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Commissioning: Essential to Cannabis Facility Engineering

Cannabis Facility Commissioning Services

We provide commissioning services for new and existing cannabis facilities.

Our commissioning services help you ensure your facility meets your needs and reaches your production and profit goals.

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Cannabis Facility Commissioning with CE+C

With more than 65 cannabis facility projects in our portfolio, we are one of the most experienced cannabis engineering firms in the industry. We work hard to earn our clients’ trust, and that’s why many of them come back to us when they are ready to upgrade or expand their facilities. We are proud of our work, and we would love to lead the team for your next project.

Our staff likes to say that Commissioning is the service you use to make sure you get what you paid for. It’s no use spending your HVAC budget on a high-end system if it is not set up to work properly. Commissioning generally involves at least one site visit by a trained professional, who will do a deep dive into your systems and controls to see that they are performing as designed and specified. In some cases, you may be required to have your facility professionally commissioned. But even if it’s not required, it is an important way to protect the investments you’ve made in your systems.

Six Signs Your Cannabis Facility May Need Commissioning

There are a number of indications that you may benefit from bringing in a Commissioning Agent to commission your facility. Here are a few things to watch out for.

You see a sudden increase in your utility bills
Your life safety system experiences frequent false alarms
You have purchased new equipment that needs to be integrated into your existing processes
You have made any change over 20 tons cooling
You are considering LEED certification for your facility

What to expect from a Commissioning Agent

Your CxA (Commissioning Agent) should bring a wealth of knowledge about the systems they will be commissioning. Part of this knowledge will come from you, by providing them with any drawings you have of existing facilities and systems, including documentation of any remodels and alterations that have been made along the way. This will give your CxA a starting point.

Commissioning can be done during any phase of building; pre-design, design, construction, and occupancy. Having a CxA involved in all 4 phases gives you a better outcome, as a competent CxA will work with your mechanical contractors and maintenance staff to make sure your equipment is installed correctly to ensure the performance you receive is what you anticipated when you purchased it.

Three Types of Cannabis Facility Commissioning

There are three main types of commissioning; initial commissioning, retro commissioning, and re-commissioning. Here is a brief description of each.

Initial Commissioning

happens with systems that are less than one year old. It will often include the creation of maintenance documentation and training for the owner’s staff.


is performed on systems that are older than one year and have not yet been commissioned. This can also be performed if the owner is purchasing an existing building and plans to keep the building systems in place rather than upgrade.


helps a building owner troubleshoot performance degradation or require improved documentation. You can think of it as a building tune-up.

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Benefits of Commissioning your Cannabis Facility

Commissioning is, at its core, a cost-effective process. Its intent is to save time and money by making sure that every system is operating to its highest capacity and that each separate system is working with other systems rather than against them. At its best, commissioning is a holistic look at your entire facility.

The potential savings from having a CxA commission your facility come from the efficiencies created in the commissioning process. For example:

You will save money by having documentation that will help your staff properly maintain your facility’s high performance.

In an indoor grow, the temperature and humidity set points on your heating and cooling systems will be correct, minimizing wasted energy and increasing crop yield resulting from consistent optimal temperature and humidity (see: Vapor Pressure Differential).

The information you receive from a thorough commissioning process will help you anticipate future expenses and be able to plan for them.

Commissioning your facility helps you identify upgrade and
expansion opportunities.

Beginning the Cannabis Commissioning Process

Prior to beginning the process, your prospective CxA should provide you with a written proposal that outlines the costs and details the scope of the project and the services to be provided. It should be very clear to you exactly what you will receive during your process. The price may be a single lump sum, or a base cost with additional services you may choose from, for example, a set of as-built drawings or a manual for your maintenance staff to use. It may also include the Agent’s payment terms and other legal conditions.

As a part of their services, your CxA should provide you with a comprehensive written report on the condition of your facility and a range of suggestions for improvement. It should also tell you about the remaining useful life of the systems being inspected. Evaluations of controls is one of the most significant places to find cost-saving efficiencies and should be given careful consideration in the report.

Why Use CE+C to Commission Your Cannabis Facility

cannabis plants in indoor grow facility
CE+C commissioning services are provided by professional engineers and designers. This gives them in-depth working knowledge of your equipment and a solid understanding of the ways systems interact in real-world installations. They know how systems should perform, because they spend a majority of their time designing those systems.
In addition to their education and experience, you’ll find that CE+C engineers are also exceptional communicators. Every staff member at CE+C is trained in a proprietary communication system that emphasizes listening and clarification skills. They will take the time to understand your needs and will keep you informed during every step of your project.
CE+C’s proposals are very detailed and outline precisely what you will receive and what you will pay for it. Every commissioning report undergoes a rigorous quality control process to ensure that it is both comprehensive and clear. The same is true for any additional documentation that is included in your project.
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