475 High Performance Building Supply is proud to announce we have been accepted as a “virtual tenant” of NYC ACRE, the premier incubator in New York City for business startups focused on energy transformation. Founded by Mayor Bloomberg in PlaNYC 2030 and funded in part by NYSERDA, NYC ACRE forms a crucible for innovation and economic activity. From the NYC ACRE website:
“New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Resilient Economy (NYC ACRE) helps clean technology and renewable energy companies in New York City grow, advancing the city as a role model for a low-carbon future while also creating jobs. NYC ACRE is dedicated to growing an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, international companies, and innovative local businesses that provide solutions to climate and energy issues in NYC.”
Efficiency is the cleanest energy and 475’s e-commerce based business with a focus on making a low-energy built environment made us a great fit. Why are we a “virtual tenant”? Because unlike many start-ups that lack even a desk, 475 is already ensconced in an old garage in nearby Gowanus. As a virtual tenant we may not have a permanent desk at NYC ACRE located in the NYU Poly campus of downtown Brooklyn, but we enjoy the powerful benefits of mentoring, networking, and strategic positioning that are essential to scaling our ambitions to build a successful business which plays a key role in the transformation of the U.S. construction industry toward low-energy/high-performance and Passive House buildings. Current incubator tenants include efficiency oriented trailblazers like BlocPower and Sealed, energy monitoring by Enertiv and battery optimization by Voltaiq, to name a few.
Needless to say, we are excited about the synergies and opportunities that lay ahead and hope that this leads to a very positive impact in our quest for a low-carbon future.