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Home  >  Energy Alternatives  >   Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for Design (Summary)

Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for Design


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By David Ryan, PE and Tammy Hinman

Published: September 2011

Updated: September 2011



16 pages

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Growing food in cold climates can be difficult, but utilizing season-extension techniques, such as cold frames, hoop houses, and greenhouses, can help overcome these challenges. This publication assesses several greenhouse design elements and their effectiveness at extending the growing season in cold climates.

Table of Contents

Basic Design Principles
Solar Orientation
Heat Loss
Heat Balance
Weather in Butte, Montana
Heat Storage
Further Resources

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