Section 1: Introduction to Net-zero Energy GreenhousesIntroduction Chapter 1: What is a self-heating greenhouse?Chapter 2: The big picture Chapter 3: Planning your greenhouseSection 2: Greenhouse Design and ConstructionChapter 4: Siting and orientationChapter 5: Light and GlazingChapter 6: Controlling Heat Loss: InsulationChapter 7: Controlling Heat Gain: VentilationChapter 8: Greenhouse GeometriesChapter 9: Greenhouse ConstructionChapter 10: Attached GreenhousesChapter 11: Earth-Sheltered GreenhousesSection 3: Designing for Net-zero EnergyChapter 12: Passive Thermal MassChapter 13: The Earth as Heat StorageChapter 14: Solar Hot WaterChapter 15: Biomass SystemsChapter 16: Powering the GreenhouseSection 4: Growing in the GreenhouseChapter 17: Growing in the GreenhouseChapter 18: AquaponicsChapter 19: Hydroponics Chapter 20: Greenhouse Management
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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.