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The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse
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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.
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Section 1: Introduction to Net-zero Energy Greenhouses Introduction Chapter 1: What is a self-heating greenhouse? Chapter 2: The big picture Chapter 3: Planning your greenhouse Section 2: Greenhouse Design and Construction Chapter 4: Siting and orientation Chapter 5: Light and Glazing Chapter 6: Controlling Heat Loss: Insulation Chapter 7: Controlling Heat Gain: Ventilation Chapter 8: Greenhouse Geometries Chapter 9: Greenhouse Construction Chapter 10: Attached Greenhouses Chapter 11: Earth-Sheltered Greenhouses Section 3: Designing for Net-zero Energy Chapter 12: Passive Thermal Mass Chapter 13: The Earth as Heat Storage Chapter 14: Solar Hot Water Chapter 15: Biomass Systems Chapter 16: Powering the Greenhouse Section 4: Growing in the Greenhouse Chapter 17: Growing in the Greenhouse Chapter 18: Aquaponics Chapter 19: Hydroponics Chapter 20: Greenhouse Management

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Features offered to: Mother Earth News, Green Building, Solar Today, Home Power, Fine Home Building, Green Home Advisor Excerpts offered to: Mother Earth News, GRIT, Permaculture Activist, Hobby Farm Advertising in: Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, Small Farm Canada Promotion on the author's website: www.ceresgs.com Promotion in association with author's professional network on Linked In Academic promotion to horticulture, sustainable energy, and technology Galley available on Edelweiss Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's speaking engagements Simultaneous ebook release and promotion Promotion on New Society Publishers social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, our blog, Pinterest and Instagram

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.

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