Efficient Yields Tri-County: Greenhouse Optimization - Aligning Your Systems with Your Surroundings
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Length: 2 hours
Greenhouse controls can be more complicated because they have to contend with more extreme variations in climatic conditions and solar radiation that are harder to predict. Learn best practices for lighting and environmental controls in greenhouses. Daily and seasonal variation of the Sun can quickly influence facility heat gain, plant photosynthetic rate, and transpiration rate at varying rates across the canopy in greenhouses. Understand how to compete and comply with upcoming code changes. Save energy by automating vents and light deprivation systems, supplemental lighting systems, and cooling systems in greenhouses.
Topical areas include:
Best Practices for Advanced Controls & Automation in Cultivation: Greenhouse
Understanding California Title 24, Part 6, Energy Code
Building Envelope & Shading Devices
Greenhouse Lighting Controls & Automation Best Practices
Greenhouse Environmental Controls Best Practices: Avoiding Microclimates for Plant Health
Operations & Facility Staff
Design & Construction Partners
Utility & Government Representatives
Kyle first came to EnSave in 2007 before going on to earn a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Sweden’s Lund University. After rejoining in 2013, Kyle has concentrated on business development and relationship building with EnSave’s industry partners, including several leading milk cooperatives.
Kyle Edmiston is a Business Development Manager at Ludvig Svensson’s American subsidiary. Kyle joined the Svensson team in the Fall of 2019, and was previously focused on our West Coast customers, before recently joining the ClimaFlow team within Svensson’s expansive offerings. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and has been focused on new business development professionally for the past 14 years.
Since starting at Ceres 7 years ago Josh has created the Cannabis division, bringing more than a decade of experience in both construction, cultivation, and dispensary management. Josh approaches his job with an interdisciplinary understanding of systems, architectural design, and problem solving. His goal is to create a whole-systems approach to both greenhouse design and environment controls, resulting in the most efficient systems and environmental controls, resulting in the most efficient systems and highest quality product.
He has been featured in Marijuana Venture Magazine as one of the “40 under 40” rising stars in the Cannabis Industry in 2018.
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.