RII’s HVAC Best Practices Guide Demystifies Approaches to Efficient Cooling and Dehumidification


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) and dehumidification systems for cultivation applications. You and your project team may be unsure where to turn for trustworthy guidance on the technical aspects applicable to their 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 by documenting best practices with brand-agnostic recommendations gathered from a pool of subject matter experts across the industry representing dozens of growers, manufacturers, engineers, and professional service providers. 

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

In the guide, you will learn how to speak the horticultural HVAC language, assemble an effective design and construction team, 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. 

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%.

While you may understand the need for HVAC efficiency in your facility, you might be unfamiliar with some root causes of HVAC issues and 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.