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June 2015 Newsletter

What’s New

June 2015 is proving to be a very busy month aroundYarmus Engineering, P.C.  In addition to our current heavy work-load, our president, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., is being installed as both President-Electof the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the ASCE and Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Region of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers.  Please join us in wishing him success in both of these endeavors in the year ahead!

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of water intrusion conditions at the lower level of a Manhattan mixed-use luxury residential and commercial building
  • Consultation regarding structural failure conditions at the foundation of a building located in Airmont, NY 
  • Certification of appropriateness for demolition of a structure located in the Town of Clarkstown, NY  

Sprinkler systems could become law in new home construction

On April 29th NewsChannel 13, NBC of Albany, NY reported that “sprinkler systems could soon be required in all new one and two family homes in New York…Firefighters have been pushing for this mandate, while the New York State Builders Association has been fighting it…NewsChannel 13 put those sprinklers to the test…by lighting two rooms on fire to show you what your home would look like with a sprinkler system and without one…It took just two and a half minutes from when we lit a trash can on fire, to the whole mock living room erupting in flames – the TV set exploding, the temperature nearing 2,000 degrees…“In most of the areas around New York State we’re protected by volunteers and even where we have career firefighters, the time to respond is anywhere from three to eight to 12 minutes,” said Jerry Deluca, executive director of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of 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.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Commercial Buildings

Last month we reported that the Department of State was developing a rule that would add provisions applicable to carbon monoxide detecting devices to the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code which would apply to all new and existing commercial buildings and restaurants.  That rule has now been finalized, and the new regulations will be contained in a new Section 1228.4 of the Code.  While the effective date of the regulation has yet to be announced, you can read the text of the new draft rule online by clicking here.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. will continue to monitor and report on this and other code developments, and we will notify you with timely updates when possible.  Pleasecontact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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