Two years ago, there was a boom in the number of states that have approved the medical or recreational use of cannabis in the US. Facilities were being built to meet the demands all over the country. Back then, there were still some holdovers that didn’t want to have anything to do with cannabis. Now, you can build a cultivation facility in many states with the assistance of MEP Engineering.
Before we go to the considerations when building a cannabis cultivation facility, here is some present-day information, about the industry:
- The market is expected to balloon to $40 billion by the end of the decade.
- Indoor cultivation is a favorable strategy and this makes urban locations a more practical alternative.
A Brand-New Facility or a Renovated Building
Is it going to be a remodeled structure for the purpose of growing marijuana, or are you building the structure from the ground up? They both have their advantages and minuses. Naturally, a new building is the best. Nothing beats a structure that’s custom-fit for such an operation. It can eventually save you money on insulation control in the long run. The biggest drawback would be the money you’ll have to invest in it.
A repurposed building, on the other hand, is feasible because it costs less to do a makeover if you find one that’s big enough for the purpose—as for the downside, remodeling an existing structure does not guarantee efficient insulation which is vital for the growth of excellent cannabis. With air leakages, operating costs can add up and your marijuana yield can suffer. Consult with the experts on MEP design services.
A Reliable HVAC
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning can never be stressed enough as they are primary factors to consider. A facility for the purpose of growing cannabis needs a controlled environment around-the-clock. Without these consistent indoor conditions, dependable production output cannot be achieved. A cannabis grower may get weak plant quality and inferior harvest. In such instances, you can bid profitability and repeat customers goodbye.
First-Rate Lighting and Optimal Irrigation
The effective regulation of humidity and temperature aren’t the only things that are taken into consideration in the cultivation of marijuana. There’s also the light distribution that gives photosynthetically active radiation or PAR that’s best described as the light needed for photosynthesis. For this, HPS (high-pressure sodium), a type of lighting system with wavelengths that create an effect of daylight, and LED lamps that provide the right amount of illumination per square meter are needed to promote growth and flowering in long-day plants. (such as cannabis)
Alongside the light requirement of such a facility is the irrigation system that an indoor plantation can’t be without. To come up with the best bud, your plants need a system that provides the right amount of water, minerals, and TLC. Use a reliable irrigation set-up with a flow rate that will not starve them or, worse, flood and kill them. Adequate light and water are essential and should be guaranteed.
Boom or Bust
The die is cast on cannabis cultivation for medical or recreational use. It’s definitely on the rise with no sign of a downturn. If you already have a site for your facility and would like to get started on building it, whether as a ground-up construction or a renovation, you need to reach out to those with the know-how on getting it done. Source2Load has MEP Engineering experts that can get the guidance and advice you need.
Talk to the experts who can build your indoor marijuana facility and fully understand the legal ramifications that go with it. For your mechanical engineering, electrical planning, and plumbing for such a place, reach out to Source2Load Engineering and Consulting. You can visit our website or you can call us at 713-497-5114 for more information.