Heating A Greenhouse Using Solar Heat and Compost Heat

MOTHER's bioshelter greenhouse uses both solar heat and compost heat, housing plants as well as rabbits and chickens. The article includes information on structure, notes on construction, and floor plans.



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The design of the structure was conceived in an attempt to get as many quality uses as possible out of one building by integrating it with its living occupants wherever possible.
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The growing beds are solar and compost heated.
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Diagram 1 of the bioshelter greenhouse.
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Reinforced block walls support 2 by 4 stud framing. The rear portion of the masonry is backfilled; the remainder is earth bermed.
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Huge sheets of recycled glass rest on dimensional lumber joists. 2 by 4 batten strips are bolted through the joint gaps and covered with aluminum flashing.
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Diagram 2 of the bioshelter greenhouse.
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