RII’s HVAC Best Practices Guide Demystifies Approaches to Efficient HVAC for Cannabis

Get Help with Controlled Environment Agriculture Dehumidification System Selection

It can be difficult for growers and the design and construction professionals supporting them to navigate how to build and operate efficient and effective heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. You may not know how to select a controlled environment agriculture dehumidification system. You and your project team may be unsure where to turn for trustworthy guidance on the technical aspects applicable to your facilities and needs.

Resource Innovation Institute is the first organization to put forward third-party and peer reviewed guidance for cultivators and their construction partners. We document best practices with brand-agnostic recommendations gathered from a pool of subject matter experts across the industry. Our membership represents dozens of growers, manufacturers, engineers, and professional service providers. 

In our guide HVAC for Cannabis Cultivation and Controlled Environment Agriculture, we define common terms and explain them so your team is on the same page. We provide enough detail so that you can communicate effectively with one another. Inform yourself so you can address energy and resource efficiency in your controlled growing environments.

What You Will Learn

In the guide, you will learn how to speak the horticultural HVAC language and assemble an effective design and construction team. You will be able to review manufacturer’s literature, understand crucial considerations when selecting HVAC equipment, and install and operate successful HVAC solutions in alignment with your business model.

With energy representing 30 to 60% of the operational expense of indoor facilities, and capital expenditures for many cultivation operations in the six to seven figures, variability in energy efficiency represents profit potential. Various types of business costs never go down, so energy costs, as well as increased product yield and quality, drive profitability. 

What You Can Save

Sub-optimal performance of HVAC systems hurts your competitive advantage. Optimizing HVAC systems can reduce energy use and operating costs, while also leading to a better product. For example, a traditional HVAC and lighting system approach could make up 45% of your operational costs, but a high performance HVAC and lighting system evaluated during design could reduce operating costs to 30%. A centralized controlled environment agriculture dehumidification system can substantially reduce operating costs year over year. LED lighting systems can likewise cut electricity bills.

While you may understand the need for HVAC efficiency in your facility, you might be unfamiliar with some root causes of HVAC issues. You may be experiencing challenges when rectifying them in your cultivation spaces. Let RII and our Technical Advisory Council provide recommendations to assist you with achieving the optimal outcomes for your plants, your facility and its equipment, and your energy bills. Download and read HVAC for Cannabis Cultivation and Controlled Environment Agriculture here.