Reports

RII provides cannabis HVAC and LED lighting best practices guides to the industry for free. We offer guidance for cultivators and their project teams to achieve profitable operations.

Our reports are peer-reviewed by governments, utilities, engineers, architects, and equipment manufacturers.

Best practices for cannabis HVAC and lighting systems do not have to be a mystery. Operating in the constantly evolving cultivation industry, it is hard to know who to trust. The horticultural market changes quickly, technology advances, and so do the technical terms describing everything. Navigating the purchasing process when planning a facility? Facing challenges when evaluating minimum performance requirements for equipment?

We are here to help. As a non-profit organization, RII establishes industry standards and facilitates best practices that drive resource efficiency. Our peer reviewed Best Practices Guides are a way of helping everyone understand high-performance technologies and how to use them to boost your bottom line.

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Energy Efficiency for Massachusetts Marijuana Cultivators

This guide supports Commonwealth cultivators and their businesses with objective recommendations on operating an energy-efficient cultivation facility and to help you make informed decisions that consider upfront costs, operating costs, available incentives and greenhouse gas emissions impacts. The guide is assembled by the non-profit organization Resource Innovation Institute, funded by the Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources and peer-reviewed by Massachusetts-based practitioners with experience designing, constructing and operating cannabis cultivation and other horticultural facilities with energy efficiency in mind.

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HVAC for Cannabis Cultivation & Controlled Environment Agriculture Best Practices Guide

Growers can now choose between a greater quantity and variety of sophisticated heating, cooling, ventilation and dehumidification options which are much more customizable, durable, and suitable for horticultural facilities than the options designed for human occupancy spaces sitting on the shelf at the box store. These systems are also better able to maintain optimal conditions for cultivation facilities, which is crucial for successful crops and achieving expected yields.

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Key HVAC Terms

Learn key terms related to heating, cooling, air conditioning, and dehumidification in cultivation facilities, their units of measurement and how they are used, why the terms are important to consider as a cultivator, and how the terms may be commonly misunderstood or misapplied. 

The key terms address the topical areas listed below:

  • Cultivation
  • Energy & Power
  • Environmental Conditions
  • General HVAC
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Construction
  • Cultivation Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
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LED Lighting for Cannabis Cultivation & Controlled Environment Agriculture Best Practices Guide

Demand for a variety of lighting solutions and cost compression in cannabis markets have also produced new attitudes about LED lighting, as growers consider operational energy and resource efficiency to become a cut above the rest. In some regions, standards and regulations for energy performance have emerged, and cultivators everywhere can benefit from understanding how LED lighting can be a tool for their facility’s compliance and operational success.

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Key Lighting Terms

Learn key terms related to horticultural lighting, their units of measurement and how they are used, why the terms are important to cultivators, and how the terms may be commonly misunderstood or misapplied. 

The key terms address the topical areas listed below:

  • Cultivation
  • Energy & Power
  • Horticultural Lighting
  • Cultivation Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
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Cultivating Cannabis with LED Lighting
A PRIMER: What You Need To Know

Learn about how LED lighting systems can reduce operating expenditures and how utility incentives can offset the higher first costs of efficient technology. Read the story of how growers can achieve more productive operations while avoiding common pitfalls.

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Members of RII receive complementary copies of our published Best Practices guides. Consider joining as a member to get the most value out of Resource Innovation Institute. Connect with industry stakeholders on the best practices for resource efficient cannabis cultivation today!