Imagine With Us
The CIS Incubator provides the industry with an opportunity to create something completely new. These projects begin like most: from conversations and design sessions to testing hypotheses, prototyping and beyond. We are proud to share our first two projects: Basecamp and RegenFit. Our hope is that these initiatives evolve into their own entities to contribute to a healthier world.
An Early-Stage Investment Vehicle For
Large-Scale Development Projects
Basecamp offers project developers a new way to launch their projects by circumventing the current and outdated approach to development. The current approach favors single-issue problems as if they weren’t all related: housing, food production, carbon sequestration, youth empowerment, etc.
The reality is that these issues co-exist interdependently, and their solutions, therefore, must have a long-term and integrated approach.
Fortunately, the investment community is beginning to recognize the limitations of our current project financing regimes and the need for financial vehicles that can support projects with integrated solutions.
Basecamp is one of these such financial investment innovations by introducing the tangibility of infrastructure at the earliest stages of a project. This physical presence accelerates the impact of local ingenuity during project preparation and pre-design - a key element to long-term project success, and a necessary element to ensure investment returns.
Basecamp reduces financial risk for funders. By the time funders are invited to support the project, a locally-designed prototype has already been endorsed by global construction companies who have agreed to “front” its materials and installation.
Think of Basecamp as a two-sided marketplace. On one side exist project developers in need of a jump start, and on the other, construction company CSRs searching for greater impact opportunity and new markets for their operations.
Basecamp is both a physical structure and process designed to respond to accelerate transformation in the built environment.
We have ongoing Basecamp projects in Madagascar, Venezuela, Jordan and India. All are ready for funding support.
A Regenerative Retrofit For All Homes
For over a century, the world of general contracting has been highly fragmented, and even confrontational within its own supply chain. This has resulted in a highly competitive and extractive market that produces stress on local communities and natural resources.
Moreover, LEED and WELL certified home builders reinforce the same Feast-Or-Famine mentality found in traditional building. We are all stuck in the same hamster wheel telling ourselves we need to "build faster" to maintain company growth and keep our employees at full capacity.
Until governments and communities change their policies and preferences with regards to development, this will remain an unfortunate market reality - even for the new generation of net-positive home builders.
In the meantime, RegenFit asks how we might address the negative environmental impact of the existing housing stock. As these homes continue to deteriorate, we are also losing time. Nature is consuming them because they are not being cared for in a way that's healthy for their residents and the planet.
In the burgeoning niche market of energy optimization, there does not exist a General Contractor that focuses on the intersection between the essential sub trades of solar, plumbing, HVAC, insulation and electrical.
RegenFit is breaking down the walls of specialization to provide existing homes with a fully integrated upgrade designed within the logic of nature by aligning data, the essential sub trades and regenerative building.
We've begun work on our first home and are eager to share our experience with the public.