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NextGen Greenhouse

The greenhouse features five individually controlled bays for precise environmental management, a clean lab, vertical grow room, horticulture laboratory, meeting room, office, and mechanical room with backup generator. Designed for energy efficiency, it maximizes solar gain with a south orientation, using high-performance materials such as a glass roof and polycarbonate walls in the growing bays. The headhouse is clad in Shou Sugi Ban charred cedar. The greenhouse also incorporates low-temperature, in-slab heating in the Head House and Growing Bays, with infrastructure in place for future activation. This allows research into efficient heating methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the main boiler plant is set up to eventually run on renewable natural gas.

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