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August 2011 Newsletter

What’s New

The International Code Council recently instituted new discipline-specific Membership Councils to enhance Members’ work performance, careers and professions within ICC and industry-wide, and to advocate on behalf of concerns and issues that are of particular interest to each Council.  Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is pleased to have been accepted to join the following Councils: PMG (Plumbing, Mechanical, & fuel Gas) Official; SustainabilityGlobal; and Fire Service.

Recent Projects

  •  Design of through-wall air conditioning unit installations at a Pearl River, NY apartment complex
  • Consultation regarding fire damage and proposed repair and reconstruction options at a downtown NYC multiple dwelling structure 
  • Inspection and analysis of drywall and carpentry workmanship at a Brooklyn, NY multiple residence structure

U.S. cities, states require large buildings to cite energy use

On August 1st USA Today published an article which asked “Wonder how high the utility bills will be at that apartment you like? To help consumers and spur efficiency, U.S. states and cities are beginning this year to require that commercial buildings measure and disclose their energy use.

The new rules, which generally exempt small businesses, are expected to shame building owners into upgrades that will save energy and create jobs.”  August 1st was “the deadline for 16,000 large buildings in New York City— representing half of its interior space — to report how much energy they used in the past year or face $500 quarterly fines. The city will post the data on a public website next year”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. monitors and remains aware of the latest in energy efficient construction, equipment, techniques, regulations, and codes, and is available to provide its clientele with energy-related consulting services.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

Green Homes Sell for More,

Studies Show 

On August 1st EcoHome Magazine reported “as green building pros know all too well, today’s recession-weary home buyers are often more concerned with price than with a home’s energy rating, durability, or indoor air quality. New research, however, reflects a steady increase in the public’s understanding of the value of green building features”.

A recent “study’s authors noticed a consistent trend, even while home sales in general were down: Third-party certification results in a higher sales price, says Dakota Gale, sustainable finance program manager at the Earth Advantage Institute”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with building owners, purchasers, and property managers regarding energy efficiency construction, alternatives, and renovations, as well as to provide pre-purchase building inspection services.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients.

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