Build your own passive solar greenhouse for year-round food production in any climate
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!
Section I: The Big Picture
1. What Is a Solar Greenhouse?
2. Growing Indoors: History and Future Trends
3. Planning for the Greenhouse
Section II: Designing and Building a Solar Greenhouse
4. Siting and Orientation
5. Controlling Light and Heat Gain: Glazing
6. Controlling Heat Loss: Insulation
8. Greenhouse Geometries
9. Greenhouse Construction Basics
10. Attached Greenhouses
11. Earth-sheltered Greenhouses
Section III: Heating and Cooling Methods
12. Passive Thermal Mass
13. Using the Earth for Heat Storage
14. Solar Hot Water
15. Rocket Mass Stoves and Compost Heaters
16. Powering the Greenhouse
Section IV: Growing in the Greenhouse
17. Creating the Greenhouse Environment
18. Aquaponics and Hydroponics
Appendix 1: Temperature Ranges of Common Greenhouse Crops
Appendix 2: Optimizing Glazing Angles
Appendix 3: Supplemental Lighting
About the Authors
A Note About the Publisher