Geodesic Dome Greenhouse Kits – Technology Improvements
Growing Spaces® is an innovative, sustainable greenhouse manufacturer. We value excellence and continue to develop any and all aspects of the geodesic Growing Dome® kit and its accessories. This makes the Growing Dome one of the premier greenhouse kits on the market today.
We have made numerous improvements to to our geodesic greenhouses over the 25 years we’ve been in business. These advancements have increased the longevity, efficiency, ease of use, and look of our Growing Dome design. Some of these upgrades are included in the Growing Dome greenhouse kit, and some have an upgrade fee. The Growing Dome greenhouse has stood its ground for 25 years!
Windy Weather Package Now a Standard Feature (released 2019)
The windy weather package was available for the 26′ Growing Dome and smaller. The package included stronger bayliss openers, and for some sizes, gigavent openers. This package upgraded univents and/or bayliss vent openers, depending on the size. This package is now a standard feature and comes with every Growing Dome kit that has automatic opening vents.
Solar Attic Fan (released 2018)
The new solar attic fan has replaced the top vents on both the 33′ & 42′ Growing Dome. It is also available as an upgrade on the 26′ Growing Dome. The fan is rated to move 1,750 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM).
New Door for Most Dome Sizes (released 2018)
Growing Spaces has upgraded the door on the 18′, 26′, 33′, and 42′ Growing Dome kits. It is a pre-hung 36″ x 80″, steel door with wood door jambs. The 15′ and 22′ Growing Dome still use the original 32″ x 72″ insulated fiberglass trailer door with aluminum framing.
New Solar Waterfall Pump (released 2018)
The original solar waterfall pump, made by Rule, is designed to be used in emergency situations for boats. This pump is not designed to run continuously, year after year. We have sourced a new waterfall pump that is designed to run continuously in indoor/outdoor pond applications and comes with a 3 year limited warranty.
Drip Edge Flashing Now a Standard Feature (released 2018)
The Drip Edge Flashing protects the wood on the inside of the top of your foundation wall from moisture and long-term degradation. The drip edge is an essential component to prolong the life of the foundation wall, which is why it is now a standard feature.
Metal Glazing Strip Upgrade No Longer Available (released 2017)
Originally released in 2008, the custom designed aluminum trim strips were available for applying to the outside seams of the Growing Dome® and eliminated the need to re-tape your greenhouse. This upgrade has not proven to be cost effective nor provide the outcome we desired, therefore failing to meet our standards. Growing Spaces has determined that the strips need to be further tested and will undergo a research and development phase to improve the design.
Redwood Bottom Plate Discontinued (released 2017)
Building departments and codes require pressure treated bottom plates for all buildings and structures. The redwood bottom plate was provided as an alternative to the Pro-Wood, but it does not last nearly as long, especially in humid environments and locations with termites. Pro-Wood is an alternative to standard pressure treated lumber and meets building code requirements. Read more about the Pro-Wood bottom plate.
Standard Shade Cloth Replaced with Aluminet Shade Cloth (released 2017)
The standard 50% black shade cloth mounded on the exterior of the Growing Dome. Growing Spaces has discontinued the use of this shade cloth and replaced it with the 50% aluminet shade cloth, which mounts on the interior of the Growing Dome. This shade cloth is easier to set-up, take down, and it has a longer lifespan.
Cost Effective Twin-Wall Polycarbonate Glazing Returns (released 2013)
In early 2012, we adopted the multi-wall greenhouse polycarbonate glazing as our main solar greenhouse covering because this option is what the majority of our customers were purchasing. What happened was our twin-wall polycarbonate glazing became close to invisible to the buyer, and customers in more mild climates or on a tighter budget were missing this valuable product. We brought the twin-wall polycarbonate glazing back to the fore in the fall of 2013 to offer more pricing options for our customers. Learn more about pricing of twin-wall versus multi-wall polycarbonate glazing.
Stronger Greenhouse Vent Openers (released 2013)
For years we have used the ultra-strong Bayliss Hydraulicheck solar greenhouse vent openers on our larger vents to help protect against wind damage, and we’ve found these custom-made openers to be far superior than what was available at the time. For especially windy areas and the vents on our largest two geodesic Growing Dome sizes we would place two Bayliss vent openers on each vent, and we found this to be a helpful option for many customers. Then we discovered a new product called the Gigavent Opener, that does the same work as two Bayliss openers, plus it opens the vents wider which allows for better airflow and cooling in the summer. Read more about Greenhouse Vent Openers.
Snowshed Entryway Saves on Shoveling and Protects Your Head (released 2013)
We are the first geodesic greenhouse kit manufacturer to develop and offer the snowshed entryway. With the improved snowshed entryway, the snow that slides off the top of the Growing Dome is redirected out and away from the front of the greenhouse door eliminating the problem of a large pile of snow in front of your door. This roof also protects you from the danger of falling snow and ice as you come in and out of your solar greenhouse. Read more about our Greenhouse Door Snowshed Entryway
Safer Pro-Wood Bottom Plate (released 2013)
All Growing Spaces Growing Dome greenhouse kits come standard with a Pro-Wood treated Bottom Plate. Pro-wood is a much safer alternative to traditional pressure treated lumber and meets new building code standards. Here is more information from the manufacturer of Pro-Wood:
“Clean, odorless, non-staining and non-irritating, ProWood MCA (micronized copper azole) treated lumber is safe for humans, animals and the environment. The process we use to treat has gained Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) status as certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party certification services and standards development company. The preservative in ProWood MCA treated lumber has earned NAHB’s Green Approved Product certification (pdf – 633 KB) and the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification.” http://www.prowoodlumber.com/learn-about-prowood/our-treating-chemicals/mca.aspx
Durable Smart Siding for the Foundation Wall (released 2012)
The 24″ foundation wall of our Growing Dome green houses are now all covered with Smart Siding. This superior product doesn’t chip or scratch. It is easier to drill than the HardiePanel cement board siding we used previously that required a special masonry bit. Smart Siding also helps protect against fungal decay and termites.
New Weather Packages (released 2012)
For years we interviewed hundreds of customers extensively to determine the weather conditions at their specific location and suggest which greenhouse vent openers, solar cooling fan options, and other add-ons were the best. After installing these options we tracked closely the performance of each add-on. Twenty-three years of experience doing this culminated in this year’s release of “Weather Packages”. Now with a few simple questions we can choose a package containing a prescribed number of solar greenhouse vent openers, solar cooling fans, etc. to match a given location. Learn more about Weather Packages by reading more on the details pages of each given size of Growing Dome greenhouse.
Eco-Friendly Lifetime Wood Treatment (released 2010)
Now, eco-friendly Lifetime Wood Treatment is used to treat the struts of our geodesic Growing Dome greenhouse kits. With Lifetime Wood Treatment, only one application is needed, ever! This treatment is completely safe, harmless, and contains no solvents or VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Lifetime Wood Treatement is 100% water based, 100% non toxic, and non-flammable! Read more on the manufacturer’s website: http://www.valhalco.com/index.php
Multi-Wall and Twin-Wall Polycarbonate Options
Our Growing Dome solar greenhouse polycarbonate glazing is made in the USA! The multi-wall (16mm) polycarbonate glazing is standard and replaces the triple-wall and multi-wall polycarbonate glazing we offered in years past. Light transmission in to our geodesic greenhouses is diffused by the polycarbonate glazing and allows about 62% light transmission which people and plants love. For those that live in milder climates (hardiness zones 8b and higher) or for those whom price is a concern, we also offer a twin-wall (8mm) polycarbonate glazing. This has a 81% light transmission.