Windbreaks part of greenhouse energy checklist

May 24, 2012
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Conifer tree windbreak (image courtesy US Department of Agriculture)
Conifer tree windbreak (image courtesy US Department of Agriculture)
This spring, an updated version of a 'Greenhouse Energy Conservation Checklist' was released. It asks greenhouse operators to examine air leaks, insulation, and other ways of managing energy requirements - including windbreaks.

 

The checklist, written by University of Connecticut Professor Emeritus of Greenhouse and Nursery Engineering John Bartok, is located here. It directs growers to "Install windbreaks on the north and northwest sides of the greenhouse. The windbreak can be a double row of conifer trees or plastic snow fence."

Extension notes on creating windbreaks and the benefits of windbreaks from the Government of Ontario's Landowner Resource Centre are located here and here.

Watch Energy Edge and Greenhouse Canada Magazine for an upcoming feature on how windbreaks can help you with greenhouse energy management.

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