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January 2011 Newsletter

Happy New Year
from the staff of Yarmus Engineering, P.C.
We hope that you had a wonderful Holiday Season,
and we look forward to continuing to assist you with
your engineering and inspection needs

in the new year.
We are grateful for your patronage of our firm.

What’s New

A Harrison, NY home dubbed “The Fortress of Solitude” by its owner was featured on the December 26th episode of the WNBC/LXTV show Open House.  We provided both design and certification services during the renovation of this home, and we are thrilled to have seen it enjoyed by such a large television audience!

Recent Projects

  •  Retained to provide Forensic Engineering services regarding an accident which occurred at a roof stairwell landing in Dutchess County, NY
  • Consultation and review of the circumstances regarding a plumbing failure at a construction site located in Queens, NY
  • Retained to analyze and certify whether or not an unauthorized addition to a residential home in Rockland County, NY complied with the requirements of the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code

A Mundane Approach to a
Vexing Problem

In a “green column” published on November 28th, Kate Galbraith of the New York Times reported that “Experts say the humble building code could be the key to help trim the environmental impact of America’s buildings, which account for about 40% of the country’s energy use. So far, regulators on the East and West coasts have started putting energy-reducing codes in place; still, many states lag behind, and industry watchers say many current regulations go unenforced. “The bottom line is that there’s a lot of room for improvement,” says one green-building expert”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to assist building owners and property managers with conducting energy surveys, performing building and system assessments, designing energy efficient alterations, renovations, additions, and new structures, and other similar scopes of work.  In 2010, our firm President, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., was selected to be a pilot member of the New York State ICC/BCAP Energy Code Ambassador program which was established to train code enforcement officials throughout New York State in the new Energy Code.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

New York City Energy
Conservation Code updates

To meet the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2030, the New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) sets energy-efficiency standards for new construction and alterations to existing buildings.  All new building and alteration applications filed on or after July 1, 2010 must comply with NYCECC.  Applications filed on or after December 28, 2010 must comply with the 2011 version of the NYCECC.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. vigilantly monitors applicable code updates and amendments to ensure that its clients and clientele’s projects remain compliant with applicable code requirements.  Our firm president, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. further ensures such compliance by maintaining his certification as a NYS Certified Code Enforcement Official.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

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