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March 2015 Newsletter

What’s New

The 12th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO will be taking place on Sunday, March 22nd at White Plains High School. As one of the founding members of this event, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. looks forward to your participation. Additional information is available online

Recent Projects

  • Code compliance evaluation and certification to the municipal building department for a structure constructed without required inspection and approval in Rockland County, NY
  • Design of structural reinforcements for exterior fixtures at a tri-state area airport 
  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding marine construction site safety in New York City

DOE Wants Updated Efficiency Standards For Natural Gas-Powered Furnaces

On February 11th reported that “The Department of Energy (DOE) wants to updateefficiency standards for residential natural gas-powered furnace for the first time in more than 20 years. Under the new regulations, newly built furnaces would have to reach a 92 percent fuel utilization efficiency rate. The proposed rule…would be similar to standards released last week for commercial furnaces. The residential rule would result in net savings of up to $16.1 billion for consumers, DOE estimated”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with business, home, and building owners, as well as property managers, condominium and cooperative boards, etc. regarding heating system efficiency measures, including system upgrades, replacements, control modifications, new technology initiatives, etc. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

City shells out $20M over kids’ playground injuries

On March 1st The New York Post reported that “injuries on city playgrounds cost taxpayers $20 million in the last decade – with parents filing 577 claims against the Parks Department, a comptroller report reveals. The personal injury claims jumped 53 percent from fiscal year 2005 to 2014, according to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s ClaimStat, a data-driven program to find trouble spots at city agencies by analyzing lawsuits filed against them. ‘Most playground injuries are skinned knees or elbows, but sometimes accidents do occur,’ Stringer told The Post. ‘We owe it to these kids to make sure they’re as safe as can be.’ He said ClaimStat data shows the city must do its ‘due diligence’ before spring arrives to ensure park safety. ‘We need to not only reduce claims against the city, but to protect our children,’ he added”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with schools, municipalities, homeowners, and attorneys regarding playground safety and the proper installation of appropriate equipment, surfacing, bleachers, etc.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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