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July 2010 Newsletter

What’s New

On July 1, 2010, the New York City Energy Conservation
Code (NYCECC) became effective.  The NYCECC is considered to be more stringent than the state energy code and applies to all new building and alteration projects filed on or after July 1, 2010.

Recent Projects

  • Consultation regarding concerns of a collapsing garage structure in Rockland County, NY
  • Retained to analyze the code compliance of glazing utilized in French doors in a Bronx, NY apartment building
  • Consultation regarding playground safety at a school located in New York, NY

German Bank To Study Savings From Retrofitting NYC Buildings

On June 1st the New York Times reported that “The practice of retrofitting buildings with simple, environmentally friendly technology like more-efficient boilers and better-quality windows has been around for years, but there is little research on how much energy these changes actually save – and by extension, how much money they can save landlords and lenders.”  So, “in an effort to supply that information, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the German bank, is financing the creation of a public database of several hundred retrofitted buildings in New York City and a companion report to determine the savings from such moves.”  The Deutsche Bank/Living Cities Building Energy Efficiency Data Report “was begun last fall when the bank brought together an advisory committee that included utilities like Con Edison, city agencies like the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and lenders like the Community Preservation Corporation”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide guidance to its clientele regarding the savings and energy efficiency of building upgrades and improvements.  In fact, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., firm President, lectured on this very topic to the Rockland County Board of Realtors Green Building Council on the evening of July 6th.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

Inspection Flaws Led to Collapse of Subway Ceiling, Report Finds 

On June 28th the New York Times reported that an audit of New York City Transit has revealed “systemic weaknesses” in the city’s station inspection programs.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s inspector general conducted the audit following the collapse of a brick ceiling in one of the system’s train stations in 2009.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide such auditing services to ensure that inspections are performed in a timely, efficient, and standards-compliant manner.  As reported in our April 2010 newsletter, our firm recently conducted an audit for the NYC School Construction Authority Office of the Inspector General regarding the adequacy of certain plumbing and fire suppression system renovations made in certain recently renovated schools.  We have also been recently approached to be part of a proposing team to provide similar auditing services for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients.

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