October 2018
Building Science for a Better Environment
MaGrann Associates Community News
Anthony Wayne III Senior Housing Ribbon Cutting
Congratulations to the Anthony Wayne III Senior Housing team on the Ribbon Cutting Celebration of the affordable rental development which was held at the Southwest Philadelphia site on September 25th.

The project is ENERGY STAR certified and was designed to meet Passive House standards. MaGrann was the Green Building Consultant for the project and helped the team through all aspects of its high performance goals.

Jon Jensen, MaGrann's Director of Sustainability and the Certified Passive House Consultant for the Anthony Wayne III Senior Housing project attended the ribbon cutting celebration when he met with a three-month resident who told him, "I've never had an electric bill so low. I called the power company to make sure it wasn't a mistake. I never had central air before, so I thought it was going to be different, but this was cheaper than using those window units once in a while" .

RPM Development Revamps Long-Vacant Industrial Site
RPM Development Group unveiled a new 145-unit affordable housing property in Aberdeen, New Jersey in October, completing the effort to redevelop a long-vacant industrial site. The Hudson Ridge Residences are available to families and seniors, providing affordable housing to a neighborhood which was impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Consisting of two four-story buildings with one- to three bedroom apartments, the project team is pursuing LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications. MaGrann Associates is the Green Building Consultant for the project, performing the LEED and ENERGY STAR Consulting and Certification services. "We always appreciate working with companies like RPM who share our mission of making buildings better and this project is a shining example of that," said MaGrann CEO Rich Selverian.

KEEA's Annual Conference Draws Top Energy Industry Professionals to Harrisburg, PA
October 25-26 marked the 8th annual KEEA Energy Efficiency Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Top industry professionals and policy leaders were in attendance to share knowledge and ideas with peers and industry thought leaders about taking action to create success. MaGrann's CEO and KEEA's board President Rich Selverian opened the conference pointing out that Pennsylvania now has more than 65,000 energy efficiency-related jobs.

MaGrann's Vice President of Strategic Development Ben Adams (pictured on left) presented on a panel entitled "Mind the Gap: Program Design & Implementation" which explored the evolution of an energy efficiency program from start to finish. Rich Selverian (pictured on right) moderated a panel entitled "Fireside Chat with Your Friendly Neighborhood Utility Reps" in which attendees submitted questions to participating Utility Representatives in advance and then engaged in a Town-Hall-style conversation discussing Act 129 and exploring Phase III.

Over 150 participants attended the conference which consisted of educational sessions, networking opportunities and keynote sessions by Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown and Austin Whitman of FirstFuel.
Industry Trends

Virginia Provides New Options for Receiving LIHTC QAP Green Points
By Mike Brown, MaGrann Associates
October 18, 2018
This October, the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) Board will approve changes to the 2019 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) which will provide developer teams a greater variety of options to obtain Green Points. This change aligns Virginia with many other states where developers are provided with options in choosing the green program that is right for their project. These options will present real cost savings and improved access to funding streams for Developers. MaGrann is proud to have worked with Virginia and many other states to promote the use of green certification programs for points in the QAP.
As an organization with deep roots in building science and sustainability in affordable housing, MaGrann is a firm believer in providing choices for developers and their teams, especially as related to energy efficiency and green building strategies. We have partnered over many years with developer teams to cost effectively achieve green building certification through programs including Enterprise Green Communities, LEED for Homes, LEED Midrise, ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home, and Passive House (PHIUS), in addition to ENERGY STAR and ENERGY STAR Multi-Family High Rise.

RESNET's New Whole House Water Efficiency Rating: HERS H2O
HERS H2O is a whole house water efficiency rating for single-family and duplex homes that builds off of RESNET's nationally recognized Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. The new rating evaluates homes' indoor and outdoor water usage including the bathroom and kitchen, clothes and dishwashers, and pools and irrigation systems. The score is calculated by comparing the rated home to a reference home.
Company News
Walk/Run for Pancreatic Research
MaGrann Associates' Director of Business Development, Mike Brown, organized a 5K Walk and Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research in 2009, in honor of his brother-in-law, Steve "Doc" Charton, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 of the disease.

Though "Doc" lost his battle with cancer in 2012, the event has continued in his honor. Now, in its 10th year, the Greater Philadelphia Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research has raised more than $370,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

This year's Walk/Run will take place on Sunday, November 4th, at 8am, at Cooper River Park Stadium, North Park Drive, in Pennsauken, NJ. 

"This year’s event is special for two reasons. After 10 years, I will be ‘passing the baton’ as event organizer. Second, in addition to honoring the memory of Steve, I will be running for a close friend in Florida who is currently fighting the disease. So raising money for pancreatic cancer research is the best way I can think of honoring and supporting the thousands of individuals who wage a heroic battle against this terrible disease," said Mike. 

Learn more about the efforts to cure pancreatic cancer Philly PC Walk Run or  contact Mike .
New Employees
Khenya Clay is a returning member of the MaGrann team as a technical analyst for the existing multifamily and design team. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was an active participant in many organizations during her academic career. During her leave from MaGrann, she assisted homeowners through the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort and brings project management experience back with her. Khenya enjoys volunteering, traveling, crocheting and is currently working on a family history project. “I am excited for the opportunity to rejoin MaGrann and look forward to continually assisting others, as well as the environment, through healthy buildings.”
Jakob Siegel joins the MaGrann team as the newest Drexel co-op! Jakob is a third-year student at Drexel Universit y, seeking a major in Mechanical Engineering and is assisting the New Construction Team during his time with us. In his free time, Jakob enjoys writing and producing music as well as serving as a youth leader at his church. "I am thrilled to be a part of Magrann's team, and I look forward to learning and contributing towards the company’s goals and missions."
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