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Copyright © 2002-2007
Glenn Caffery

Welcome

This project was funded in part by:

The goal of this project is to design and build a small commercial greenhouse (1000 sq. ft.) consistent with some "green" design goals of energy efficiency, longevity, affordability, and minimally polluting systems and materials. We will use technologies that show promise, but are not well-established in the greenhouse industry, and share with you our successes and failures..

The innovations we are testing include:

  • new frame design
  • airtight and affordable glazing system
  • heat recovery ventilation in heating season (passive ventilation in cooling season)
  • ventilation preheating using "earthtubes"
  • temperature moderation and heat storage with subsurface rock bed.
  • insulated, airtight shell
  • water conservation, treatment, and reuse

On this site, we share our design, costs, and performance information; all the plans that we have are linked to this site. We welcome your questions, but please be patient with us. We get several inquiries a month, and we respond as well as we can when we are able. You may find contact information on the "Contact us" page.

 

greenhouse picture

click on picture for closer view from west