Capabilities: Integrated and Automated Systems
Greenhouse Environmental Control Systems Design
There’s more to your cultivation facility than just the structure itself; controlling the growing envoptimized to work together harmoniously for the highest lmanagement to prevent the growth of mold and mildewevel of control and efficiencyironment is of the utmost importance beyond your facility’s structural integrity and safety. Our greenhouse designers and engineers work together with you to develop functional layouts and integration plans.
Systems integration is the cornerstone of our work, that’s why we design, build, and recommend automated greenhouse systems optimized to work together harmoniously for the highest level of control and efficiency. Your greenhouse facility works more efficiently and profitably when all your systems are operating in sync. That’s why we include all automated systems and environmental controls are part of the initial greenhouse or indoor grow design.
Automated greenhouse environmental controls will show you a very tangible return-on-investment because they allow you to cut energy costs while getting the highest return from your crops year-round.
An environmental controller ensures all your greenhouse or indoor grow equipment is integrated and all systems are in seamless communication. Sensors mounted throughout the facility will relay feedback on a variety of measurements such as temperature and humidity so the environmental controller can operate the corresponding equipment at desired levels. Power distribution panels can be provided to complete your entire electrical scope.
Light deprivation is integral for crops that thrive with regulated photoperiod requirements. Primarily used in commercial cannabis greenhouse cultivation, light deprivation can increase crop production by speeding up the rate at which plants bud, allowing you to achieve harvest sooner.A secondary benefit of automated commercial light deprivation greenhouse systems is the elimination of light pollution, often required for cannabis greenhouse operations.
Our irrigation systems are designed by our in-house engineers based on your specific criteria. Automated water systems are essential to your operation because manual systems are unable to provide consistency and homogeneity, whereas automated greenhouse systems deliver uniformity and flexibility while reducing water and labor costs. Depending on the water management system selected, multiple zones can be irrigated with one boom, allowing the grower to effectively grow multiple crops in one greenhouse.
Heating and Cooling
The most cost-effective way to heat a greenhouse or indoor grow facility is through overhead unit heaters. With adequate air circulation these units can be scaled to provide the required BTUs. Hydronic heat cuts down on hot and cold spots by radiating throughout the entire zone. The piping can be run overhead, under the bench or embedded in the floor. Fan/pad cooling uses exhaust fans to pull outside air through the greenhouse at over one air exchange per minute. If additional cooling is needed, an evaporative wet pad can be activated which is operationally efficient and less capital intensive. HVAC systems using chillers and mechanical cooling designed by our engineering team is an option for sealed greenhouses.
A priority for cannabis cultivation facilities is humidity management to prevent the growth of mold and mildew using commercial greenhouse humidifier. When outdoor conditions are too hot and humid, specialized mechanical cooling may be used. Chilled water and hydronic reheat systems circulate water through a closed-loop piping system. Fans draw warm, humid air from the environment across chilled water coils for dehumidification. Then, hot water coils are used to recondition the dry air to the desired temperature. Fan coils are placed in accordance with the facility layout to ensure homogenized air throughout the growing environment.
Our systems are designed to provide the level of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) to obtain the daily light integral (DLI) for your plants. A lighting plan is created based on the mounting style, light levels, and uniformity. By analyzing the size of the grow space, we can create a balanced and economical lighting solution to grow healthy plants with consistent yields.