7EaveWhere the sides of the greenhouse join the roof of the greenhouse.The “top” of the sides of the greenhouse.
8TrussStructural component that supports the weight of the greenhouse roof.Consists of rafters, struts, and chords.
9Purlin Purlins run the length of the greenhouse. Keep the roof trusses aligned.
10Ridge Where the roofs come together at the top of the greenhouse. Many greenhouses have a ridge vent(s).
11Sash Bars Run perpendicular to the purlins. Attached to the purlins. Hold the glazing in place.Sometimes built with a drip groove or channel to catch condensation that forms on the inside of the glass panels.sash bars
12Wooden Sash Bar Close-up Sash bar capGlass panelsSash barDrip groove
14Sash Bar Cap Fastened to the sash bars with screws. Functions to hold the glass panels in place.
15Siting a Greenhouse Topography Amount of land Select as level a site as possible.Amount of landThe general “rule of thumb” is to purchase at least twice as much land as the desired growing area.For example, you desire to build a ridge & furrow greenhouse measuring 50 feet x 150 feet.7,500 square feet x 2 = 15,000 square feet = .34 acres
16Greenhouse Orientation WESNDepends on latitude and whether the greenhouse is connected or detached.Single, detached greenhouse:In northern latitudes an east-west orientation is favored because light can enter through the sides rather than through the ends of the greenhouse where it would cast more shade.Also, because our winds are predominately from the west (blue arrow) this positions an end wall of the greenhouse into the wind.
17Greenhouse Orientation Connected Greenhouses:An east – west orientation is not ideal.NorthSouth
18Greenhouse Orientation Connected Greenhouses:A north – south orientation is BEST!SouthNorth
19Windbreaks Planted on the north and west sides of the greenhouse. Help reduce heat loss from the greenhouse.Greenhouses should be located a minimum of 100 feet away.
20Framing Materials Two basic kinds of material: Wood Metal; primarily aluminum or aluminum alloys
21Wood Redwood, cedar, or some other rot-resistant wood. Treated wood. Beware of mercury-based paints and preservatives because fumes from these products are toxic to plants.
22Aluminum Lightweight Strong Rust resistant Framing materials can be manufactured thinner and be spaced further apart allowing for minimal shading.
23Stresses on the Greenhouse Weight of the framing and glazing.Snow loads.Wind pressure.Temperature; fluctuating temperatures cause expansion and contraction of framing and glazing materials.
24Headhouse Service building with overhead doors. Used for planting, media preparation and storage, chemical storage, container storage and office space, etc.
25Headhouse, continued…May also include the heating plant (boiler) and a cold storage facility.Should be at least 10% of the total growing area of the greenhouse.