LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2022) The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) is proud to announce the 2022 cohort of the world’s first Net Zero Accelerator (NZA). The NZA helps position selected pilot-ready, building-focused technologies for success by accelerating their market entry throughout the greater Los Angeles region and beyond through collaboration with marquee partners and advisors who provide guidance, connections, and participation in pilots. Since the accelerator’s inception, 65 companies from around the globe have participated, with more than 50 pilots initiated.
The selected 2022 cohort and the general categories they align with this year are:
AquiPor, BamCore, Carbon Upcycling, Hempitecture (advanced materials)
Enersion, Feedback Solutions, MeterLeader (energy efficiency)
Miravel (occupant health)
Glass Dyenamics, INOVUES (building envelope)
Ampd Energy, ElectricFish, Moduly (energy resources)
HydroFlux, LeapFrog Design (water conservation)
Most of the companies are headquartered outside of Los Angeles, including multiple states
(AZ, CA, ID, OR, TX), Canada and Hong Kong. However they have prioritized the city and
region for market validation and scaled adoption, understanding the opportunities here due
to both the state’s and city’s significant and time-sensitive goals toward a net zero future.
To learn more about the new cohort through their fast pitches as well as participate in
advisor matchmaking, please join the annual NZA Meet & Greet on July 14th.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the 2022 cohort of companies and their collective
potential for positive impact on building decarbonization and water conservation for our
region. Every year this program, the quality of the companies, and the engagement of our
community just gets better,” states Ben Stapleton, USGBC-LA Executive Director.
Believed to be the only “net zero accelerator” in the world, the NZA focuses on removing the
biggest barriers to viable building technology reaching the market. The selected propertyfocused technologies (aka proptech) can come from anywhere in the world, with the
qualification of being pilot ready and/or commercially available solutions that help make
zero carbon, energy, water, and waste buildings a reality for the region today. During the
nine-month accelerator, they have multiple opportunities to: connect with potential
investors, advisors and pilot hosts; participate in workshops focused on best business
practices; and receive individualized guidance from USGBC-LA Executive Director Ben
Stapleton and Accelerator Director Colin Mangham, who have guided the success of more
than 150 startups generating $300M+ in venture funding.
The one-on-one guidance, introductions, Meet & Greet, and Demo Day (which closes out the
cohort) events have resulted in pilot project placements with key players in the Southern
California region. Three successful pilot implementations with past cohort members
ePAVE with its patented, reflective pavement coating material specifically designed and
engineered to preserve asphalt and concrete. ePAVE outsources the application of their
product to concrete application firms, which they train to apply the product correctly to
produce a strong bond, appropriately address cracks and other issues on the underlying
surface, and ensure an aesthetically pleasing finish. In June 2021, the company applied
ePAVE to two parking/loading docks for soundstages, totalling 1,800 SF, at Gower Studios,
which is owned by pilot partner Hudson Pacific Properties.
The ONYX Rhino is a mobile clean power system designed to replace small gas and diesel
generators that can emit NOx and unburned hydrocarbons, as well as particulate matter
(PM) emissions. It can output 4,000 W at either 120V or 240V, can charge from the grid
overnight in three to four hours or continually from solar during the day, and is ruggedized
for indoor, outdoor, or on-vehicle use. Four Rhino units will now be used at California State
University Northridge (CSUN) to power equipment for outdoor events per CSUN
requirements, which include safe, clean energy with little to no noise..
TBM Designs’ (TBM) InVert™ self-shading window system takes no energy to save energy,
using biophilic thermo-bimetal pieces inside a standard double-paned sealed window cavity.
These design features, which are both functional and aesthetic, reflect heat away from the
building to reduce energy demand and associated costs by at least 25%. With partners at
the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the artist Yaloo, TBM worked with the California
State University Long Beach Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum to
create a sm[ART]box showcasing TBM’s InVert™ self-shading window system in an enclosed
environment. The sm[ART]box system was housed in a repurposed shipping container
configured with two identical internal spaces for comparative purposes. There was a
reduction in energy use in excess of 30% as measured by an energy monitoring system,
comparing one part of the sm[ART]box with ordinary low-e coatings to the side installed
with TBM’s InVert system.
“I’ve guided the success of hundreds of entrepreneurs, and I can say that the caliber and
commitment of the people and companies this program engages is truly top shelf,” states
Colin Mangham, NZA Director. “Plus, the focus on real world pilots getting vital solutions
right to market makes our work all the more fulfilling. I’m excited to guide and learn from
this next group of green-minded change makers.”
Current partners in the NZA include (alpha): Blue Bear Capital, BuroHappold Engineering,
California State University at Dominguez Hills, CSUN, CIM Group, City of Los Angeles,
Community Corporation of Santa Monica, Fifth Wall Ventures, Frederick Fisher and Partners,
Gensler, HDR, Hudson Pacific Properties, Integral Group, IQHQ, Kilroy Realty Corporation,
LivCor, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Economic Development
Corporation, Metropolitan Water District, Momentum, NRDC, NREL, Skanska, Southern
California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, and UCLA.
For more information on the Net Zero Accelerator (the companies, and being a pilot
location, advisor or supporter), visit https://usgbc-la.org/initiative/net-zero-accelerator/
NetZeroAccelerator.org or contact Colin Mangham at email@example.com. For information on
USGBC-LA, please visit USGBC-LA.org or contact Ben Stapleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles
Founded in 2002, USGBC-LA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future within one generation. Our mission is to accelerate all aspects of sustainability in the built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition, and networking. Learn, Share and Lead Green. (www.usgbc-la.org)