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Engineering Greatness: Meet Kenneth Loshelder, PE

Posted by Brandy Keen on March 31, 2021 8:30 am
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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.

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HVACD MEP Coordination for Cannabis Cultivation

Posted by Brandy Keen on February 23, 2021 4:32 pm
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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.

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What Causes Construction Delays for Cannabis Facilities?

Posted by Brandy Keen on February 2, 2021 8:00 am
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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.

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Grow Room HVACD Maintenance Plans: Getting the Most Out of Your Investment

Posted by Brandy Keen on January 13, 2021 3:56 pm
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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.

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5 Reasons Why Your HVACD System Isn’t Performing

Posted by Brandy Keen on January 6, 2021 8:00 am
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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.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis climate control

Hot Weather Growing – Cannabis Cultivation in Extreme Climates

Posted by Brandy Keen on December 16, 2020 8:00 am
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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.

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Optimizing a Cultivation Facility: What to Expect and Why You Should Prepare

Posted by Brandy Keen on November 17, 2020 3:28 pm
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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.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis best practices, cannabis climate control, cannabis construction

Patience and the Art of Building Cultivation Facilities

Posted by Brandy Keen on November 11, 2020 8:00 am
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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.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis best practices, cannabis construction, Design-build, facility design, grow room design

The Argument for Indoor or Sealed Greenhouse Cultivation

Posted by Brandy Keen on October 27, 2020 1:09 pm
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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.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis business, cannabis climate control, cannabis cultivation, cannabis cultvation, cannabis growing, cannabis industry, climate, climate control, cultivation, cultivation technology, Efficient design, energy efficiency, environment, environmental control, greenhouse, grow room design, growing, growing cannabis, growing indoors, Hybrid building, indoor, indoor agriculture, indoor climate control, indoor cultivation, indoor growing, marijuana cultivation, sealed grow room, Surna, sustainability, water conservation

Challenges with Airflow Strategies in Vertical Applications

Posted by Brandy Keen on October 13, 2020 1:10 pm
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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.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis construction, cannabis cultivation, cannabis engineering, cannabis growing, cannabis hvac, cannabis industry, cannabis technology, climate, cultivation, cultivation equipment, cultivation technology, Efficient design, engineering for cannabis, environmental control, grow room design, HVAC, indoor climate control, MEP engineering and design, Racking airflow, Surna, technology, Tiered growing

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