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NCIA Lobby Days and Lift Expo: What we learned

Posted by Celia Daly on Jun 5, 2017 9:52:08 AM

At Surna, we’ve had a busy few weeks and we want to keep our readers up to date not only with what we’re doing but also with what we’re learning about this new industry. In the last month, we’ve gotten up close and personal with both the American and Canadian cannabis markets.  On May 15, we traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Lobby Days. Then last week we headed to Toronto to attend and exhibit at the Lift Expo. Both events were enlightening and gave us an even better understanding of the trends in, and future of, this exciting industry. 

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Topics: cannabis cultivation, cultivation equipment, commercial cultivation, lobby days, 2016 cannabis, 2017 cannabis, cannabis culture, cannabis legislation, cultivation technology, legislation, NCIA, canada, marijuana legislation, canada cannabis, canada marijuana, Lift Expo, National Cannabis Industry Association, cannabis experts

Cultivating Consistent Quality in Cannabis

Posted by Celia Daly on May 19, 2017 12:01:30 PM

Cannabis is one of the North America’s newest and most promising industries. It is now medically legal in 29 states and recreationally legal in 8 states, with even more allowing CBD for certain medical conditions. A recent poll also shows that close to 60% of American support legalized cannabis and Canada is taking cannabis even further, introducing legislation to federally legalize the plant in 2018. All of this indicates a trend away from prohibition toward a regulated market. And yet, some are still wary of cannabis. 

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Topics: environmental control, Cannabis Basics, cannabis cultivation, climate control, cultivation, cultivation equipment, best practices cannabis, building cannabis, chiller, climate, commercial cultivation, cooling, environment, HVAC, indoor cultivation, marijuana, marijuana cultivation, 2017 cannabis, cultivation technology, medical marijuana, indoor climate control, cannabis climate control, cannabis hvac, compliance

Grow as you grow: Scaling climate control systems

Posted by Celia Daly on Apr 13, 2017 10:20:18 AM

As cultivators and owners know, building out a commercial sized facility takes a lot of time, patience and money but can be extremely lucrative in the long run. Large-scale commercial facilities that are up and running are generating huge profits, mostly in cash. But this type of revenue takes time. To get to a place where a facility can sustain itself financially, owners first must go through the long and expensive process of licensing, permitting, obtaining land and/or buildings and, of course, choosing lighting and environmental control. 

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Topics: cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis cultivation, cultivation, cultivation equipment, growing indoors, indoor garden, air handler, best practices cannabis, building cannabis, cannabis technology, commercial cultivation, efficient growing, indoor cultivation, indoor growing, marijuana, marijuana cultivation, 2017 cannabis, cultivation technology, indoor agriculture, indoor climate control, cannabis climate control, cannabis hvac, indoor garden hvac, cannabis regulation, cannabis construction, expansion, growth

Biosecurity Risks in the Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on Mar 31, 2017 2:05:20 PM

Biosecurity is quickly becoming one of the most important topics in the cannabis industry. Testing standards are getting stricter and rates of tainted crops are sky rocketing, causing supply shortages and significant financial blows to cultivators all over the continent. Crops with mold or fungus can be deadly to consumers—especially those with lower immune systems, like many medical users. The alternative for many cultivators is to use chemicals like pesticides and fungicides to combat mold but unfortunately, these still pose a threat to consumers, placing cultivators in a catch-22 situation. Should you risk mold and fungus by avoiding chemicals? Or should you introduce potentially harmful chemicals to your plants to ensure against mold and fungus? Neither is a good option. Not only do these options put consumers at risk but, with increased regulation, they also put cultivators at risk of losing significant profits from having to dispose of sub-par harvests.

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Topics: air sanitation, airoclean, biosecurity, botrytis, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis cultivation, climate control, cultivation equipment, growing indoors, mold, powdery mildew, best practices cannabis, building cannabis, clean room, commercial cultivation, indoor cultivation, marijuana cultivation, 2017 cannabis, air sanitation biosecurity, cultivation technology, indoor agriculture, medical marijuana, indoor climate control, cannabis climate control, indoor garden cooling, indoor garden hvac

Correctly Sizing a Cooling System for your Indoor Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on Mar 9, 2017 1:34:49 PM

Designing an indoor garden can be complicated. Cannabis is a new industry and though growers can pull best practices from similar industries, the fact remains that setting up a commercial cultivation facility is complicated and hard to navigate for new entrants. From navigating regulatory requirements to finding an appropriately zoned facility to choosing the right equipment, nothing about this process is simple. As soon as one task is completed, another task needs attention.

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Topics: environmental control, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cannabis cultivation, cannabis growing, cultivation equipment, dehumidification, increase yield, indoor garden, automation, best practices cannabis, building cannabis, cannabis garden, cannabis technology, chiller, climate, commercial cultivation, construction, cooling, efficiency, energy efficiency, engineering for cannabis, environment, HVAC, indoor growing, ROI, vertical farming, technology, cannabis industry, cultivation technology, indoor climate control, cannabis climate control, cannabis hvac, cooling system, indoor garden cooling, indoor garden hvac

Indoor Gardens: Managing two distinct environments

Posted by Celia Daly on Oct 27, 2016 5:09:35 PM

There are many positives about growing in an indoor, sealed environment. The vast majority of cannabis cultivators rely on this method to maximize output.  Indoor gardens allow cultivators to get multiple harvest per year while reducing exposure to pests, fungus and bacteria.  Further, indoor cultivation eliminates outside conditions as a concern for indoor climate, and ensures a secure operation.

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Topics: cannabis cultivation, cannabis growing, climate control, cultivation, cultivation equipment, dehumidification, growing, Surna reflector, climate, cooling, efficiency, environment, Garden Set-Up, humidity, indoor gardening

Energy Efficient Equipment Can Aide in Application Selection

Posted by Celia Daly on Jan 14, 2016 7:12:46 AM

An increasing trend in cannabis licensing and applications is either for applicants to be required to list expected energy consumption (Oregon) or to award additional points to those planning to use energy efficient equipment (Illinois).

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Topics: application, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cultivation equipment, energy efficient, featured, licensing

Innovative Cannabis Cultivation Technology

Posted by Celia Daly on Dec 17, 2015 7:36:35 AM

We’ve been talking about new technology for the cannabis industry a lot this year, so we thought we would take the best of our various presentations and combine them into an easy to access blog post.

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Topics: cultivation equipment, featured, Surna reflector, cannabis technology, hybrid, Our Perspective, water management

Heat Transfer Using Surna's Air Handlers

Posted by Celia Daly on Oct 15, 2015 7:19:05 AM

https://youtu.be/OiV3mB-2i84

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Topics: cannabis cultivation, cultivation equipment, featured, air handler, cooling, Garden Set-Up, heat transfer, video

September Newsletter: Water Conservation as California Regulates

Posted by Celia Daly on Sep 29, 2015 7:32:08 AM

Each month, we publish a newsletter discussing a trending topic within the cannabis industry and how it shapes Surna’s philosophy. To be one of the first to receive this information, be sure to sign up for our email list.

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Topics: cultivation equipment, licensing, air handler, dehumidifier, reflector, cannabis legalization, newsletter, Our Perspective, water conservation

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