November 2020
Building Science for a Better Environment
MaGrann Community News
Lokal Fishtown Wins American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Design Award
Congratulations to our partners on the Lokal Fishtown project for winning an AIA Philadelphia Design Award!

Lokal Fishtown is a boutique hotel in the culture forward Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown. It houses four studio apartment hotel units and two 1,000 sq ft two-bedroom spaces complete with a shared courtyard. MaGrann Associates was the MEP Engineer on the project, developed by Postgreen Homes.

Exciting Changes at Conifer Realty

This year, Conifer has substantially invested in the growth of its Downstate NY and Long Island development team. In March, Conifer welcomed Roger Pine on board as the Vice President of Development for the region, and just last month, Daniel Brass came on board as Senior Project Coordinator. Sam Leone, a seasoned affordable housing developer who joined the Conifer team in 2007, has been leading the multiregional development efforts since 2019, and was recently promoted to Executive Vice President of Development. These changes are a key component of Conifer’s growth plans for its development teams.

Ten Years of Efficient New Homes in Ohio

AEP Ohio's EfficiencyCraftedSM Program for Residential New Construction ended on September 30th as a result of recent changes in the Ohio regulatory landscape. The program was honored with the EPA’s prestigious ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award for ten consecutive years, and earned a 2019 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Exemplary Programs Award.

MaGrann Associates has been responsible for the design and administration of the program since its inception and we are proud to share this summary of its accomplishments. "It is an honor to work with AEP Ohio. They are focused on their customers and bringing a better energy future to the communities they serve," said MaGrann President and CEO Rich Selverian.
Industry Trends
Updates to Green Programs & Training for Your Team

The landscape of green building programs is ever evolving and 2020 has been no exception. MaGrann is tracking and staying ahead of these changes to help advocate and integrate these new elements into your next project. Check out the list of programs you can expect to have some new elements on your next project. 

  • ENERGY STAR Unified Multifamily Program
  • LEED v4 moving to v4.1
  • NGBS 2012 moving to 2015 and ultimately to 2020
  • Enterprise Green Communities moved from 2015 to 2020

If you and your team would benefit from a training from our team, please contact us!
Indoor airPLUS and Viruses, Bacteria and Mold
Indoor airPLUS is a comprehensive, whole building system approach to a healthier home. As we encounter viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, Indoor airPLUS labeled homes can help us have cleaner air to breathe by reducing exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants now and into the future. 

EPA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies as part of the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. As we work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 there have been questions about how high performance building systems, including Indoor airPLUS homes, can be used to help provide some protection from viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, bacteria, and other pathogens.

NEW DC Building Innovation Hub
 
The Building Innovation Hub (Hub) helps building industry professionals in and around Washington, DC create and operate high-performing buildings. It is a project of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that specializes in driving demand for high-performing buildings.

The Hub connects professionals and provides information and education. The goal of the Hub is to meet the current needs of the building industry while simultaneously pushing it towards the innovative solutions that we will need to build and operate high-performing buildings.
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The International Builders Show will be virtual in 2021. The virtual show presents a unique opportunity for students or recent graduates who are interested in sustainability to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2021 IBSx Virtual Experience for free!

Recipients will receive one full conference ticket for the four-day virtual event (Feb. 9-12, 2021), which includes all education sessions and access to the expo “floor.” Additionally, scholarship recipients will have the chance to meet virtually one-on-one with veterans in the green building industry. 

Company News
Join Us at the upcoming KEEA/EEA-NJ Conference, Energy Efficiency Evolving

MaGrann Associates is proud to have been supporting the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) and the Energy Efficiency Alliance of New Jersey (EEA-NJ) sine their inception. Energy Efficiency Evolving is a new regional policy conference that will be held remotely during the week of November 16th. MaGrann speakers will participate on the panels of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 17th at 2:00PM: Accelerating Electrification in PA & NJ
  • Thursday, November 19th at 4:00PM: Fireside Chat: Market Innovation
  • Friday, November 20th at 10:00AM: New Perspectives on Cost Test Reforms


Interested in attending the conference for free? Contact us and we'll get you registered!
New Employees
Darshan Gabani joins the MaGrann team as a Design Consultant. He conducts MEP design of high performance buildings, engineering consulting assistance to clients, mechanical equipment selection, system design and layout. Darshan graduated with a master's degree from the University of Florida, in mechanical engineering and a specialty in thermal science and fluid dynamics. During this period, he worked as an energy engineer at the Industrial Assessment Center, conducting ASHRAE level 2 audits. Darshan moved to LA after graduation and worked as a project engineer, performing commissioning and MEP design services for residential and commercial projects.

Fun facts: Darshan enjoys traveling, and he moved from California to NJ by driving! During his free time he enjoys digital content and going outdoors.
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"I am grateful for joining MaGrann which is the perfect place for me to realize my goals towards creating a healthy living environment, by engaging in sustainable design practices. I wish to play my part of giving back to the nature by being adept at the best design and energy practices which will help sustain the ecosystem for a green future"
Julius Abion joins MaGrann Associates as electrical designer. He has over 10 years' experience in the field, and a diverse knowledge of mixed use buildings. Julius hold certificates in electrical building system design and HVAC design from New York University and a certificate in construction management from Camden County College.

Fun facts: Julius likes to connect with nature by going outdoors, planting, walking, going to the beach and hiking whenever there is the opportunity. He enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community, and is a sports fan!
“We can make a difference one project at a time, by utilizing the combination of science and engineering. Furthermore, I believe that together we can achieve a better sustainable life, with comfort, affordability, and efficiency while incorporating good design of homes, with MaGrann Associates leading the way."
Work at MaGrann - We're Hiring!

Are you interested in building your future with the future of building? Know someone looking to work at a mission driven organization, with a diverse group of highly motivated professionals? We’re growing our team in the Mid-Atlantic region working every day to improve the quality of homes people live. 

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