February 2018
Building Science for a Better Environment
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MaGrann Associates Community News
Pennrose Properties Resident Satisfaction Award
Congratulations to our partner, Pennrose Properties, on having 16 properties designated as Resident Satisfaction Award winners! The award is based on the SatisFacts annual resident survey which is designed to identify and improve satisfaction, retention, reputation and overall performance.

MaGrann is proud to have worked with Pennrose on many of the 16 chosen properties including Baldwin's Run (Utility Studies), Cherry Hill Senior (Enterprise Green Communities and ENERGY STAR Consultant), Heritage at Alexander Hamilton (LEED Consultant), Herman E. Kapp Senior Residences (Utility Studies), Maple Shade Mews (Utility Studies), and Uplands Rental (LEED NC and ENERGYSTAR Consultant).

"We recognize and appreciate Pennrose's commitment to the residents of affordable housing," said MaGrann President Rich Selverian.

Affordable Housing on U Street in Washington, D.C.
Somerset Development Company and Jonathan Rose Companies are developing a new 96 unit affordable housing high rise on the 1400 block of U and V Streets, NW in Washington, D.C, called Portner Flats. The redevelopment of the formerly distressed 48-unit, HUD Section 8 “Portner Place Apartments” is aligned with the District’s focus on preserving and expan ding affordable housing options in walkable, infill locations with access to mass-transit.

MaGrann Associates is the Sustainability Consultant on the project which is pursuing certification with Enterprise Green Communities and ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise.

Industry Trends

Federal Energy Tax Deductions Extended for Building Owners & Contractors
Benefits for Building Green are Extended

As a result of the newly passed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, federal tax benefits have been extended for energy efficient buildings that were placed in service prior to December 31, 2017! 

The 179D Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction enables commercial building owners to claim $1.80/sqft, provided they have reduced total energy costs by 50% compared to minimum energy code requirements. The statute requires an independent verification of the energy savings.

The 45L Energy Efficient Home Credit was also recently retroactively extended through the end of 2017. This credit provides eligible contractors with a $2,000 tax credit for each energy efficient dwelling unit.




A newly sponsored study from researchers at Harvard University  claims that green buildings deliver billions of dollars of social and health benefits beyond those associated with reduced energy consumption.

The researchers examined a subset of green-certified buildings over a 16-year period in six countries: the U.S., China, India, Brazil, Germany and Turkey. The study identified nearly $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits. The results are published in the peer reviewed Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology.

Company News
New Employee
Lee Shields has joined the MaGrann team as the new Technical Consultant for the Washington, D.C. Region. He was born and raised in the Silver Spring, MD and still lives close by. Lee studied building science at Appalachian State, and previously worked doing energy audits, home performance work, and most recently for a small HVAC contractor. He will be working on field inspections in the D.C. region for MaGrann. When not working, Lee enjoys hanging out with family, playing or watching hockey, duckpin bowling, or doing something outdoors. He also enjoys fishing and kayaking, sometimes at the same time!   “I look forward to working with, and getting to know everyone at MaGrann, and hope to assist in continued growth in the DC, Maryland, & Virginia region.”
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