GroDome facility focuses on energy efficiency
By Brandi Cowen
The University of Warwick’s new phytobiology building in the United Kingdom is an ultra-modern controlled-environment greenhouse facility designed for efficiency and flexibility.
“The greenhouse’s squatness gives it an unusual appearance. A commercial glasshouse would normally be three metres taller to give a thermal buffer, but in this instance the curvature and deliberate low profile of the building actually help maintain the desired environments.”
Efficient facility features include:
- A design that minimizes structures that can block incoming light
- Insulating polycarbonate to reduce the heating demand
- A heating system that can recover waste heat from the university’s combined heat and power plant
- Fan coils around the internal perimeter of the structure to help maintain the desired temperatures
- A building management system that monitors internal conditions and can automatically regulate conditions if set parameters are exceeded
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