Surna is extremely thankful for Kenneth and all that his team of engineers do for our company and for our clients. With over 15-years of experience, he has built a career focused on environmental consistency and energy efficiency. He encourages cultivators to engage with experienced mechanical engineers early-on in the buildout process. We asked Kenneth to answer some questions and lend valuable insight into the construction of cultivation facilities.
Author: Brandy Keen
Effective HVACD coordination is a key component in minimizing frustrating and costly construction delays in cannabis facility buildouts. There are a number of considerations your MEP team address in all stages of the project, from pre-design planning, to commissioning and beyond, in order to provide a comprehensive HVACD coordination effort.
Without a proper HVACD system maintenance plan, your energy bill will increase, your equipment could fail, and your plants will suffer. Avoid these problems and keep your climate system in working order with the help of this guide.
Our recognition in the industry as the experts in cultivation climates means that we are often asked to diagnose performance failures in systems not of our design. When we audit these systems, we find there are common themes as to why they aren’t performing as expected. Let’s discuss the most common reasons we find for issues with HVACD system performance.
There are so many options for climate control in cultivation facilities, and it’s possible to implement an affordable, energy efficient system that meets your budget and lasts for decades – even in hot weather cultivation climates. Start by choosing a qualified, experienced mechanical engineer like Surna for your team to help evaluate those options and ensure that you stay on the path to profitability, even under the extreme conditions of the Arizona desert.
Equipment malfunctions, nuances of specific geographies, unexpected power limitations, cultivar inputs that need tweaking. These are just some examples of issues that may not be fully apparent until the facility is in operation, and anticipating the possibility ensures that you’ll be well prepared to address them.
Anyone who has ever built a cultivation facility can confirm that it’s a long and stressful process. And for those who haven’t? Hear us now: It’s a long and stressful process and it’s important to have realistic expectations about timelines during the pre-planning stages.
The truth is, there is a strong business case to be made for cultivating in controlled environments. And in the near future, as renewable energy options increase and climate change continues to impact weather patterns, there will be a strong sustainability case to be made as well.
Construction delays can be costly and frustrating. While it is impossible to see into the future and prevent everything that could conceivably go wrong when building out such a complex project such as a cannabis cultivation facility, there are several steps cultivators can take to minimize the risk of project delays and stay on schedule.
The obvious benefit to tiered applications is the ability to increase canopy square footage without additional building square footage. Although there are some drawbacks to multi-tier growing, there can also be great reward, and so we’re seeing more and more of our clients choose to go this route in their facilities.