Cannabis greenhouse or other indoor cultivation solutions must be ready to deliver a number of crucial features to be successful for the fast-growing marijuana industry. Cannabis is a specialty crop that requires more than a basic cultivation environment. Due to the nature of the crop and the regulations and restrictions around its cultivation, shipment and sale, cannabis facilities are subject to special requirements. And, the preferred indoor cultivation structure should have distinct cost and operating advantages that provide a better ROI than a traditional brick and mortar building.
Fabric covered buildings, or tension fabric structures (TFS) provide a perfect, readily available and adaptable environment for indoor cannabis cultivation, without the capital investment and long term commitment of a brick and mortar facility. Growers are finding that fabric covered buildings have a wide range of features and advantages to optimize their grow operations efficiency and yield. The Allsite TFS is well-suited for both short and long term indoor grow operation facility and is adaptable as the business grows and changes.
Cannabis Indoor Cultivation Requirements
Cannabis growers must make a choice between outdoor and indoor cultivation. Many choose indoor cultivation because it provides an enclosed environment where controlled conditions can result in improved product quality and crop yield. Among the conditions it is desirable to control are the following key factors.
Indoor Cannabis Grow Space Facilitates Automation
Indoor cannabis grow structures facilitate the use of automation for a range of systems that drive higher yields, control labor costs and help meet regulatory requirements. Automation includes such key systems as irrigation, lighting and temperature and humidity controls, as well as tagging and inventory tracking controls.
Indoor automated irrigation systems provide a controlled, timed watering schedule that is most beneficial to the crop at every stage of growth. Tension fabric buildings feature a high-strength frame that provides support to heavy-duty, customizable truss systems for lighting and other overhead equipment, and the structure easily accommodates water delivery and electrical systems.
A controlled light environment that replicates an optimal day/night cycle allows the grower to optimize plant growth and extend the growing season to increase crop yield. The durable fabric covering is UV resistant and blocks light to allow for complete grower control of the light cycle. With an opaque fabric cover, blackout conditions can be achieved inside the facility to simulate shorter days that stimulate the plants into earlier flowering and an opportunity to deliver the crop earlier to market. Translucent fabric is also available where natural lighting is preferred.
Managing Temperature and Humidity
LIke lighting, temperature and humidity influence the quality and yield of cannabis plant crops. The relatively sealed environment of the TFS allows growers to control the indoor air environment with appropriate climate controls for temperature and humidity to maximize crop output and protect the crop from the effects of outdoor heat, freezes or other adverse weather events.
Airflow and Odors
The enclosed TFS helps to contain odors from the growing plants, so there is a diminished impact in the area outside the structure, on neighboring properties or public spaces. Airflow systems can be installed to filter and control air circulation and reduce odors.
Inventory Tracking and Tagging
Strict tagging and tracking regulations in virtually every jurisdiction that permits legalized cannabis production mean that the ability to strictly control the inventory is vital to a successful cannabis grow operation. An enclosed indoor facility, configurable according to the grower’s needs, allows growers to limit access to the crop to authorized personnel and to track the inventory at every stage of production.
Secure Indoor Environment
Many jurisdictions require cannabis cultivation to be carried out away from public view. The TFS is a fully enclosed building that fully shields the operation from public view. It also reduces the risk that outdoor grow operations carry of theft and vandalism. And, indoor cannabis cultivation protects plants from pests, reducing damage from insects as well as rodents, deer and other foraging animals.
Low Cost and Adaptable for Changing Grow Ops Needs
Available in a variety of sizes and configurations, the Allsite TFS is best suited to medium to large cannabis grow operations as well as commercial startups where cultivation capacity expansion is anticipated. With its modular construction, the TFS can start out as a medium-size structure, and then be enlarged without disrupting the ongoing cultivation activities. This is achieved by adding to the length of the structure, causing no disturbance to the existing areas of active operations. The structure is easily expanded or downsized as market conditions change, with little to no impact on daily operations.
And, unlike dealing with traditional real estate, the TFS is available quickly, usually within weeks of order. Installation usually takes a few days. The structure can be located anywhere it is needed, including rural and remote areas. And, these durable but light-footprint, temporary structures leave little impact on the environment once they are removed. Unlike tents and small greenhouse structures, these structures are built for durability, including meeting wind resistance standards equivalent to a brick and mortar building. They can remain in place for years. The engineered extruded aluminum frame has an indefinite life and the PVC fabric covering can last up to 30 years.
Unlike a commitment to a traditional building, the TFS is available for short or long-term rental, lease or purchase. With no long-term financial commitment or large capital investment, the TFS offers the grower more flexibility in a changing market. For more information on how a fabric covered building can meet your cannabis cultivation business needs, contact Allsite at 888-599-5112.