A Structural Analysis and Evaluation of Some Existing Greenhouses for Ornamental Crops in Selected Areas in the Philippines
Marloe B. Sundo1, Moises A. Dorado2, and Ariel U. Glorioso3
Structural integrity is very critical in constructing protective greenhouses. This study aimed to evaluate the structural integrity of several greenhouses in some selected areas vis-à-vis the existing National Structural Code of the Philippines. A total of 25 existing greenhouse structures in the CALABARZON, CAR, and NCR were documented. Twenty-two out of 25 greenhouses were structurally analyzed and evaluated. Results revealed that majority of the greenhouse structures did not adhere to the existing structural design standards in the country.
Keywords: greenhouse structures, structural assessment, structural integrity and serviceability, stress ratio, compliance to standards
1Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT), UPLB, College, Laguna, Philippines; 2Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Farm Structures Division, Institute of Agricultural Engineering, CEAT, UPLB, College, Laguna, Philippines; 3Instructor, Department of Engineering Science, CEAT, UPLB, College, Laguna, Philippines.