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July 2016 Newsletter

What’s New

Please join us in congratulating firm President, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., on his election to the National Executive Board of NSPE’s Professional Engineers in Construction Practice Division, where he will be serving as Chair-Elect, while he continues to serve in the Executive Board positions he already holds on the state and local levels.

Recent Projects

  • Inspection and engineering consultation regarding facade failure concerns at a masonry structure located in Nyack, NY
  • Forensic engineering consulting services regarding a Labor Law claim for an HVAC repair project accident on a site located in New York City
  • Consultation regarding parking lot lighting and repair concerns for a property located in Brooklyn, NY

Building codes are the building blocks of construction safety

On June 29th the International Code Council reported on an article published on which stated that “building codes were put in place to protect us and establish minimum standards for construction. It’s important that builders and contractors stay up to date on local building codes, as well as any updates that are made to code. Building codes change depending on where you live, and there might be various codes that builders need to comply with…as well as provincial and municipal building codes… It is also important for them to understand why building codes dictate that certain building practices are followed. There are consequences for not doing things right, and builders need to ensure — before they start construction — that they are following the proper code to build a safe structure… Building codes can…change based on new research and information that improve buildings’ performance. That can include flood proofing, fire resistance, structural strength, building for high winds, and building sustainably to making sure we have safe drinking water, proper airflow and higher energy efficiency. When research shows us ways we can improve building safety, those changes can make their way into building codes.Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of all such code developments so that we can incorporate same into our designs, and so that we can inform our clientele of such new regulations which might affect their properties. Firm President, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., just recently completed his 2016 annual continuing education training, and sat for the 2016 NYS Code Update exam, in order to maintain his certification as a NYS Code Enforcement Official. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Transition From Sponsor Control

On June 29th the Cooperator New York reported that “New York boards have a more difficult time understanding and managing the transition process than other places in the country because specific rules and regulations exist elsewhere to guide them through the process, according to experts at a recent Community Associations Institute Big Apple chapter panel. Boards have to rely on their professionals: attorneys, managing agents, accountants, engineers and others, to help them navigate the sometimes confusing process of transitioning from sponsor control. Transition occurs in newly constructed buildings or in conversions when the sponsor, usually a developer, relinquishes control after a certain percentage of units are sold or after a period of time passes.”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, managers, tenant associations, and related real estate entities regarding condominiums, cooperatives, and other types of structures regarding transitions and conversions of ownership, building code requirements, property maintenance, ADA requirements and standards, emergency preparedness plans, and other related property management issues. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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