Quality standars for the delivery of medical marijuana are changing in Canada, creating a need for specific mechanical design elements within medical marijuana growth facilities. BC Comfort Air Conditioning Limited provides critical environment solutions for medical marijuana facilities.
The delivery mechanism of medical marijuana is changing dramatically in Canada. All personal-use production and designated-person production will end on March 31, 2014. Starting April 1st, 2014, all medical marijuana must be grown by Health Canada Licensed Producers (LP). Because of the strict quality standards from Health Canada, it is generally large commercial entities applying to be LPs, as opposed to the smaller, mostly home-based outfits that previously grew medical marijuana.
BC Comfort is currently working on several proposals for facilities for Licensed Producers. There are Health Canada guidelines for quality requirements for medical marijuana. One of these is to follow requirements listed in Schedule B of the Food and Drug Act. The mechanical design therefore must be for a critical environment for plants, and not a simple mechanical design typically associated with warehouses and light-industrial buildings.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has specific guidelines for plant growth environmental facilities. Medical Marijuana is grown in Controlled Environment Rooms (CERs), also called plant growth chambers, which have artificial light sources, and can provide control of temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide levels.
In addition, specific requirements BC Comfort has encountered include:
- Critical design Temperature range
- Large cooling loads (from lighting)
- Humidification/Dehumidification requirements
- High level filtration
- UV Sanitation
- BAS/DDC Controls
- Back-up/Redundant Cooling
BC Comfort has a long history of designing and building critical environments including pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, food processing plants, and larger server rooms. BC Comfort can provide a complete mechanical design-build solution for your facility as the first step in becoming a licensed producer. Please call 604-412-0206 for more information.