Greenhouse Construction

School Year:

2008 –2009

H.S. Credits:1
School Name: Greenup County ATCProgram:


KY Tech Course Name:Greenhouse ConstructionTeacher:

Justin Suttles

 KCTCS           Course Number(s)                  KCTCS Course Name(s)                                  College Credits

HRT 140                                  Greenhouse Construction                                         3

HRT 141                                  Greenhouse Construction Lab                                          0



 Course DescriptionThis course focuses on building a greenhouse. Topics include cost determination, site selection, and construction techniques. Skills to be developed include the calculation of the size of heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. Students also calculate profit/loss for various crops. Methods of storing, grading, and marketing various greenhouse crops are identified.  Materials Used

A variety of materials will be used to facilitate learning. The main text for this class will be Greenhouse Production. We will also be using information from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and any other resource the instructor feels necessary.

 Objectives/Task List
1Determine site selection and orientation
2Identify proper types of structures
3Determine the cost of building a greenhouse
4Identify major areas of heat loss from a greenhouse
5Select proper types of fuels
6Select appropriate type and size of heating systems
7Select appropriate type and size of cooling systems
8Apply and remove shading materials to a greenhouse
9Identify, install, and repair appropriate commerical coverings
10Select appropriate type and size of ventilating systems
11Select watering systems
12Determine bench layout
13Figure profits and losses for a greenhouse crop
14Repair and clean greenhouse
  • Students will be graded according their performance in class/lab via written tests, performance tests, and hands on projects.
  • The grading scale is as follows:

90% to 100%               A

80% to 89%                 B

70% to 79%                 C

60% to 69%                 D

Below 60%                 F

*Courses with grades of less than a “C” will not count toward a certificate or be eligible for dual credit.

 Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests
  • It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor to make arrangements to makeup work/tests.
  • Students shall be granted the number of days missed plus one (1) to make up any worked missed for an excused absence.
  Attendance Policy/Withdrawal PolicyThere is a lot of information to be presented.  Students are expected to attend and be punctual.  In the event the student misses all or part of a class he or she will be expected to make up that days assignment. Withdrawals from class will be handled by the High School. Unless I am notified by the High School, you are still enrolled, and responsible for your assignments. Supplies    1.   Please bring pencils/pens and paper to class.  There will be written assignments and tests given.  You need to be prepared.     2.   You will also need to bring a pair of quality safety glasses.  Without the proper eye protection, you will not be able to work in the lab.  This is an absolute.  No exceptions will be allowed. Class expectations/Rules    1.   Enter room quietly.    2.   Do not bring pop or snacks into classroom.    3.   Wear proper clothing and safety equipment.    4.   Obey all safety rules and regulations.    5.   Obey all high school rules and policies.    6.   Do not cheat, plagiarize or assist another in cheating.    7.   No horseplay    8.   Make sure the shop/lab is cleaned and tools are put away before leaving.  If we can’t find the tools, we can’t work in the shop.  If the shop is cluttered, we cannot work there safely.    9.   Watch your language!  You cannot use foul and offensive language in the workplace; therefore, you cannot use it here!  10.   Keep your Safety Glasses on while working in the Lab!  Keep them on and wear them properly!11.   Be courteous to teachers and fellow students.12.   No tobacco products in shop, classroom, greenhouse. 13.   No use of electronic devises, this includes but is not limited to cell phones, ipods, and mg3 players. 14.   No going in or out the back door of the shop. That door is for emergency use only.   Course Outline
  • The outline of the course is at the discretion of the instructor. Typically the course will begin with training on safety. All students must pass each safety test with a score of 100%. After completing the unit on safety, instruction will follow the course objectives/task list as mentioned previously.

    1. Safety in Horticulture
    2. Overview of the Greenhouse Industry
    3. Types of Greenhouse Structures
    4. Greenhouse Climate Control
    5. Tools Used in Greenhouses