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Yona Brod
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I'm suggesting to our tribe that we build a geodesic dome for our new greenhouse rather than a standard tunnel greenhouse and they want to see that it has worked for others in this sort of geo-climatic region. Might anyone be able to link me to an example of a successful dome project in SE Alaska, Nova Scotia or the like?
 
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Geodesic domes in general have proven to be susceptible to leaking, which is very bad for dwellings, maybe not so much for greenhouses.

A more pertinent factor might be that a dome cannot be oriented to take advantage of sunlight; its facets will all be at different angles and any sun control techniques or movable insulation would have to be individually tailored to every panel. A standard shape can have a single treatment applied to an entire side at once, which makes control simpler and possibly more effective. Also, glass cut into triangles would likely have a lot of waste, even more than plywood or other panel materials. If it didn't have a high waste factor, there would be even more joints in exposed surfaces.
 
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