The Future Of Greenhouse Structures

Open roof greenhouses
Photo courtesy of Jeff Warschauer

Innovative Open-Roof Structures

“Naturally ventilated greenhouses are still the future for most propagation, finish and prefinished ornamental growers, but I want to see a new type of open roof for the greenhouse industry in the next 5, 10 or 20 years. The conventional open roof as you and I know it today are multi-, mini roofs and have large roof vent panels that stand straight up. These panels cut a portion of light, reduce air movement within the interior environment and have many more gutters then conventional wide-span houses.

“The improvement will be a new structure design for opening the roof and an improved covering. Similar to what we now know as the peak open-roof cloth system but would be improved using new long-life textiles, plastics or a hard covering that can roll, push, pull, fold or accordion, or maybe you’ll just push a button and – poof! – it turns to dust. I don’t know. But whatever crazy idea it is, it will be the single biggest avenue for new greenhouse design for ornamental growers.”

Jeff Warschauer Vice President of Sales, Nexus Corporation

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