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February 2018 Newsletter

What’s New

NYC Local Law 196 of 2017 will require that workers at various types of construction sites receive site safety training. This training will begin to be required starting on March 1, 2018.

Recent Projects

  • Structural engineering evaluation of a fire damaged dwelling in Blauvelt, NY 
  • Forensic engineering evaluation of plumbing system components in a Manhattan luxury high-rise building
  • Structural engineering “peer review” for the wall framing of a synagogue in Rockland County, NY

Gearing Up for EWeek and Beyond

On January 10th NSPE Update reported “Engineers Week is fast approaching—are you ready?…Originally founded by NSPE in 1951, EWeek is now so much more than seven days of activities. From Family Day at the National Building Museum on February 17 to Global Day of the Engineer on April 4, a myriad of opportunities exist to celebrate engineers and engineering…The 2018 EWeek theme: ‘Engineers: Inspiring Wonder.’“.

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., as President of the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and as Immediate Past-President of the Rockland County Chapter of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers, is helping to plan two E-week events to be held in Rockland County during the month of February.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding engineering services, and/or if you have an interest in attending either or both of these Eweek events.

Building code changes can have unintended consequences

On January 26th reported that “a study in California shows that changing codes can change a lot more than just their energy consumption…Years ago when I worked in the development industry, I asked another developer what his secret was. He was convinced that the single most important number was what people could afford per month; if interest rates went up, he would shrink the homes. If construction costs went up, the square footage went down. The product had to adapt to the market, particularly at the lower end…So what happens when building codes are tightened up to increase energy efficiency? Most real estate developers will whine that it means that the price of housing will go up and create hardship for younger and poorer buyers. But a new study from California, The Distributional Effects of Building Energy Codes, finds different results”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with developers, builders, property owners, managers, purchasers, and related real estate professionals regarding their potential design, 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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