Smart Cities

“It’s a Data Center with a Glass Roof” – Cannabis Pushes the Boundaries of Smart Buildings

The indoor horticultural industry is growing. Fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT), smart greenhouses are evolving to be more productive, more energy-efficient, and more responsive to the plants at the center of their operations. At the forefront of this new era of horticultural smart buildings is the rapidly emerging cannabis industry, where a new strain of innovative entrepreneurs are developing disrutptive new greenhouse systems that could impact the entire smart building sector. Smart greenhouses face a number of issues that together create a unique challenge for the smart building industry. A complex environmental control and lighting landscape focused on the health and productivity of plant biology rather than human biology may be the most obvious but the most prohibitive is undoubtedly energy. The vast energy demands of growing plants indoors limits scalability, thereby holding back the industry growth, especially in this green and efficient energy era. “These [horticultural facilities] have power densities that are […]

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