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Options for managing rain when selecting a retractable roof house

Cravo retractable roof houses have survived all 16 hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons

The 10 Steps to create a "Retractable Roof Production System" based on your Climate and Crop Requirements

Step 1: Decide if stationary or retractable insect net is required under the retractable roof

Step 2: Choose the house model

A-Frame, Rafter, X-Frame or Flat Roof

Step 3: Decide whether one retractable roof layer is sufficient or if two retractable layers are justified to provide optimum control during summer and winter.

Step 4: Decide how to ventilate a peaked roof house during rain conditions

Step 5: Guidelines for creating the layout for the retractable roof house or automatic retractable field /orchard cover

Step 6: Decide if additional climate control is required:

a. High pressure fog or low pressure mist
b. Retractable interior curtain systems for cooling, heat retention, insect control or blackout
c. Bird net
d. Supplemental heat or light

Step 7: Choose the wall design for each of the 4 walls

a. Choose wall covering: Stationary insect net, white cooling covering or clear greenhouse covering
b. Is white or clear wall covering going to be stationary or installed on a motorized roll up curtain?
c. Will insect net be installed over the roll up curtain opening?
d. Will roll up curtain extend down to the ground or to a kneewall?

Step 8: Decide if crops will be grown in soil or in containers

Step 9: Determine the optimal plant density

Step 10: Decide if the climate control computer that will automate control of the roof,

walls and misting sytem will also control internal growing systems like

irrigation, fertigation and heat

10 Steps to Designing Your Retractable Roof Production System


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