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Thor Prestby
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Hi! I live in Norway and want ro build an insulated greenhouse. Not a small one. Any american or other websites that sells build kits or plans?
 
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I like this one for ideas: http://www.ceresgs.com/
Not that I've actually bought their plans as I'm only building a tiny greenhouse, but they are active on this forum and occasionally answer questions, the FAQ on their website is very good.
 
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I also recommend this book: http://crmpi.org/about/the-forest-garden-greenhouse-by-jerome-osentowski/


It has some brilliant photos of the building of the greenhouses, and plan diagrams and things.
 
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Any more books you guys can recommend?
 
Charli Wilson
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This one is a much smaller greenhouse, but a nice and easy to make one: https://permaculturegreenhouse.com/

Some nice photos of a build here too: http://www.ecosystems-design.com/climate-batteries.html


Rather old book with lots of feasible ideas is https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solar-Greenhouse-Book-James-McCullagh/dp/0878571981

And the ultimate website for the calculations and explanations of the phase-change for shcs was www.sunnyjohn.com, but the website seems to have gone

Most calculations are for the US and for much lower latitudes, obviously they still work for higher latitudes but possibly not for very overcast and cloudy regions (I'm in the UK)

Sorry, I'm just starting my greenhouse build, have been planning it for years!
 
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I found this on amazon https://www.amazon.com/Living-Tropical-Greenhouse-Creating-Butterflies/dp/1861081235/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=PWAF4FQTA1QM8RHSTQEF ; .

Anyone read it? Its abit old. I dont want outdated technices, but maybe they arent?
 
Joshua Parke
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I just wanted to add a tip...as I don't know of any kits for sell.  This may be in Jerome's book...but I'm not too sure. I just thumbed through it and didn't see a mention of it. But you can see an example of what I'm going to explain on page 82 of his book.  Around the entire perimeter of your greenhouse, install foam board insulation vertically to a depth below the frost line and next to the foundation to insulate the ground from freezing in the winter......actually now I'm recalling this info in Jerome's book...he suggested insulating on the inside of the greenhouse perimeter. I've also seen some people suggesting that you just lay foam board insulation down flat on the ground maybe a foot below the surface, and out away from the greenhouse.
 
Mike Jay
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That's my insulation plan for my greenhouse.  Instead of digging down 4' to put in a styrofoam thermal break, I'm going to go down one foot and horizontally out 3 feet.  The frost doesn't know which way it's going, just that it runs out of steam after 4 feet of travel (in my climate).
 
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