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October 03, 2019

ASHRAE SJV October Chapter Meeting

October 03, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Norman S. Wright-Duckworth
7595 N Del Mar Ave
Fresno, CA 93711
Please join us for a discussion on the "Industrial Scale Horticulture Facilities - Plant Physiology and Psychrometrics"

$25.00 Member Ticket

$5.00 Student Ticket

$30.00 Guest Ticket

"Industrial Scale Horticulture Facilities - Sustainable Designs Informed by Plant Physiology and Psychrometrics"

The state of indoor horticulture designs have gone through two major epochs and the understanding of growing indoors continues to evolve. The integration of plant science into mechanical design decisions will drive the third epoch, with multinational technology corporations devoting significant resources to develop efficient systems that will change the landscape of horticulture worldwide.

Join us as we bring together experienced mechanical designers and plant scientists to better understand the challenges involved and the current state of the art in overcoming them.

Your ticket includes a buffet dinner.

Sam Burgner is a crop scientist with a keen interest in interfacing plant physiology and technology. He currently works as a production system designer and horticultural advisor in Monterey County. Sam holds a B.S.A. in Horticulture from The University of Georgia as well as an M.S. in Horticulture from Purdue University.

In the past, Sam has helped develop technology for whole-canopy, gas-exchange chambers for monitoring plant transpiration and photosynthesis under various environmental conditions, conceived of and led research projects for NASA in order to analyze abiotic stressors aboard spacecraft such as the ISS that inhibit plant-based food production, and has also worked in and helped design various modular and static shipping container farms for food and Cannabis.


Adrian Giovenco is a passionate engineer with over a decade of experience designing, selling and commissioning Trane HVAC and process systems in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. 

Recognizing that there is a knowledge gap around fully understanding plant transpiration rates and how they impact controlled environments, he founded InSpire to focus on Advanced Transpiration Solutions. InSpire’s purpose-built systems for horticulture allow for precise environmental control throughout the growing cycle and into dry/cure and process manufacturing. The benefits derived from InSpire's systems expertise include maximizing biomass, optimizing terpenes and cannabinoids, reducing operating costs, extending equipment life, and providing a significant reduction in risk correlated to crop failures.

You can find InSpire online at or on Instagram at inspire_transpiration. Adrian is an active member and past president of ASHRAE in Northern California, he sits on the Cal Poly SLO Mechanical Engineering HVAC&R Technical Advisory Council (B.S. Industrial Engineering 2005), and he currently serves on the NCIA Facilities Design Committee and the Resource Innovation Institute Technical Advisory Committee HVAC Working Group.


Our Chapter meets on the first Thursday of the month, September - May.  Please the chapter's calendar for additional events.

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