Ben is responsible for the identification and development of new program and service initiatives at MaGrann. This role works closely with our internal consulting and implementation teams, together with stakeholders and clients, to respond to emerging opportunities and drive new approaches in support of advanced building performance and sustainability. By leveraging our history of engagement with industry, technology and programs, Ben is able to help MaGrann and our clients navigate rapidly evolving market challenges and innovations.
A significant element of this role is support of program design for state and utility sponsored energy efficiency initiatives. With over 30 years of experience in residential program deployment, as well as his key relationships throughout the home performance industry, key accomplishments have included reconfiguration of utility low income programs from prescriptive to performance standards (with a focus on integrated consumer education), and continuing the evolution of cost effective new construction programs in response to updated codes, standards and certification protocols. With Ben’s support, programs across multiple states have won national recognition from ENERGY STAR, RESNET, AESP and ACEEE, as well as numerous local and regional awards.
Ben is currently engaged in new initiatives exploring the interface between energy efficiency and the Internet of Things (IoT), including smart thermostat deployment in multifamily buildings, as well as building performance diagnostics and analytics made possible by networked devices and sensors.
Ben sat on the RESNET Board of Directors from 2002 through 2016, including chairing its Quality Assurance Committee for much of that time, and has been a participant in numerous working groups including Sampling Protocol development, Multifamily Rating Guidelines and Utility Software. He was a Board Director of Affordable Comfort (now the Home Performance Coalition) from 1997 to 2008 and 2011-2013. As a leader in the field regionally, Ben was a founding Board member of both the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Northeast HERS Alliance. He is also a frequent conference presenter and participant in national strategy sessions addressing residential energy issues, particularly related to whole-building approaches.
Ben began his career in energy efficiency program development at the New Zealand Ministry of Energy in 1982. He has an MBA from Drexel University, Philadelphia and a B.S. from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a past president of his local food co-op, and in his spare time he is an avid road cyclist and traveler.