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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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.