April 2023

MaGrann Community News

MaGrann Wins Sustained Excellence Award from EPA A.

MaGrann Associates is proud to announce that, for another consecutive year, we have received the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. Congratulations to all the well-deserved recipients! MaGrann has been a dedicated ENERGY STAR partner since inception of the program for new residential and multifamily construction, and we eagerly look forward to the release of ENERGY STAR's NextGen certification as the basis of another chapter in its evolution.

“We know how valuable the ENERGY STAR program is in making buildings more energy efficient and sustainable, and we are honored to be recognized as partners in that effort," said MaGrann President and CEO Rich Selverian.


Click here to learn more about ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards.

Jonathan Rose Captures Buildings of Excellence Award

Congratulations to the Shore Hill Development project team on receiving the highly coveted NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Award!


This 137 unit senior, affordable housing project located in Brooklyn NY, is an all electric, nine story, passive house project that incorporates the highest levels of sustainability, resiliency and accessibility. The project team includes Jonathan Rose Companies, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, Dagher Engineering and MaGrann is providing the CPHC + Verifier services for this project. 

Phius Pre-Certification Milestone for Johnson Park Center

Congratulations to the Johnson Park Center team for meeting PHIUS CORE 2021 Design certification!

Johnson Park Center is a low-rise project consisting of duplex, townhome, garden, and loaded corridor apartment style housing. Located in Utica, NY, this project consists of 4 buildings, 62 units, is all electric, and is designed to achieve a Site EUI just over 18!


The project team includes developer Rockabill, Architect SWBR and General Contractor Lecesse / Pike Construction. MaGrann is the Phius CPHC and Verifier for this project. 

Click here to learn more about Johnson Park project.

Solar Installation Complete at MaGrann HQ

We are proud to share that solar improvements have been made at the MaGrann Associates Corporate office in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Real estate company, Brandywine Realty Trust has implemented solar canopies and LED exterior lighting at each of its 7 buildings in the East Gate Corporate Center, with solar fed EV charging stations coming soon to complement those already installed in 2021 for MaGrann employees under the state’s VW settlement fund program. The solar canopies will offset about 4,150 metric tons of C02 emissions and are expected to power 67% of the 7-building portfolio's consumption each year for the next 25 years, with the balance purchased from renewable sources.


Learn more in the video below.

Industry Trends

NYSERDA Report Released on Real World Performance of Heat Pumps

MaGrann is excited to announce the release by NYSERDA of its summary of findings on real world performance of heat pumps. The summary can be found here and includes results from a study conducted by The Levy Partnership (now MaGrann New York). 


Replacing Fossil Fuel Heat with Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Urban Housing Stock was a field test project that sought to demonstrate the energy, cost, and greenhouse gas savings achievable by installing cold-climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP) into existing 1-3 family New York State homes. The ccASHPs were installed and monitored from late 2017 through mid-2019. At some of the sites, weatherization improvements were also implemented with the heat pump installation. The monitoring and analysis approach measured electric consumption at 15-minute intervals for all the installed heat pumps for 12 months or more. Analysis of the measured data showed that fossil fuel use for space heating was reduced by 86 percent with average annual Greenhouse Gas savings of almost 6500 lb/yr. 


For more details, including breakouts for cost, location and cooling for this and other studies, see the links above.  

Funding for Energy Efficiency-related O&M Training

Applications for NYSERDA's Building Operations and Maintenance Workforce Development and Training Program are due May 18, 2023.

The program provides up to $400,000 in funding for training building and operations staff to operate and maintain building systems which are becoming increasingly energy efficiency, grid-flexible, and electrified. It attempts to reduce energy use while also saving building operators and owners money by developing and strengthening the skills of operations and maintenance (O&M) staff and managers across New York state.

Funding will be provided for programs and activities such as creation of on-site training laboratories,, curriculum development, in-person and virtual training, and on-the-job training, coaching/mentorships, apprenticeships, etc.

Click here to learn more and complete your application..

Inflation Reduction Act Funding - Training Available

Are you taking advantage of all the IRA has to offer? Do you need a training to review relevant opportunities to improve building performance, renewable energy projects or EV charging?

Reach out to schedule a time with us to review these financial opportunities, like 45L Tax Credit program (see table below).

This Fall: New Benchmarking Law for Buildings in NJ

Building owners or operators of commercial and multifamily buildings over 25,000 square feet will be required to benchmark energy and water use for the prior calendar year using the US EPA Portfolio Manager Tool.  


The New Jersey Energy Master Plan (EMP) was board approved on September 7, 2022. Details on procedures and requirements can be found here.


Questions about benchmarking your property or portfolio? We can help! 


Questions about benchmarking your property or portfolio? We can help! Contact us today for more information.

Company News
Our Growing Team

Robin Houston joins the MaGrann team as a Client Relations Manager for the Washington DC/Metro area. She is responsible for engaging with existing and new clients by building and preserving trusting relationships and identifying new sales and business development opportunities. Robin enjoys long walks and hikes in nature, along with a good Farmer's Market!


"I am glad to be part of a team of green building and sustainability enthusiasts, that are helping to make our buildings better and safer for those who live in them."

Welcome to Nicole Burroughs who is the new Business Development Administrator for MaGrann. She assists in the daily operations of project administration and works with our AIA Continuing Education Program. Nicole enjoys spending time with family, playing cards, long walks, traveling, and spoiling her 2-year-old grandson!

"I’m very happy to be a part of such a warm and welcoming company! Everyone has been super friendly!"

Gabriella Arata joins MaGrann as an Energy Engineer. She helps her team conduct energy audits for multifamily homes. In her free time, she enjoys playing field hockey, rock climbing, and skiing. 

“I am so excited to kickstart my career in sustainability in the built environment where there are lots of opportunities to make a difference. I look forward to collaborating with people who share the same passion as me.”


It is our great pleasure to recognize the retirement of two long-term members of the MaGrann team, and to thank them for their dedication and extraordinary accomplishments in making residential homes and buildings more sustainable for all.

For a remarkable 25 years, Mike Brown has been a familiar face to clients and partners from Boston to Washington DC. But it is without doubt in New Jersey where Mike had his greatest impact, tirelessly working to incorporate energy performance into affordable housing through Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding and incentive programs linked to ENERGY STAR and ZERO ENERGY READY. Mike was known affectionately as “The Bulldog” for never letting go of an opportunity to bring a new client along for the energy efficiency ride or overcome any obstacle to meeting project goals. We join the thousands of home owners and renters in New Jersey and beyond who can thank Mike for his contribution to more efficient, comfortable and affordable housing. We look forward to carrying on your good work, Mike.

Peter Harding brought his company, Home Energy Technologies (HET) based in Connecticut, under the MaGrann umbrella early in 2020 (yes, right before the pandemic hit!), but our relationship and his history with the industry goes back much further. Peter was an early proponent of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) and a key supporter and past president of the Northeast HERS Alliance. He embraced the drive to truly high performance buildings through ENERGY STAR, ZERH, LEED, EGC, NGBS and Phius (Passive House) certification and was a trusted advisor to clients and program partners across Connecticut and beyond. With the HET team fully transitioned into MaGrann, his legacy has a bright future at MaGrann.  

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  • Building Systems Engineer: Focused on developing commissioning services and processes for multifamily new construction and retrofit projects to ensure that all equipment and systems are functioning at optimal efficiency.

  • Electrical Design Engineer: Responsible for the preparation of contract plans and specifications, often for several projects simultaneously.

  • MEP Designer/Drafter: Assists engineers with detailed mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design.
Event Updates

April 17-20: National Home Performance Conference

Seattle, WA - MaGrann presenting and sponsoring the cell phone charging work station

May 4: Bisnow's DMV Affordable Housing Summit

MaGrann speaking - contact us for a discount code to attend!

May 18: New York State Affordable Housing Conference

New York, NY

May 24: GBU Sustainability Symposium

Philadelphia, PA

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