Greenconceptors has worked together with many zoo architects and zoo product suppliers which means that we have knowledge on how to add greenery and glasshouse constructions to your zoo.
Zoo plants supply
We can tell you which plants are suitable for a specific indoor or outdoor animal habitat. We can help you design in detail the best plant for the right place and of course what products you could use to get the right result. Animal welfare is of course the most import subject that we are taking care of during the development of your plan.
Botanical glasshouse and Greenhouse design:
When considering the functionality of your new Zoo or botanical glasshouse, it is important to ensure that the structure performs accordingly and that its implementation can eventually exceed expectations. What considerations need to be made and what you have to think about prior to the building? As with anything in life, thorough preparation is half the battle won. The time put into the preliminary phase of building your greenhouse is a great investment in its future use. Botanical glasshouses have an increasingly public function and there is a demand for them to be attractive for different types of visitors. It is very important that you begin by listing the expectations your animals and visitors have of your glasshouse.
Consider the function, animal welfare, shape, look and feel, climate requirements, routing and other necessary facilities. What outcome do you want from your glasshouse and as such, what features does it require?
Think about your current requirements in relation to your potential future requirements. In addition to being able to provide an ideal climate for your flora and animals but also visitors welfare. Botanical glasshouses are all about interactivity and the complete experience. These all influence the choice of light, temperature, installations and other features etc. and have an impact on the overall outcome and success of the glasshouse.
Is your glasshouse geared towards a natural experience for the general public that will visit your Zoo? Are your different temperature zones well defined?
Once you have defined the required functions for your botanical glasshouse, you can begin to consider your specific light requirements. A desert garden will need more light than a restaurant for example, where controlled light is key.
Different temperature zones and thus installations and routing can be ideally aligned. Hence, an innovative division of temperatures within your glasshouse will ultimately mean higher energy savings and overall optimization of your glasshouse performance. The GreenConceptors are together with our partners able in giving you the best price quality solution so together we can develop a Masterplan that will be helpful during the total development of your Zoo and botanical garden.
Botanical zoos have a different aspect to them, namely good care for plants, humans and most importantly animals! Not all animals have the same amount of ultraviolet needs. Butterflies for example use ultraviolet for coordination. They dance, as it were, in the air in a specific rhythm at a certain height. When the roofing of a butterfly garden is built too low, butterflies cannot dance to that specific rhythm at that height anymore. This causes butterflies to move less or even to just sit against the roofing. Another important issue is the ventilation windows. It is not desirable that butterflies or birds get stuck in the construction, the use of netting is therefore often necessary. But what type of netting do you use? All kind of questions that we are able to answer due to our knowledge in botanical glasshouse design. If you want to design a jungle or dry-land landscape, we are able to help.
Besides netting there are a variety of other methods to keep insects and small winged insects inside, for example placing ‘Harmonica’ systems between the windows. These systems use thin gauze which unfolds whenever the windows are opened for ventilation. This advanced system was developed for keeping in bumble-bees that pollinate flowers in greenhouses. We can implement these systems during the development of botanical zoo greenhouses.
Reptiles need a lot of ultraviolet light to keep their shells in good condition. A material that lets this light through is ETFE foil. This material can be installed in different cushions and layers by which a optimal climate is created in the greenhouse with as much light as possible.
The right material to choose
Glass, ETFE foil, Polycarbonate all materials can be used in various forms, for example cushions of ETFE foil, which allows constructions to me made in many different beautiful shapes can be used. The ETFE cushions also insulate the construction.
The designs of ETFE buildings often have unique shapes. ETFE constructions are more flexible than standard greenhouses but are often harder to ventilate. The climate control of a standard greenhouse construction is in many cases already optimal due to years of development in greenhouse cultivation. The huge amount of windows makes sure there is a large natural ventilation capacity available.
But what material is the best to choose? Curious about the pros and cons? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you have any questions please contact us to see if we can help you with finding the right solution for your project. Call us at +316 487 681 46.