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North Greenhouse wall: Glazing or Insulated

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    Default North Greenhouse wall: Glazing or Insulated

    I am still waiting on clearance for my greenhouse and have been searching for ways to increase energy efficiency without sacrificing growing quality or space. I have read of someone who (like me) has a North wall that is 8' tall. She has velcro attached to her glazing and places 4' X 8' reflective foam insulation on it during the cold months. Providing I don't have to move 300 plants to do this, it seems like a worthwhile proposal. I am wondering if anyone else has done this or knows of anyone who has done this. I was also wondering if there is even enough light entering the North side to make it worthwhile at any time of year to have glazing? Anyone who has thoughts or insight to this is greatly appreciated.

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    there's no light on the north side. mine is made with extruded polystyrene (10cm width)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bechinolina View Post
    there's no light on the north side. mine is made with extruded polystyrene (10cm width)
    Thank you for your input. I am really leaning in the direction of doing it the way you did. Do you have something on the outside or is it just the polystyrene? Also, are you in northern United States?

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    i live in north of france (cooler monthes are around 5-10° below zero. polystyrene car be used alone or in addition to wood or plastic, in or outside.

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    That is nearly identical to our lows here in Pennsylvania. Thank you so much for your insight.

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    Insulate the daylights out of it, Wade.

    I will add that you would do much better with a bright white color on the inside, not reflective silver. Silver is like a hazy mirror - the reflected angle is equal to the incident angle, with very little dispersion. If the light is coming in at a 45° angle, the vast majority of it will be reflected in a straight line 45° away. If there are plants there, they will get the light; if not nothing will. White, on the other hand, will take any incident light and scatter it uniformly, where it can reach all of the plants.

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    Thank you very much, Ray. Your guidance in many things greenhouse related will be instrumental in achieving my goal with this greenhouse.

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