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December 2015 Newsletter

We know that the tri-state area offers a choice of many professionals to assist you with your engineering and inspection needs, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with you.  We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday, and we wish you all the best during this holiday season!

What’s New

Rules currently in development would amend the provisions of the NY State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code. Rest assured that we will continue to monitor such proposed code changes to ensure that our designs comply with same.

Recent Projects

  • Structural Engineering consultation regarding framing and support system failure concerns at a building located in New City, NY 
  • Evaluation and review of electrical shock and electrocution conditions at an Orange County, NY property
  • Forensic engineering consulting services regarding a construction accident which occurred at a Brooklyn, NY worksite

Control Your Operating Costs
Budget Tips for Co-ops, Condos & HOAs

In their October, 2015 edition The Cooperator reported that “in the context of multifamily communities, there are two kinds of budgets: a capital, or reserve budget, and an operating budget. Capital budgets apply to long-term, big-ticket projects like new roofs or an HVAC overhaul. By contrast, the operating budget covers recurring monthly expenses such as salaries, taxes, utilities, insurance and maintenance items. In creating and managing their operating budget, co-op/condo boards must try to predict expenses, balance cash inflow and outflow, and keep a lid on unnecessary spending…But planning for the future—not just next year, but two, three, five, and ten years down the line—is” a crucial component to any such budget process.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with building and unit owners, property managers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, building superintendents, and other related parties regarding their budgeting and capital improvement project needs. Our firm specializes in the performance of Physical Condition Surveys and assisting our clients with the preparation of Reserve Fund Reports. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

EPA and Partners Announce National Plan to Prevent Lung Cancer Deaths Due to Radon Exposure 

On November 10, 2015 The U.S. EPA announced that “a strategy for preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths annually by 2020 through radon exposure reduction strategies. Exposure to radioactive radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The goal to save these lives will be achieved by reducing high radon levels in five million homes, apartments, schools and childcare centers…The National Radon Action Plan: A Strategy for Saving Lives sets out strategies to drive the changes needed to reduce exposure to radon. Strategies include requiring radon testing and reduction systems as a standard practice in housing finance and insurance programs, and institutionalizing radon risk reduction through building code requirements”.

“Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium in the ground. Nearly all soils contain some naturally occurring uranium. Radon seeps up from the soil into buildings where it can accumulate to high levels. Since radon is invisible and odorless, dangerous levels can exist indoors without occupants knowing. Testing is the only way to know the radon level in your home or school. Exposure to radon causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, managers, purchasers, and related real estate professionals regarding radon and the associated mitigation systems, as well as to test for the presence of radon gas within structures. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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