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Retrofits - Indoor Agriculture Energy Savings Deep Dive #1(Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Partnership 2020)
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Length: 1 hour


 

Training Overview:

Learn the ins and outs of making indoor agriculture projects energy efficient through this information-packed, interactive workshop series designed exclusively for MEP engineers. Get tips on supporting your cultivation customers with the best resources on reducing expenses and improving plant quality. Engage directly with the experts who are designing and servicing the most efficient warehouse and greenhouse cultivation projects in the country.

 

  • Retrofitting existing buildings for cultivation facilities: energy sources and fuel mixes

  • Dehumidification, cooling, and energy recovery approaches in new and existing HVACD systems and energy efficiency opportunities

  • Automation & controls strategies for new and existing HVACD and lighting systems

  • Demand reduction opportunities and demand response approaches for new and existing CEA facilities

 

Event Benefits:

After completing these classes, you will have experience in:

  • Understanding challenges cultivators face with retrofits and new construction projects from real facility examples

  • Designing and optimizing cannabis cultivation processes for efficient operations

  • Comparing and contrasting the varying types of HVACD, lighting, and controls systems used for industrial cannabis production processes

  • Identifying the most cost-effective strategies for energy efficiency and implementing them with program administrators

  • Planning for flexible demand management in cannabis cultivation operations

  • Commissioning installed systems and verifying performance to achieve demand reductions and energy savings

 

Who Should Attend:

Building Owners, Managers, Consultants, EVERSOURCE Engineers, NGRID Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Utility Vendors, and all those interested in Advanced Building Systems.

Derek Smith, Executive Director, Resource Innovation Institute

As Executive Director, Derek provides overall leadership and strategic direction. Derek engages RII’s advisory bodies, including the Strategic Advisory Council and Technical Advisory Council Leadership Committees, develops global partnerships and oversees the organization’s policy work.

Before RII, Derek led Clean Energy Works, recognized as one of the most successful American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ("stimulus") programs. He has directed energy programs for the City of Portland, managed operations for a VC-backed start-up and created an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer. Derek has testified to the US Senate Energy Committee and briefed the US Secretary of Energy.

Derek enjoys playing and listening to a range of music, soccer (especially his hometown Portland Timbers), hiking and travel.

Gretchen Schimelpfenig, Technical Director, Resource Innovation Institute

 

Gretchen is a professional engineer who has spent the past five years optimizing controlled environment agriculture operations for resource efficiency and productivity. Schimelpfenig earned a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, Sustainable Design & Construction with a concentration in energy from Stanford University. Her diverse professional experience includes time spent commissioning commercial buildings, designing utility energy efficiency programs, and helping businesses like the University of Vermont and the City of Burlington benchmark their resource consumption. She specializes in analyzing the operation of building systems for cultivation facilities and helps the members of RII’s Utility Working Group reach cultivators with their financial incentives and technical assistance. 

As Technical & Operations Director of RII, Gretchen manages the PowerScore resource benchmarking platform, facilitates RII’s Technical Advisory Council Working Groups and creates curriculum and training to educate producers, efficiency programs, and design and construction communities. She works with members and subject matter experts to publish best practices guidance for production of plants in controlled environments, develops and delivers curriculum, and supports PowerScore users with resource benchmarking analysis and reporting compliance. Schimelpfenig writes for industry publications and is a columnist for GIE Media and Meister Media and publishes in Greenhouse Grower, Greenhouse Management, Cannabis Business Times, and the Cultivation Classroom column for Cannabis Science & Technology. Gretchen grows vine crops and herbs in her veggie garden, greenhouse, and basement in her Vermont farmhouse and is constantly using her HVAC and lighting knowledge to optimize her grow environments.

She works directly with the DesignLights Consortium to increase the adoption of third-party certification of horticultural building systems. Gretchen also represents RII on several industry committees developing standards for CEA including the ASABE PAFS-30 (Plant Systems Group), ES-300 (Electrical Utilization & Energy Group), and ES-310 (Agricultural Lighting Group), ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.2 (Plant and Animal Environments), ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis, IES Horticultural Lighting Subcommittee, and Task Group 1 of the UL 3600 Scorecard for Measuring and Reporting Circular Economy Aspects of Products, Sites and Organizations.

 

Dario Boyce, PMP – Project Manager, Anderson Porter Design

Boyce is a project manager at the Cambridge-based architecture firm, Anderson Porter Design, Inc., with local, national, and international experience in architecture and design. Anderson Porter Design brings strategy and design to high performance buildings and spaces. They engage clients in a data driven incremental approach which enables organizational learning around the human activities which drive creation of architecture and interior spaces.

Boyce has a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture from Wentworth Institute Technology, a Masters in Program Management from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology with a focus on Agile Lean and the impact it can have on the architectural design process, and has his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. Boyce combines expertise in strategic thinking, master planning, multiple-discipline coordination and designing for controlled-environment agriculture to the local, national and international Cannabis industries.

Boyce started at Anderson Porter Design in 2016 after completing his Master of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has completed internships at Boston College in the Capital Projects Management Department where he worked on campus upgrades and long-term strategic and campus planning efforts; at The Architectural Team, where he worked on several multi-family residential and senior living projects, and Gillespie & Steel Associates (Barbados), where he worked on custom residential homes, retail and commercial buildings.

Douglas Oppedal, CEA Program Manager, Evergreen Consulting Group, LLC

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