In 2014, Chris started collaborating with this “tech dream team” to study the indoor cultivation sector and particularly what started to happen in Colorado with the cannabis crop, which Chris prefers to refer to as cannabinoid and terpene plants. Colorado being “ground zero” of legal commercialization on large scale of this crop was a good start to start taking notes on how this plant was being grown outdoors and indoors.
The team walked around visiting a multitude of green houses and indoor horizontal grows, and started taking notes on every topic from structural design of the facilities, equipment selection, and of course energy efficiency. Two of the top growers in Colorado joined Chris’ team to collaborate on the following topic: how to grow the best consistent quality within pharmaceutical standards using the least amount of energy which contributes to the lowest operational cost, while having an environmentally friendly position. The study continued for four years supported by research and development financial support from the Canadian federal government, and finally lead to a large scale commercial design that uses up to 20 times less land space, 20 times less water, 10 times less labor, and 5 times less energy use compared to other models currently present in this industry which are horizontal indoor cultivation centers.
Why did you enter cannabis?
Chris has more than 10 years’ experience related to expertise in agricultural and controlled atmosphere technology with clients in the fresh fruit & vegetable sector and in the medical cannabis sector in the USA, Canada, Europe, South America, and Israel. Chris’ team includes designers, researchers, engineers, architects, energy efficiency consultants, and growers. The concept of efficiency, consistent quality, and profitability in a controlled atmosphere indoor vertical cultivation is created with a mission to compete with outdoor farming.
Chris believes that by tweaking the performance dials in an indoor cultivation facility that allows such precise controls on air, light, and nutrients this will change farming models worldwide for many crops we rely on either for pharmaceutical, recreational, or nutritional products.
What is the session about?
Only the most efficient, science-focused, data-driven cultivators will find success. This means that indoor horticulture designs must be optimized with an understanding of the influence that plant science has on mechanical design decisions. Taking this holistic approach ultimately leads to greater efficiency at every stage, positively affecting the bottom line. Explore real-world examples illustrating common pitfalls to avoid and opportunities to exploit when it comes to facility design and construction – Discover how a scientific approach to facility design can serve cannabis across the value chain.Go back