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Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:03 PM

Dear Friends,

For both safety at work and for food safety reasons I would like to replace the glass pieces of our glass-greenhouses by another more safe material.
I've found in the literature that PC (polycarbonate) sheets are a good alternative.
Does anyone in the forum have similar experience with greenhouses?
Any ideas, links, practical solutions etc. are welcome.

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Edited by Yannisg, 26 January 2011 - 04:04 PM.


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Posted 01 February 2011 - 08:31 PM

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 02:04 AM

Dear Friends,

For both safety at work and for food safety reasons I would like to replace the glass pieces of our glass-greenhouses by another more safe material.
I've found in the literature that PC (polycarbonate) sheets are a good alternative.
Does anyone in the forum have similar experience with greenhouses?
Any ideas, links, practical solutions etc. are welcome.

Rgds

Yannis



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Posted 02 February 2011 - 02:29 AM

Not that familiar, but it would seem PC, Lexan, or any of the other clear acrylate-type materials would be potential alternatives. However, you will need to evaluate alternatives with regards to withstanding the rigors of your environment - temperature, sun exposure, humidity, etc. Building materials supplier should be able to provide info.

I did a search on 'greenhouse glass alternatives' and lots of sites pulled up.

One thing to consider is that you may need to conduct a risk assessment to determine if the alternatives pose same/less/more food & employee safety risks. Many glass alternatives are just as brittle as glass, or may become so over time. Some BRC auditors expect that 'glass' addressed in a plant include, glass, hard/brittle plastics, and ceramics.





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