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Multifamily Commissioning 101

By: Toni Culley, MaGrann Associates

October 18, 2019

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”.

Fall 2019 Conference Recap

October 10, 2019

New Jersey Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

Building Industry Association's 17th Annual Builders Conference

AIA Forum on Architecture + Design

Congratulations to the 2019 Groundbreaker Award Finalists

August 20, 2019

Finalists were announced by Green Building United (GBU) this week for the 2019 Groundbreaker Awards. Two projects that we at MaGrann Associates were honored to be a part of - Anthony Wayne Senior Housing III and Strawberry Mansion Apartments - have been selected as finalists for the awards.

The New Sustainable Lifestyle

We believe that creating sustainable buildings is more than just an engineering challenge – it is bringing a new market of sustainable lifestyle choices to building residents. We are so proud to have worked on The Ten at Clarendon in Arlington, Virginia, which is an exemplary demonstration of what that sustainable lifestyle experience can be.

Historic Clean Energy Bill Signed in DC

The mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser signed the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 earlier this year, committing to the use of 100% renewable electricity by 2032.

Belnor Senior Residences Opens in Maryland

The Belnor Senior Residences ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on-site in Suitland, Maryland earlier this month. MaGrann's Director of Business Development, Mike Brown, attended the opening of the new 122-unit new construction affordable senior housing apartment complex.

MaGrann Associates Earns 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

Mount Laurel, NJ, April 12, 2019 – MaGrann Associates is proud to announce that it received the 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts to demonstrate best practices across the organization, provide organization-wide energy savings and participate actively and communicate the benefits of ENERGY STAR. MaGrann’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019.

2019 IBS Trends and Observations: The future is smart and looking good

February 25, 2019

By Laila Reilly, Client Relations Manager, MaGrann Associates

I had the opportunity to attend the 75th Annual International Builders Show in Las Vegas last week. Among the 1000s of vendors promoting their latest and greatest products, materials and technologies, I noticed two trends that I wanted to share with the MaGrann Community related to smart tech and smart communities.

Improving the Lifecycle Performance of Military Housing

February 20, 2019

By James Darius Ball, Vice President of Sales, MaGrann Associates

How do you reduce energy and water consumption while improving occupant satisfaction at over 2,000 single family military homes? Our answer is a Lifecycle Building Performance Program. This takes a long term approach to steadily and systematically improve each home’s systems. We are working to develop and deliver this program for military families.

The Codes They Are a Changin'

February 18, 2019

By Doug McCleery, Principal, MaGrann Associates

On October 1, 2018 Pennsylvania started enforcing the 2015 Building Codes with modifications to the International Residential Code (IRC) as proposed by the Review and Advisory Council (RAC).  In addition, the 2018 Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Provisions were developed as another path for energy code compliance for IRC buildings. 

MaGrann Associates Client Survey Responses

January 15, 2019

We are grateful for the business we have done with our clients and their teams to make buildings better over the years. To that end, we occasionally attempt to elicit formal feedback via surveys. In November, 2018, a Customer Satisfaction Survey was sent out to our 2018 clients.

Your Goals = Our Services

January 7, 2019

The beauty of working with a company like MaGrann is that we have the agility to constantly customize our offerings to our client’s goals. 2018 was a big year for MaGrann in bringing on new services to our menu of options for our clients. A summary of these cost effective, high quality offerings are listed below. Contact your MaGrann CRM today to learn more about how these services can help you achieve your project goals.

Smart Thermostats in Multifamily

December 20, 2018

MaGrann Associates recently completed the installation phase of an ambitious pilot for Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in New Jersey designed to investigate the energy savings potential, as well as the resident and building manager experience, associated with smart thermostats in lower income multifamily buildings. 

The Wet Summer of 2018 – Lessons Learned for the Future

December 14, 2018

By: Doug McCleery, MaGrann Associates

Let’s face it. This year was wet. Rainfall was up to 50% higher than average in the mid-Atlantic region this year.  September and October, typically a time for us to start drying out our newly constructed buildings, remained wet. 

KEEA Annual PA Energy Efficiency Conference

We are heading to the KEEA Annual Conference October 25-26!

Don't miss two MaGrann sessions while you're in Harrisburg!​​

"Mind the Gap: Program Design & Implementation" and "Fireside Chat with Your Friendly Neighborhood Utility Reps"

Virginia provides new options for receiving LIHTC QAP Green Points

October 18, 2018

By: Mike Brown

This October, the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) Board will approve changes to the 2019 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) which will provide developer teams a greater variety of options to obtain Green Points. This change aligns Virginia with many other states where developers are provided with options in choosing the green program that is right for their project.

MaGrann Associates Commends PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future Proposal to Advance Energy Efficiency in New Jersey

September 27, 2018

As a long-time proponent of energy efficiency efforts and public policy in New Jersey, MaGrann Associates commends PSE&G for today’s Clean Energy Future proposal which has the potential to greatly advance energy efficiency in the state.

Carpenter Lane Selected as Finalist for GBU Groundbreaker Award

August 27, 2018

Green Building United recently announced the finalists for the 2018 Groundbreaker Awards, celebrating green building leadership in the Philadelphia region, and we are pleased to announce that the MaGrann-submitted project Carpenter Lane is among the impressive list of potential winners.

New York City Just Took Historic Step Toward Cutting Its Top Source Of Climate Pollution

By Alexander C. Kaufman

August 20, 2018

Legislation announced Monday focuses on big buildings, and it could set a new standard for cities around the world.

Big NYC Landlords Join Plan to Cut Energy Use 20% by 2030

August 15, 2018

Some of the biggest names in New York real estate, including SL Green Realty Corp., Vornado Realty Trust and Related Cos., have signed on to an ambitious plan to reduce energy use in the city’s larger buildings by 20 percent by 2030 -- with some “wiggle room.”

A Hotter Topic: Building Heat Resilience Into Multifamily Housing 

August 13, 2018

Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades.

Philadelphia Adopts Modern Building Codes

June 1, 2018

The 2018 International Building Codes represent an increase in energy efficiency of over 30% as compared to the current code. The Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted to approve its adoption, transforming the city into a nationwide leader. What does this mean for you?

Bringing Energy Savings to Underserved Market - Multifamily Dwellings

May 3, 2018

The state is overhauling its efforts to deliver energy savings to customers in multiple-family dwellings, a sector that has been underserved and hard-to-reach for New Jersey’s vast array of energy efficiency programs.

PlanPhilly.com Article on Philadelphia's Building Code

April 20, 2018

Philadelphia's building code is set to receive an update expected to reduce energy bills and shrink the city's carbon footprint. On Thursday, the  Council’s Licenses & Inspections committee gave the green light on a bill that if passed will mandate that the owners of commercial buildings comply with 2018 energy efficiency building standards.

Union Eagle Wins NJ Future Award

April 13, 2018

 

Congratulations to Union Eagle Senior Apartments on their 2018 New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award, recognizing smart planning and development in New Jersey. Union Eagle is located in Bordentown, NJ and is an adaptive reuse of an abandoned industrial building into affordable senior and veterans' housing.

MaGrann Associates Earns 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

April 2, 2018

 

MaGrann Associates is proud to announce that it received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts to protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. MaGrann partners AEP Ohio and Community Investment Strategies were also awarded with a Multifamily High Rise Developer award and a Sustained Excellence Partner of the Year award, respectively.

Federal Energy Tax Deductions Extended for Building Owners & Contractors

Feb. 9, 2018

 

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!

Affordable Housing on U and V Streets in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 20, 2018

Somerset Development Company and Jonathan Rose Companies are developing a new 96 unit affordable housing high rise in the 1400 block of U and V Streets, NW in Washington, D.C, called Portner Flats.

Illinois Project Earns LEED Gold Cerification

Dec. 21, 2017

Suites at Third is a newly certified LEED Gold apartment building in Champaign IL, designed with the University of Illinois student in mind.​ 68 larger suites with 251 private bedrooms earned LEED Gold by focusing on the energy efficiency of the building.

LEED Gold Housing at Princeton University

Dec. 20, 2017

Princeton University has partnered with American Campus Communities to develop Stanworth Commons: 326 units of new housing just off-campus for graduate students and faculty of Princeton University.​

AEP Ohio EfficiencyCrafted Homes by MaGrann Associates

Dec. 13, 2017

AEP Ohio EfficiencyCrafted Homes is a MaGrann-designed and administered program which encourages builders to deliver higher performing homes through lower HERS scores and ENERGY STAR participation. The program has exceeded its 2017 goals.

Mark MaGrann Receives MAME Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov. 16, 2017

Congratulations to MaGrann Associates founder Mark MaGrann on winning the Joseph S. Van Osten Lifetime Achievement Award at the Builders League of South Jersey's MAME Awards! The awards are considered the  Building & Remodeling Industry Awards of Excellence.

Green Building Takes Hold for Single- and Multifamily Markets

Oct. 17, 2017

There is a growing commitment within the single and multifamily markets to building green, but the level of green building and drivers differ between the two, a new study says.​

Mayor de Blasio: NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emission

Sept. 14, 2017

Mandates on NYC’s 14,500 least efficient buildings to accelerate and deepen major efficiency upgrades; most ambitious program of its kind in the nation; financing to support retrofits, steep penalties for non-compliance; will spur 17,000 ‘green jobs’

DVGBC Hosts New Gravity Housing Conference

Aug. 5, 2017

The Delaware Valley Green Building Council held the 2017 New Gravity Housing Conference August 3-4. The event focused on the reality of climate change altering the way buildings will have to be designed, built and operated in the future. Techniques and practices were addressed and attendees participated in workshops, technical trainings, research-based lectures, building and neighborhood tours and networking.

Invest in Resilience Before Disaster Strikes

July 18, 2017

Low-Income Communities Are Especially Vulnerable 

Across the nation heatwaves, droughts and floods have become more frequent and more severe, increasing risks to people, homes, and infrastructure. Between 2011 and 2013, the U.S. experienced 32 weather events that each caused at least one billion dollars in damages.

Jaclyn Heights at West New York Grand Opening

May 18, 2017

Congratulations to the Jaclyn Heights at West New York team on celebrating the grand opening of this award-winning community! Jaclyn Heights was developed by MonGroup Properties, Inc. and is located in West New York, New Jersey. MaGrann Associates was the LEED, National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) and ENERGY STAR consultant on the highly efficient project.

Report: Philly’s Home Prices Jumped 5 Percent in Early 2017

May 2, 2017

By Melissa Romero

 

The numbers are officially in: Philly’s real estate market got off to a big start in 2017, with home prices rising an average of 5 percent.​

That’s according to economist Kevin Gillen’s latest “Philadelphia Housing Report: Q1 2017,” which found that despite usual trends this time of year, home prices increased and sales were “both exceptionally and unusually strong.”

Zillow Officially Launches RealEstate.com, new site for Millenials, first-time buyers

May 2, 2017

Zillow Group officially launched its new real estate search site, RealEstate.com, on Tuesday morning, unveiling a web experience designed to help more Millennials and prospective first-time homebuyers become actual homebuyers. 

Walters Group Named 'Green Builder of the Year'!

April 1, 2017

The Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey (SBACNJ) recognizes companies for excellence in marketing accomplishments in home building with the FAME Awards. Now in their 14th year, the Shore Builders awarded the 2017 "Green Builder of the Year" to Walters Group, a full service residential and commercial real estate organization that is dedicated to the sustainable building movement.

Millennials are Helping to Strengthen the Home Market

March 30, 2017

By Marketplace staff and Sabri Ben-Achour

The housing market continues to strengthen. Home prices nationwide were up 5.9 percent year-over-year in January, reaching a 31-month high. Home sales also jumped to 5.5 percent in February — the strongest reading since April 2010, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).