The Future Of Greenhouse Structures

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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

Laura Drotleff is editor of Greenhouse Grower. Richard Jones is the group editor for Meister Media Worldwide’s U.S. Horticulture Group. He was formerly an editor with Greenhouse Grower and Today's Garden Center magazines.

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