Growing Green in a Microgrowery

The rise of beer culture in the last few decades has given birth to an unprecedented amount of microbreweries, with different types of lager, ale and stout to suit the 5.7B dollar market of beer sales in Canada each year. There are over 100% more craft breweries or microbreweries than there were 5 years ago.

I predict that with the upcoming changes to the recreational marijuana industry there will be an another unprecedented surge, this time for the birth of the Microgrowery, producing craft strains of cannabis designed for recreational and medicinal use. The question that many will come to ask, is what regulations would apply to someone looking to start a Microgrowery. There will certainly be stringent Health Canada requirements surrounding the number of plants that can be grown, including potential taxes depending on the THC content. The Health Canada requirements will also govern the security of the building and insist that you receive municipal approvals before being granted a license to grow.

What municipal approvals will be required?

  • Zoning – To ensure that the building is located in a suitable part of the City/Town
  • Building – To ensure that the proposed construction complies for Health and Safety
  • Fire – To ensure that the proposed use is conducted and operated safely

As was seen in 2012-2013 during the medical marijuana licensing requirements, there will likely be strong push back from the municipality regarding the use of the building and the use of the space and what requirements are applicable to the operation.

If you are interested in starting a microgrowery and want to know more about what types of requirements are applicable, I would encourage you to start with the Health Canada website to determine specific requirements for licensing, etc. After that, feel free to give us a call and we can discuss how you will comply with the Zoning, Building and Fire Code regulations!

Starting business in a new location

If you are a startup business, or an existing business that has outgrown your current location, you are likely in need of a new location.

Did you know that if you are moving into a new location, regardless of whether you are undertaking construction, you may still need a building permit? The reason for this is that there is a section of the building code known as a Change of Use permit, which is required when an existing building is re-purposed for a new use. This also applies to vacant units if the last known use can’t be confirmed.

What constitutes a change of use? Well to answer that question, it is easier to explain what doesn’t.

– An existing use is removed and the new use is the exact same business type (Hair salon to Hair Salon, professional office to professional office, small restaurant to small restaurant)

If you are moving into an existing space and your use is different then the previous use, then you will likely require a permit. However, the process is made much simpler by hiring Fawcett Architectural to help you. We will look at your needs, look at any proposed construction and the existing building to apply the Ontario Building Code in a thoughtful and innovative way to help reduce your costs as much as possible.

We look forward to working with you!

Virtual Reality brings Reality to a Virtual World

The software used by Fawcett Architectural is advanced BIM software known as Revit, made by Autodesk.

Revit is capable of so many things that most architectural firms barely scratch the surface of what is possible. Using all the features of the software on every project is unlikely; however, some aspects of the program are gaining traction. One such feature is the ability of the software to be used for programs that have Virtual Reality viewers.

I have started to implement a new software which is capable of taking your project, regardless of how big or small it is, allowing you to slip on the headset and view the project with your own eyes, as it would be when it is built. Now, the software has its limitations, especially when it comes to detail. In order to maintain a fast frame rate (which avoids stuttering) the model detail must be kept limited, but this enables us to produce a 3D model that is capable of being viewed, while keeping the costs affordable for the average consumer. Whether it is a new building or a renovation, we are able to take produce a model that allows you to view the work as it will be constructed, allowing everyone to be able to picture the project as it will come to be.

Contact Fawcett Architectural to get started on your next project today!