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5 Tips to Optimize Your HVAC’s Efficiency

Controlled Environment Agriculture presents specific challenges due to the need for precise temperature and humidity control throughout various growth stages. For facility operators, the goal is to create a consistent environment that maximizes plant health, yield, and potency, all while maintaining low production costs. In both indoor and sealed greenhouse environments, proper dehumidification is critical…
September 14, 2023

Optimize Your CEA Lighting: 5 Tips

Whether cultivating leafy greens, succulent fruits, or vibrant cannabis flowers, understanding how to optimize a CEA lighting setup can make all the difference in achieving remarkable yields and superior crop quality. As we write in our Lighting Best Practices Guide, " is crucial to maximize your return on investment for horticultural lighting systems, as this…
September 8, 2023

Wasted Water is Wasted Dollars

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is intimately connected to the responsible management of our most valuable resource: water. CEA enables us to cultivate crops efficiently regardless of external factors such as weather and location. However, this advancement comes at a cost, with water usage playing a pivotal role in the equation. Water scarcity often is a…
August 21, 2023

CEA Water Savings Potential Now Validated

By Rob Eddy and Carmen Azzaretti With our latest USDA-sponsored Benchmarking Report, created in partnership with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Resource Innovation Institute has brought forward validated energy and resource use data from active CEA facilities. The "CEA Energy & Water Benchmarking Report: Establishing Preliminary Benchmarks for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)…
August 15, 2023

Lighten the Load: Optimizing Your CEA Cultivation Conditions to Improve HVAC-D Use

Working with living organisms requires a careful balance of resource efficiency and crop quality, yet controlled environment agriculture (CEA) companies are under constant pressure to reduce resource use, minimize carbon footprints, and taper costs. By optimizing the environmental parameters within CEA facilities, indoor farm operators have the opportunity to significantly reduce the burden on HVAC-D…
July 27, 2023

Reduce Light Spillage with Efficient Facility Design

Increasingly, controlled environment agriculture (CEA) operators are investing in high-efficiency technologies, including LED lighting, to control costs and remain competitive in the marketplace, as they know all too well that energy expenses are only outpaced by labor in their operational costs. But those technological efficiencies can be negated if they are not properly implemented. For…
June 22, 2023

Shining a Light on Efficiency and Productivity Metrics for CEA Lighting

Shining a Light on Efficiency and Productivity Metrics for CEA Lighting High-intensity lighting plays a critical role in promoting plant growth and achieving optimal yields. However, selecting the right lighting system for your CEA facility can be challenging, as there are many different light quality, intensity, and efficiency metrics to consider. Photosynthetically active radiation (PAR),…
May 8, 2023

How to Build Your Controlled Environment Agriculture Facility Design Team

Directed by ownership, architects, contractors, engineers and consultants combine to form a facility design dream team. Once an entity decides to construct a new leafy green-producing greenhouse, or renovate an indoor cannabis cultivation operation, they are embarking on a controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) venture that will involve core team members and dozens of specialists over several…
March 16, 2023

4 Top Considerations When Selecting a Greenhouse Covering

Operators must carefully balance material cost, longevity, insulation and light transmission rates to ensure a profitable and efficient controlled-environment agriculture operation. Image provided by Ceres Greenhouse Solutions Greenhouse operators have more information–and more to consider–than ever when installing new coverings. From materials and light transmission to insulation and shading needs, running a profitable and efficient…
February 21, 2023

Why Indoor CEA Operators Should Consider a Retrocommissioning Study

Reduced energy consumption, increased performance, and utility rebates are incentives   Conducting a retrocommissioning study on a controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facility is a multi-stakeholder endeavor involving everyone from ownership and facility operators to architects, engineers and equipment suppliers. Together with a retrocommissioning agent, indoor farmers and their team set out to identify operational inefficiencies,…
November 29, 2022
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Resource Innovation Institute seeks subject matter experts to advise on USDA funded best practices guidance for CEA producers

Portland, Ore. (September 22, 2021)--Resource Innovation Institute (RII), is currently recruiting for the following Technical Advisory Council working groups to support our USDA project titled Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). RII is a non-profit organization whose mission is to measure, verify and celebrate the world’s most efficient agricultural ideas. RII’s…
September 30, 2021

RII Recruiting Next Round of CEA Producers for USDA Project

Resource Innovation Institute is seeking the participation of eligible producers for its USDA Conservation Innovation grant-funded project: Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture.  The producers will be representing a wide range of facility types, geographic locations, cultivation methods and crops.  The next round of producers will join leaders such as AppHarvest (KY),…
September 10, 2021