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Indoor Agriculture: HVAC System Design Considerations


  • Online Course
  • Free
  • 1 hours
  • 1

Growing plants indoors has gained in popularity, but conditioning spaces for plants instead of humans introduces new challenges. This ENL will discuss plants, the dehumidification challenges they pose, and how precision cooling for indoor agriculture is different compared to comfort cooling. The ENL will also discuss common air- and waterside system configurations used to maintain space conditions to ensure a healthy crop.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain how plants add latent load to the growing spaces through evapotranspiration.
  • Understand the differences between comfort cooling and indoor agriculture air conditioning.
  • Determine proper supply air humidity ratio and temperature conditions for growing spaces based upon grower’s preferences.
  • Understand possible air-to-air energy recovery configurations commonly available in air handlers.
  • Identify potential chilled-water heat recovery configurations for a given application

Course Details
Click on the Start Quiz button to view video, access handout materials and take the quiz.

Certificate Access 
Assessment is required by USGBC. Once you pass the quiz with a 70% or better pass rate, you can access the certificate in your Trane Education Center account Learning History. 

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