, earth sheltered greenhouses, plus integrating hydroponics and aquaponics.
More than a dozen case studies from across North America provide inspiration and demonstrate specific challenges and solutions for growing year-round in any climate. Grow your own food, anytime, anywhere using the power of the sun! Lindsey Schiller is a greenhouse designer and with co-author Marc Plinke, co-owner of Ceres Greenhouse Solutions. Lindsey has designed, toured and helped build hundreds of energy-efficient greenhouses spanning small residential structures to acre-size commercial facilities. Marc Plinke is an inventor-innovator with a PhD in engineering who has focused his engineering mindset on building innovative, energy-efficient and smarter greenhouses, with the intention of enabling people to grow their own food sustainably and year-round.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 185 x 229 x 17.78mm | 610g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • 0865718245
  • 9780865718241
  • 62,737

Back cover copy

Build your own passive solar greenhouse for year-round food production in any climate

Extensively researched, written with personal experience, and full of essential facts and figures rendered simple and accessible. -- DARRELL E. FREY, author, The Bioshelter Market Garden

A practical, easy-to-read guide that enables anyone to design and build their own sustainable, year-round greenhouse. I highly recommend it for aquaponic growers, and any gardener looking to extend their season. -- SYLVIA BERNSTEIN, author, Aquaponic Gardening

FRESH, LOCAL, NUTRIENT-DENSE fruits and vegetables are hard to find in winter in cold climates. Growing warm-weather crops like tomatoes, bananas, avocados, or other perennials is nearly impossible using conventional structures. The solution for millions of backyard and small-scale commercial growers is self-heating solar greenhouses.

The Year-round Solar Greenhouse is the one-stop guide to designing and building greenhouses that harness and store energy from the sun to create naturally heated, lush growing environments even in the depths of winter. Topics include the principles of solar greenhouse design, siting, glazing material properties and selection, controlling heat loss, ventilation, and construction methods. Additionally, an in-depth section covers sustainable ways of heating the greenhouse without fossil fuels, including using thermal mass and storing heat underground with a ground-to-air heat exchanger.

Variations include attached solar greenhouses, earth-sheltered greenhouses, plus integrating hydroponics and aquaponics. More than a dozen case studies from across North America provide inspiration and demonstrate specific challenges and solutions for growing year-round in any climate. Grow your own food, anytime, anywhere using the power of the sun!

An important resource that will help farmers and greenhouse operators leverage innovation for sustainable and profitable food production. ...This book should be part of your tool kit. -- GAELAN BROWN, author, The Compost-Powered Water Heater

LINDSEY SCHILLER is a greenhouse designer and is, with co-author Marc Plinke, co-owner of Ceres Greenhouse Solutions. Lindsey has designed, toured, and helped build hundreds of energy-efficient greenhouses spanning small residential structures to acre-size commercial facilities.

MARC PLINKE is an inventor-innovator with a PhD in engineering. In recent years he has focused his engineering mindset on building innovative, energy-efficient, and smarter greenhouses, with the intention of enabling people to grow their own food sustainably and year-round.
show more

Table of contents

Introduction


Section I: The Big Picture

1. What Is a Solar Greenhouse?

2. Growing Indoors: History and Future Trends

3. Planning for the Greenhouse


Section II: Designing and Building a Solar Greenhouse

4. Siting and Orientation

5. Controlling Light and Heat Gain: Glazing

6. Controlling Heat Loss: Insulation

7. Ventilation

8. Greenhouse Geometries

9. Greenhouse Construction Basics

10. Attached Greenhouses

11. Earth-sheltered Greenhouses


Section III: Heating and Cooling Methods

12. Passive Thermal Mass

13. Using the Earth for Heat Storage

14. Solar Hot Water

15. Rocket Mass Stoves and Compost Heaters

16. Powering the Greenhouse


Section IV: Growing in the Greenhouse

17. Creating the Greenhouse Environment

18. Aquaponics and Hydroponics


Appendix 1: Temperature Ranges of Common Greenhouse Crops

Appendix 2: Optimizing Glazing Angles

Appendix 3: Supplemental Lighting


Index

About the Authors

A Note About the Publisher
show more

About Lindsey Schiller

Lindsey Schiller studied conventional greenhouse design and management at the University of Arizona's Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center before delving deeply into solar greenhouse design. With co-author Marc Plinke, she founded Ceres Greenhouse Solutions to research, design and build energy-efficient year-round greenhouses. Lindsey has designed, toured and helped build hundreds of energy-efficient greenhouses spanning small residential structures to acre-size commercial facilities. Marc Plinke, an inventor-innovator with a PhD in engineering, started his career as a chemical and process engineer working for Gore Technologies. He later retrofitted his family's 1950's Boulder, CO ranch home into a net-zero-energy home, spurring a second career in green building design. Marc has spent the past decade applying his expertise in green building and engineering mindset to building better greenhouses, with the intention of enabling people to grow their own food sustainably, year-round.
show more

Rating details

35 ratings
4.45 out of 5 stars
5 51% (18)
4 43% (15)
3 6% (2)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X