The Surface Area of a Greenhouse (gabled roof) calculator computes the exterior surface area of a greenhouse based on simple measurements. Gabled Roof Structure
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:
Greenhouse Surface Area (SA): The calculator returns the surface area in square feet. However this can be automatically converted into other area units via the pull-down menu.
The surface area calculation is a simple computation using the sum of the surface area components:
Note: The formula above is accurate whether the greenhouse has even gables (isosceles triangle) or uneven gables as in the second diagram. Both gable areas are triangles with a surface area of base times height. In the latter case, the base is the sum of the two widths (W = W1 + W2)
A greenhouse, aka a glasshouse or a hothouse, is a building or complex in which plants are grown. A miniature greenhouse is known as a cold frame. Related to a greenhouse is a high-tunnel which is a greenhouse build over soil directly.
Greenhouse structures range in size from small sheds to industrial-sized buildings with different types of covering materials, such as a glass or plastic roof and frequently glass or plastic walls. A Greenhouse is designed to warm as incoming sunshine is absorbed inside the structure. Air warmed by the heat from warmed interior surfaces is retained in the building by the roof and walls. By using non-porous materials such as glass or plastic, the air that is warmed near the ground is prevented from rising indefinitely and flowing away.
Commercial glass greenhouses are often high-tech production facilities for vegetables or flowers. The glass greenhouses are filled with equipment like screening installations, heating, cooling, lighting and airflow systems and also may be automatically controlled by a computer to maximize potential growth.
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