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November 2010 Newsletter

What’s New

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. has once again been selected to represent the Professional Engineers of Rockland County at the NYS Society of Professional Engineers Board of Directors meeting in Albany, NY.

Recent Projects

  • Site consultation regarding water intrusion and runoff control for a structure located in New City, NY
  • Retained for the Forensic Engineering analysis of fire sprinkler pipe system failures at a residential complex located in New Rochelle, NY
  • Consulted regarding the failure of a weld on a hoist in Long Island, NY

US Home Energy Efficiency               Little Changed

The Washington Post reported on September 30th that “despite advances in technology that have made many home appliances far more energy efficient,” American home energy usage “has changed little since the early 1970s,” and “a key reason…is that American homes are getting bigger, which means more space to heat and cool. And consumers are buying more and more power-sucking gadgets — meaning that kilowatts saved by dishwashers and refrigerators are often used up by flat-screen televisions, computers and digital video recorders.” So “environmental groups as well as some in the utilities business are trying to find ways to end this long period of no change,” because “as the country’s population grows and we build more homes, the fight against greenhouse gas emissions will require that every home use much less energy than current levels.” To that end, “the Department of Energy is now rolling out tougher energy-efficiency standards,” and “some electric utilities are even looking for ways to sell less of their product”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to assist building owners and property managers with lowering their utility bills.  Our firm President, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., is a member of ASHRAE, and, as reported in our May 2010 newsletter, 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. 

National Academy of Engineering says government should reduce noise levels in U.S. 

The AP reported on October 8th that the National Academy of Engineering “said Thursday the government should take steps to make America a quieter place. Loud noises can damage hearing and even lower levels can disrupt sleep patterns, the study said.” The academy’s report noted that “reducing the noise levels to which Americans are exposed will require cooperation among engineers, industrial management and government in many disciplines, and it will not be accomplished in a short time.” According to the report, “major sources of noise are transportation, machinery and consumer products”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to assist building owners, property managers, facilities operators, etc. with measuring and reducing noise emissions from their systems and equipment.  We have assisted both government and private industry clients with such services in the past, and have also been asked to provide Forensic Engineering consulting services on such matters.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients.

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