35 Years of experience with Retractable Roof Coverings, drive systems and structural designs
The difference between a retractable cooling house and a conventional greenhouse
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