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

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

by Lindsey Schiller, Marc Plinke


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865718241
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 319,771
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 3.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Section I The Big Picture

1 What Is a Solar Greenhouse? 3

2 Growing Indoors: History and Future Trends 11

3 Planning for the Greenhouse 19

Section II Designing and Building a Solar Greenhouse

4 Siting and Orientation 29

5 Controlling Light and Heat Gain: Glazing 41

6 Controlling Heat Loss: Insulation 69

7 Ventilation 87

8 Greenhouse Geometries 109

9 Greenhouse Construction Basics 123

10 Attached Greenhouses 145

11 Earth-sheltered Greenhouses 159

Section III Heating and Cooling Methods

12 Passive Thermal Mass 171

13 Using the Earth for Heat Storage 191

14 Solar Hot Water 211

15 Rocket Mass Stoves and Compost Heaters 219

16 Powering the Greenhouse 237

Section I Growing in the Greenhouse

17 Creating the Greenhouse Environment. 257

18 Aquaponics and Hydroponics 279

Appendix 1 Temperature Ranges of Common Greenhouse Crops 293

Appendix 2 Optimizing Glazing Angles 295

Appendix 3 Supplemental Lighting 297

Index 299

About the Authors 307

A Note About the Publisher 308

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Particularly for aquaponics growers, solar greenhouse design is a nobrainer. Schiller and Plinke have created a practical, easy to read guide that enables anyone to design and build their own sustainable, yearround greenhouse. I highly recommend it for aquaponic growers, and any gardener looking to extend their season."

—Sylvia Bernstein, author, Aquaponic Gardening

"Schiller's book is an important resource that will help farmers and greenhouse operators leverage innovation for sustainable and profitable food production. I believe that agricultural innovation for economic and ecological sustainability is the most important opportunity facing humanity, and this book should be part of your tool kit."
—Gaelan Brown, author, The Compost-Powered Water Heater

"Year-round food production in the emerging post carbon society will require solar greenhouses at many scales. Whether an attached home greenhouse or large commercial bioshelter, successful long term food production in these bio-structures requires artful design, careful planning, quality construction and carefully integrated systems of light, heat, ventilation and well managed growing spaces. Lindsey Schiller and Marc Plinke have provided an essential tool to ensure success in all these areas. This book is 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

" The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse is an invaluable primer for anyone looking to grow their own food year-round without fossil fuels. The science and methods are well explained, meticulously documented, and easy to understand. A great resource!"
—Dan Chiras, author, Power from the Sun, Chinese Greenhouses , and The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy

"Well researched and thorough, it's a contribution of her effort to convey to us all the information on the subject. The author is educated and writes in a manner easily understood, and to the point. She has done us all a favor with this book. Each chapter ends with a summary "takeaways" that gives extra reading references, books, CD's etc. covering all related topics for whatever your particular need may be. What you need to learn about solar green houses you WILL find by starting with this book!"
—Leslie Jackson, co-author, Rocket Mass Heaters

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