October 2019
Building Science for a Better Environment
MaGrann Associates Community News
Multifamily Commissioning 101
Building Commissioning (Cx) provides assurance that the building’s owners achieve their goals for their buildings. The purpose of commissioning in a nutshell is to verify that system installation has been done correctly and is operating “according to the Owner Project Requirements”.

Ideally, the Commissioning Agent should be engaged very early in the project’s design stages to assist in developing the Owner Project Requirements, identify the systems to be commissioned, define the scope they will be performing and propose an estimated timeline. MaGrann Associates is the team to help you through this process. We ensure that equipment is installed correctly so you can know your systems will run as they were designed and your occupants will enjoy higher air quality and comfort.

Check out the video above, of our VP of Business Development James Ball explaining exactly what we do and how we can help you!
Hankin Group Continues Commitment to Green Building with Keva Flats
Hankin Group, in association with PECO, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Exton, Pennsylvania on September 12 for Keva Flats. The project is a five-building complex with 240 apartments that combines the ultimate urban amenities with a suburban lifestyle.

MaGrann Associates completed the LEED certification, supporting Hankin Group's resolute commitment to building efficient apartments.

"We enjoy working with the Hankin Group as they continue to push the industry by building better and better buildings," said MaGrann President and CEO Rich Selverian.

Read more or watch the ribbon cutting ceremony video , featuring our Sustainability Director Jon Jensen!
Fall Conference Recap

New Jersey Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development
The Governor's Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Awards were announced during the annual New Jersey Governor's housing conference in Atlantic City, September 16-17. These awards recognize projects and professionals that are on the cutting edge of innovation in the fields of affordable housing and economic development.

The Leading Housing Development Award was presented to Hudson Ridge Residences at Aberdeen, Monmouth County (pictured, right). Our partners RPM Development Group and Inglese Architecture + Engineering; received the award along with their development team.

The Leading Supportive Housing Development Award was received by the Camp Salute project team which includes our partner Conifer Realty .

Congratulations to all the award recipients!
BIA Annual Builders Conference
MaGrann Associates sponsored the 18 th Annual BIA of Philadelphia Builders Conference September 26th.

This year, the BIA explored topics ranging from using real estate development as a means to promote equitable growth in the region, through expanding development opportunities, bring skilled labor into the workforce and delivering more affordable housing.

Photo: Albert Yee Photo
AIA Forum on Architecture + Design

Philadelphia's regional education and expo conference, the AIA Forum on Architecture + Design, took place October 2-4. MaGrann Associates partnered with Philadelphia L&I on a presentation Top Ten Code Lessons to learn under the 2018 Building Codes. Areas covered included: permit submissions packaging for residential vs commercial projects, common errors identified at permit submission by L&I, field verification requirements for residential vs commercial and much more.

If you would like a PDF copy of the presentation, please contact us.
Read more about these fall 2019 conferences here .
Industry Trends
Where are you on the Path to Net Zero?
Zero energy homes are the next step in green building, as they combine advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency. Net-zero energy homes are comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes that are affordable to live in.
As indicated by the following articles, building net-zero is top-of-mind in the industry today.

Send us an email if you are interested in a free Lunch and Learn about Net Zero Energy.
Low Income Housing and the IECC
Posted by Bill Fay, Code Watcher

National Housing Institute President Harold Simon had never testified at an IECC Development Hearing before, but when he did, he had everyone’s attention. “As advocates for low-income families, one of the greatest tragedies we see is when a family realizes their dream of owning a home, only to lose it because they can’t pay their energy bills,” he said in support of “The 30% Solution” that helped produce historic efficiency gains in the 2012 IECC.

Those who oppose building efficiency because the “first” cost of efficiency improvements “prices American households out of the home buying market” should listen to Mr. Simon and other low-income advocates who view those first costs as an investment that secures home ownership. Their evidence is strong and compelling, and it all starts with substantial data showing that “inability to pay energy bills” is the leading reason for home foreclosure behind “losing your job.”

Company News
11th Annual Fundraiser Walk and Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research
MaGrann Associates' Director of Business Development, Mike Brown, first organized a fundraiser 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, the event has continued in his honor. Now, in its 11th year, the Greater Philadelphia Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research has raised more than $450,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

This year's Walk/Run will take place on Sunday, November 3rd, at 8am , at Cooper River Park Stadium , North Park Drive, in Pennsauken, New Jersey. 

"Raising money for pancreatic cancer research is the best way I can think of honoring my Brother-in Law 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 Employee
Brandon joins the MaGrann team as the new Drexel co-op for the Fall-Winter Cycle. He will be assisting the New-Construction & Multi-Family Engineering teams this semester. Brandon grew up in Marlton, NJ and went to Cherokee High school where I participated in both the Robotics and Golf team. 

"I am extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity MaGrann has given me for my second co-op at Drexel. I look forward to assisting in MaGrann’s goals and hope to learn more about the process of making a building green and energy efficient."
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