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June 2011 Newsletter

What’s New

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. has been invited by his alma mater, Cornell University, to be a guest lecturer.  Mr. Yarmus looks forward to having an opportunity to share his experience with and enhance the education of future engineers.

Recent Projects

  • Consultation regarding site runoff control alternatives at a property in Valley Cottage, NY
  • Provided Forensic Engineering consulting services regarding an accident involving a fall from a ladder in Long Island, NY 
  • Review and analysis of the cause of multiple water heater failures at a residence located in Valley Cottage, NY

DOE releases guides for designing energy-efficient buildings

The Department of Energy has launched the first Advanced Energy Design Guide series, developed to assist engineers and architects in the design of energy-efficient buildings. The guides contain recommendations to help achieve 50% energy savings on small and medium-sized buildings. It suggests designers use various energy-saving designs for building envelope assemblies, daylighting, heating and cooling systems and more.  To learn more about the Design Guide series, and/or to obtain the link to download your own copy of these guides, please visit the website of Environmental Leader and/or The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with builders, building owners, property managers, architects, and contractors regarding energy code requirements and energy-efficiency enhancements for their buildings.  As reported in our May 2010 newsletter, 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.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

Replacement of Tappan Zee Bridge deck begins 

A new Tappan Zee Bridge could cost $16 billion — money that is not available except perhaps in the form of a public-private partnership. That means the 56-year-old deck of the bridge across the Hudson River in New York will be replaced instead — with concrete and steel, that could extend its life by up to 20 years — at a cost of $149 million. On May 17th, Mid-Hudson News Network reported on the efforts underway in Albany to allow Public-private partnerships to finance the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

As reported in our March 2011 newsletterAndrew R. Yarmus, P.E. assisted in planning a panel discussion on the topic of Public-Private Partnership options for the Tappan Zee Bridge earlier this year for members of the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as other interested engineers and members of the community at large.  Please contact our office for additional information regarding this topic and/or the panel discussion which took place on April 7th in White Plains, NY.

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