Cannabis is an industry that’s only just beginning. Earlier this month, the state of Illinois put standards in place that will shape the cannabis industry for the Midwest and the rest of the country for decades to come.
We’re living in extraordinary times. Cannabis is changing the country from medicine to production, with industrial giants and small-time growers all searching for some sense of direction. With states across the country passing legislation to allow legal adult use, the regulations have been relatively inconsistent.
Illinois is one of those states. With their marijuana law taking action On January 1, 2020, they’ve passed some of the tightest cannabis production legislation in the country, detailed regulations in energy consumption, water, and other aspects of production that demands a high level of efficiency from Day One.
There’s a lot at stake for the industry, and for the most part, cannabis growers are excited to take charge of their expansive energy footprint. A five thousand foot growing facility uses 66% more energy than the average US household. To offset that demand, Illinois is joining Massachusetts in passing strict energy regulations. These include:
- A cap of 36 Watts per per square foot
- Mandatory installation of automatic watering and irrigation systems
- Mandatory use of DesignLights Consortium approved lighting fixtures
- Limit water runoff to less than 20%
- Specific high-efficiency HVAC equipment
The scale of Illinois’ cannabis industry is large and is expected to grow each year. Right now, they have 20 indoor facilities licensed for production, with a further 100 smaller producers with licenses to grow in facilities up to 5,000 square feet.
One of the most important parts of the legislation is that the law requires producers to explain in detail exactly how each grower will meet the standards of the law. It’s a process that demands an intimate knowledge of the complex systems in place, and a field we feel uniquely situated to support businesses tackle. With these regulations regarded as the new standard, we expect to see similar laws passed across the country, and we’re ready to support businesses everywhere.
Whether you’re looking to get started, upgrade your facility to meet regulations, or need help presenting your current HVAC to inspectors, we can help!