Ceres Greenhouse Solutions Introduces High Performance Greenhouse Kit for Home Gardeners

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The expert in energy-efficient greenhouses introduces the first insulated back-yard greenhouse kit designed for sustainable year-round growing in harsh climates

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions – a Colorado company that specializes in energy-efficient greenhouse technology – is expanding their HighYield Greenhouse line with a series of pre-fabricated, high-performance greenhouse kits for backyard growers.

The backyard greenhouse kits build on Ceres’ current line of HighYield Greenhouses, which integrate durable steel framing with an extremely energy-efficient design. The new models will make this technology available to residential growers, enabling home gardeners to grow anywhere, year-round, without the high energy costs of standard greenhouses.

The kits use modular steel framing, which is pre-cut and assembled by the homeowner / crew on-site. Following the company’s signature design, the kits use passive solar building principles – a series of design strategies which serve to maximize free solar energy and reduce or eliminate fossil-fuel heating and cooling. The greenhouse kits incorporate high-quality insulated materials, allowing them to trap passive solar energy during the day, and avoid cost-intensive heating. Specifically, the greenhouse kits include an insulated wall – usually placed on the North side of the structure -- with insulation values of R-14 to R-28. This reduces the structure’s heat loss by 75-95%, compared to a typical polycarbonate greenhouse, making the kits extremely useful for climates with harsh winters or hot summers.

With passive solar design, insulated walls and triple-wall polycarbonate roofing, the backyard kits provide vastly superior performance compared to standard greenhouse kits on the market. The company predicts the residential structures will perform similarly to their HighYield Greenhouse line for commercial growers, maintaining temperatures 70F (20C) degrees warmer than outdoor air with minimal back-up heating. Such an environment enables growers – including those in harsh climates, previously unable to grow year-round – to create a sustainable and abundant indoor garden, growing tropical crops like banana, citrus and avocado, in addition to typical fruits and vegetables.

Each back-yard greenhouse kit is structurally engineered for high wind loads and snow loads, making the greenhouse vastly more durable than current kits on the market. Triple-wall polycarbonate glazing on the roof adds insulation, while maintaining high light transmission, and can be rated for any wind or snow load.

Like the all of Ceres Greenhouses, the backyard greenhouse kits are designed to integrate with Ceres’ ‘self-heating’ technology – the Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT) system. The GAHT system stores passive solar heat from the greenhouse in the soil underground. This stored thermal energy – and the stable temperatures of the soil – provides renewable heating and cooling for the greenhouse year-round.

The prefabricated greenhouses are currently available in two sizes: 10’ x 12’ and 12’ x 24’. They can be shipped throughout the US and Canada. In addition to the efficient pre-fabricated greenhouse kits, Ceres will continue to provide custom greenhouse designs, and engineering and consulting services.

About Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions is an industry leader in energy-efficient, year-round growing environments. The company designs and builds naturally-heated, sustainable, year-round greenhouses for a wide range of markets, including back-yard gardeners, schools, small-scale farms and commercial cannabis operations.

Ceres also specializes in renewable heating and cooling systems. The company’s patent-pending Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT) system uses the thermal mass of the soil underground to provide year-round heating and cooling at a fraction of the cost of traditional climate control. This renewable resource allows greenhouses to grow year-round in harsh climates with minimal heating and cooling cost. More information is at ceresgs.com.

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