- Commercial Real Estate + Clean Technology= Huge Opportunities for You! Jeff Ostroff 39:17
Did you know that buildings are responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, and that of all the buildings that will exist in 2040, 2/3 already exist today? Well it turns out, that creates enormous opportunities for those who want to remove the carbon from those buildings. My guest expert, Owen Barrett, serial entrepreneur, and founder and president of Rayven, speaks with me about these opportunities and much more on this episode.
Among other things, Owen discusses (1) what the impetus was for him to get involved in decarbonizing commercial real estate properties, (2) one major trend that’s stimulating interest in clean technology in the United States, (3) how other countries actions on climate change and decarbonization differ in some ways from those of the U.S., and (4) an exciting development that could be a game changer for tackling climate change in the future.
Most importantly for you, Owen identifies numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs, job and career changers, and investors spawned by the commercial real estate decarbonization effort. And he gives you some great tips to get you started on that path.
Now a little bit more about Owen. Since earning a bachelor’s degree in finance, cutting his teeth in the financial industry, and earning a master’s degree in environmental science and management, Owen’s been on a professional rampage, pushing complacency and bureaucracy aside, and decarbonizing our economy at an impressive rate. Owen’s a three-time founder in the clean tech space, with one successful exit.
As a Global Energy Manager for a Fortune 500 company for three years, Owen implemented $60 million of clean technology. Combining his experience in fuel cells, solar PV, energy storage, LED lighting, and HVAC optimization, Owen left to launch lumeo, a niche energy service company. Within three years, lumeo hit eight figures in revenue and helped forty school districts implement energy efficiency and renewable energy.
After a successful exit from lumeo, and nearly a decade in the clean technology industry, Owen started ZNE Capital and pivoted to buying commercial real estate for the purpose of decarbonizing it. In just three years, Owen acquired and partially decarbonized $96M of multifamily properties.
While ZNE Capital proves to have a successful business model, the rampant inauthenticity within the institutional impact investing space made it challenging for ZNE Capital to make impact at scale. Owen founded Rayven to decarbonize existing buildings at scale.
Rayven is the world’s first net-zero real estate investment platform. Every property they buy is converted to true net zero (no offsets involved). By partnering with thousands of authentic, retail-impact investors, Owen, Rayven, and every single investor will decarbonize the world, one apartment building at a time. Rayven is Owen’s Sistine Chapel and the culmination of a decade in sustainability.
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