Building your perfect grow room, the goal of
Building your perfect grow room, the goal of Quest
From dank basements to state-of-the-art facilities, the business of growing cannabis has come a long way in a few short years. And as more jurisdictions open the door to legal sales, the demands for producers to generate consistent levels of high-quality cannabis will only increase, raising some serious engineering challenges for growers.
That’s where Quest comes in. They wrote the book on setting up your grow room for optimal results. Literally. They wrote a book.
In partnership with sister company Agronomic IQ, Quest produced “Getting Grow Rooms Right”, a straightforward, easy-to-read text on the intricacies of the HVAC requirements of grow operations large and small.
“Our parent company has come from a standpoint that we should educate everyone in the market,” explained Daniel Kerr, Marketing Manager for Quest. “We just took that angle and pivoted it to the cannabis market. There’s very little regulation on how people go about selecting equipment. Some people just have a lot of money. There’s nothing in the book that says, ‘This is why our equipment is better’. It’s a general resource for the industry.”
Back in the day, small scale producers cobbled together dehumidification systems with window air conditioners and other less than optimal fixes while avoiding the long arm of the law. As the threat of that arm recedes, and production enters the mainstream, demand for consistent quantities of consistent product grows.
“We’re getting a lot of questions from states that are pending legalization,” Kerr said. “If that happens they know we know what to do. We’ll be able to speculate our HVAC system based on what’s going on in the room.”
In Canada, consumer demand has at times been frustrated by a lack of retail availability and slow delivery, something thinks will iron itself out as time goes on.
“The growers who are given the space have been doing a great job of scaling up to the great product at a much larger volume,” he notes, going on to say that a process of vigorous testing will help develop a consistent product for the consumers.
Achieving that, however, requires a far greater attention to detail regarding the environment in which the plants grow. For larger producers, the stakes are very high. A powerful three-in-one system can provide the temperature, humidity and ventilation levels necessary for consistent yield and quality. Kerr credits the producers for handling the volume effectively.
But for smaller, craft cannabis producers need to consider these issues too. These smaller producers are Kerr’s passion.
“You see the people touching the product. It’s not an engineer just ordering,” he said of those clients. “It’s the person who is actually growing it.”
This is the first year Quest has been a headline sponsor of the GrowUp event, something Kerr said is a good step for them because it fits with the commitment to education in the industry.
“The best thing about these shows is the openness in the industry,” he explained. “People are comparing what works and what doesn’t. Since the legalization, its something that can be publicly talked about.”
Quest has been engineering HVAC systems for a range of industries for about 15 years but got into the legal medical cannabis market in 2011. They’ve been working with the consumer market since 2014. This year, they’ve signed on as a lead sponsor of the GrowUp Conference and Expo in Niagara Falls, September 1-3, 2020 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
‘Getting Grow Rooms Right’ is a must-read for anyone serious about their set up. Written in easy to understand language, this free eBook features chapters explaining types of HVAC systems, mistakes that can jeopardize the product, installation tips and navigating the design process.