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December 2017 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

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of more than 40 million Kidde disposable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. due to nozzle malfunction. The extinguishers may not work during a fire emergency; the nozzles may become clogged and require excessive force to use.

Recent Projects

  • ADA compliance evaluation for a retail hardware store located in Manhattan
  • Coefficient of friction evaluation and consultation regarding a hotel property located in Newport, RI
  • Certification of visual observations of tiered retaining wall for comparison with existing design for municipal filing in Haverstraw, NY

With Construction Worker Deaths Up, City Council Tightens Regulations

On September 27, 2017 The New York Times reported that “for months, lawmakers, real estate groups and construction workers have agreed on the need to tighten safety regulations at construction sites in New York City, after an alarming surge in worker deaths. But for months, a seemingly straightforward effort to do so has languished, amid concerns that a proposal to increase safety training requirements would put minority and nonunion laborers out of work. The City Council finally reached a consensus on Wednesday, voting unanimously to approve a bill requiring workers on most construction sites to undergo at least 40 hours of safety training. The vote came less than one week after two construction workers died on the same day in separate accidents in Manhattan”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with building and unit owners, property managers, employers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, building superintendents, and other related parties regarding such site safety matters. Our firm’s staff has been recognized as experts in these fields, and has provided “expert witness” testimony on such matters in courts located in various states.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Could stretch codes supercharge the green building marketplace?

On November 10, 2017 GreenBiz reported that “while the number of green buildings has grown dramatically over the last decade, the pace of construction still falls far short of what is needed to make a meaningful difference in reducing carbon emissions from the building sector or take full advantage of what the energy efficiency industry has to offer…For the majority of structures that are built outside of green building circles — where there is little incentive and guidance for constructing energy-efficient, sustainable buildings — the main driver of energy performance is the local building energy code. While national model codes, which provide the basis for local codes, have advanced in recent years, many places mandating earlier versions of the code don’t follow best practices in energy efficiency, leaving millions of dollars on the table in lost energy savings and business opportunities…Increasingly, states, cities and businesses are ramping up commitments to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector and accelerate building energy efficiency”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, managers, purchasers, and related real estate professionals regarding their potential construction and alteration projects, including energy efficiency goals. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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