April 2018
Building Science for a Better Environment
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MaGrann Associates Community News
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
MaGrann Associates is proud to announce that it received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for outstanding efforts to protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

MaGrann partners AEP Ohio and Community Investment Strategies were also awarded with a Multifamily High Rise Developer award and a Sustained Excellence Partner of the Year award, respectively.

Rutgers University Hosts Annual MaGrann Conference
The Department of Geography at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, held their annual MaGrann Conference March 22-23 on the theme Race, Place, and Justice. The Conference featured interdisciplinary presentations by scholars, activists, and scholar-activists from Rutgers and other institutions whose work brings empirical examples together with interdisciplinary scholarship to address the intersections of race, place, and justice in diverse contexts throughout our world.
The MaGrann Endowment to the Rutgers Department of Geography was established by MaGrann Associates company founder, Mark MaGrann. The purpose of the endowment is the help fund an annual international conference of geographers on the topic of Climate Change and its impact on the world population and the physical environment.

As always, the Rutgers Department of Geography brought together a superb group of scholars to discuss the topic of Race, Place, and Justice. Considering the current state of world affairs...both social and environmental…this is a timely and critical discussion. I’m honored to be able to help sponsor the Conference ,” said Mark MaGrann.

Union Eagle Senior Apartments Wins New Jersey Smart Growth Award
Congratulations to Union Eagle Senior Apartments on their 2018 New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award!

Since 2002, NJ Future has honored smart planning and development in New Jersey through the Smart Growth Awards. The projects and developments that win represent some of the best examples of sustainable growth and development in the state.

Union Eagle is located in Bordentown, NJ and is an adaptive reuse of an abandoned industrial building into affordable senior and veterans' housing.
MaGrann Associates was the Green Consultant for the project which was developed by Mission First Housing Group and City of Bordentown, and funded by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.

The sustainable design features of this project satisfy the standards of New Jersey’s ENERGY
Efficient Homes and USGBC LEED© for Homes programs. The project is LEED Platinum certified.

"The Ten" in Virginia Receives Excellence in Housing Award
"The Ten" (10th Street Flats) in Arlington, Virginia was awarded an Excellence in Housing Award at the Urban Land Institute Washington Real Estate Trends Conference. The awards highlight innovative development in the Metropolitan Washington region that contribute to the enhancement of vibrant neighborhoods, exemplify creative problem solving and celebrate visionary thinking.Winners were announced at the conference on April 17.
Industry Trends

Zillow's Top 10 Features New Construction Buyers Really Want
Recent Study Shows Home Buyers Want Energy Efficiency

A survey of over 13,000 households conducted by the Zillow Group found that 50% of home buyers want an energy efficient home.

Click the infographic for more information on the other top features and below for more survey results.

Intelligent Building Design Through Smart Technology

MaGrann is helping lead the integration of smart technology in new and existing apartments and homes. Our team is working with industry partners and clients to bring the digital world into our physical homes. The Internet of Things (IoT) has much more to offer than just convenience. We are excited to be working on cutting edge projects that ensure energy efficiency, comfort, health, and safety are also achieved through smart application of rapidly growing smart tech functionality. Stay tuned for more on our work in this realm and talk to us soon about integrating smart technology into your next project!

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)'s recent Spring 2018 edition of their iHomes & Buildings magazine spotlights "Intelligent Building Design and Implementation", reviewing the application of technical design in intelligent high-performance buildings from the perspective of architects, building engineers, designers, OEM hardware/software providers, service providers and facility managers. It also includes an article on the building blocks that create intelligent buildings and enabling technology for the IoT.

Company News
Giving Back i n Ohio
MaGrann Program Manager Rebecca Mellino, currently serves on the Board of Green Columbus , a non-profit organization that has engaged with the central Ohio community to contribute more than 100,000 hours of green citizen service to date. Green Columbus has organized Columbus’ Earth Day celebration and service activities since 2007.

Check out the highlights of an interview with Rebecca below and read the full interview here .

How long have you been involved with Green Columbus, and in what capacities?
I started attending Green Columbus’s Green Drinks happy hours in 2015 and was voted onto the Board of Green Columbus in July 2017.

Why did you join the organization?
I joined Green Columbus as a way to network with the sustainability community in Columbus. The happy hour events host guest speakers who talk about Green focused work that they are doing in Columbus or around Ohio. Past speakers have discussed topics such as Smart Columbus, homesteading, community gardening, Tree Stewardship, and beekeeping.

What does Green Columbus do and plan to do for the community?
Green Columbus hosts the city’s annual Earth Day Celebration, the largest volunteer-led Earth Day service effort in the US. This includes a week of on-site volunteer opportunities leading up to the annual Celebration downtown.

It has been a very fulfilling and uplifting experience to work with people who have the share my values on taking care of our environment. An added benefit of all of this work being local is enjoying cleaner and healthier neighborhoods and parks.

Also in Ohio...
Our Program Manager Zac Writesel celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act with Habitat for Humanity of Ohio on April 11, along with AEP Ohio's Jim Miller and Dave Tabata. Habitat for Humanity Ohio framed a Habitat for Humanity home on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse along with members and staff of the Ohio legislature, sponsors and special guests. Great work, all!
New Employee

Nolan Murphey has joined the MaGrann team as the newest Drexel University Co-op. He is a second-year student at Drexel, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Aerospace. In his free time, Nolan enjoys bike riding, playing hockey with friends and playing video games.   “I am excited to be a part of MaGrann's team and to learn everything I can about energy conservation methods."
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