Cannabis facility lighting, HVAC equipment, and water management: Navigating the complexities of critical building systems

Industrial production of cannabis requires energy-intensive lighting, HVAC, and dehumidification equipment to maintain the environmental conditions needed for optimal plant growth and development. In this webcast, you’ll learn the best practices to evaluate, specify, design, install, and functionally test: 1) horticultural lighting systems to support cultivation and how to maximize utility rebates for LED products, 2) HVAC systems for climate control, including high-performance options being incentivized by efficiency programs, and 3) water management for controlled environment agriculture.

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Phytocannabinoid processing facility design: Do's & Don'ts

Designing a commercial-scale phytocannabinoid processing and handling facility can be a costly endeavor, and improper planning and poor execution can cause a project to stall, or worse, fail completely. This session will call upon recent case studies to demonstrate 10 common pitfalls leading to project failure and how to avoid them, and 10 common characteristics of successful projects. Darwin Millard outlines the importance of the programming phase of the facility design process and why it is critical to completely understand the process and the equipment before starting to build.

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Fundamentals of space programming and planning for cannabis cultivation and processing centers

Strategic space programming and planning provides the foundation for project success. In this webcast, session leaders guide you through the multitude of programmatic requirements that must be carefully outlined and tracked, including those that support business plans, speed to market, and the licensing requirements that drive the space program's building blocks. They detail strategic planning processes for 1st stage, ongoing, and future facility goals that new cultivation, processing methods, and standards require, and demonstrate best practices for planning the more dynamic facets, including evolving regulatory, testing, and chain-of-custody requirements.

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1.00
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New construction vs. retrofit: Sustainability decisions for cannabis facility energy efficiency, odor control, water efficiency, waste reduction

Whether you’re planning a new facility or renovating non-technical space to accommodate cannabis cultivation, processing, extraction, and testing, sustainability remains a top priority to reduce waste and costs, meet state and local codes, and sustain the environment. In this webcast, Kaitlin Urso details sustainability planning strategies for building new facilities vs. repurposing and retrofitting existing spaces. She identifies design strategies, equipment, control systems, and processes that reduce energy use, control odors, optimize water efficiency, and reduce waste from operations.

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Energy use and sustainability: Regulatory policies, compliance, and critical considerations for cannabis facility design

As the cannabis industry expands across the United States, states are adopting energy policies that are reverberating across the facility planning, design, and construction process. In this webcast, session leaders provide architectural and engineering insights that are being implemented to respond to prescribed energy regulations for cannabis drug manufacturing across the states. They reveal data trends highlighting energy efficiency of facilities in New England and demonstrate a strategy for building systems selection and performance.

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
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1.00

A guide to CBD processing and manufacturing facilities: Equipment, processes, speed and scale, and cost

In this webcast, Dr. John MacKay serves as your expert guide to the successful planning and operation of a CBD processing and manufacturing facility. Here, he examines the criteria that should guide your decision making for CBD processing including formulation-centric processes, equipment, and workflow considerations that deliver cost-effective operations, quality, speed to market, and scale. He identifies facility and process elements that are essential, good to have, and unnecessary, and reveals key considerations that will determine processing facility needs for 2023 and beyond.

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Cannabis analytical laboratory design and construction considerations

Cannabis analytical laboratories require a complex and expensive infrastructure to operate efficiently and safely. In this webcast, Dr. Shaun Opie reviews essential planning and design considerations that laboratory investors, architects, and engineers should be familiar with to ensure project success. He reviews the compliance testing process, sample and personnel workflow, space requirements, laboratory safety components, (MEP) mechanical, electrical, and plumbing requirements, and identifies essential instrumentation, security features, and casework considerations.

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1.00
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cGMP requirements for cannabis facility operations and the regulatory pathway to compliance

View this webcast to get in sync with cannabis facility GMP requirements based on the final composition and/or intended use of your product(s). In this webcast, Kathleen May details key components of GMP, interprets federal, state, and local requirements as they relate to GMP, provides real time examples of applicability, and demonstrates a decision tree for determining what elements of GMP are valid for cultivated flower and/or manufactured cannabis products. She provides guidance on how to sustain a GMP program, and what standards and standard organizations (i.e. ASTM International) are currently available. 

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Speed to market: What you need to know to optimize your cannabis facility capital project schedule

In the early stages of rapid industry growth, a top concern for cannabis facility investors and operators is getting cannabis facilities operational as fast as possible.  In this webcast, session leaders call upon their expertise and collective work on cannabis cultivation and processing projects in nine states to demonstrate critical planning, space programming, site consideration, regulatory review, and critical path criteria imperative to optimizing the project delivery schedule. They examine project delivery methods including Fast-Track, Design-Build, and Phased Construction, and they share “lessons learned” that inform design and construction timeline expectations.

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Capital and operating expenditures: Establishing costs for new cannabis cultivation businesses

A clear understanding of CapEx and OpEx costs will help prevent expensive surprises when launching and operating a new cultivation business – and beware – these figures are substantial, and vary widely between indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse operations. In this webcast, Ryan Douglas details the funding requirements needed to launch and operate a cultivation business until it's profitable. He examines the start-up costs for indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse production sites, as well as provide a realistic frame of reference for determining the ongoing operational costs for each method of growing.

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