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September 2016 Newsletter

What’s New

The NYS Department of State is developing a rule that would amend the Building Code to allow temporary building usage that is not consistent with the existing occupancy classification, if certain safety requirements are met. Additional information may be found on The Division of Building Standards and Codes website.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic Engineering consultation regarding Labor Law claims on a roofing project in Staten Island, NY
  • Survey and testing of a premises in advance of a gas pipeline installation project in Tomkins Cove, NY
  • Consultation regarding the permissible slope at the entrance to a national restaurant franchise located in Brooklyn, NY

New York State Provides Funding for Construction of Energy-Efficient Housing

On August 8th New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reported that “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo…announced the availability of $16 million through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to support the design and construction of new energy-efficient housing and to complete similar improvements in existing buildings across New York State. Improvements in energy efficiency, particularly in the construction of new residential houses and apartment buildings, is a critical component of the Governor’s nation-leading Clean Energy Standard, which requires 50 percent of the state’s power to come from renewable sources by 2030. Homes and buildings that take advantage of this support are projected to see annual energy cost savings of more than $9 million and total lifetime savings of as much as $180 million, as well as improved household comfort and indoor air quality”.Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, managers, purchasers, and related real estate professionals regarding their potential construction and alteration projects, including energy efficiency goals. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Enforcement Of New Safety Reporting Rule Provisions

On July 29th Engineering News-Record reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “has pushed back the enforcement date of certain portions of its new injury-and-illness record-keeping rule that were to have gone into effect in August”. The agency changed the enforcement date to November 1. OSHA’s action “came one day after a coalition of industry groups filed an emergency motion in a federal district court to prevent the provisions from going into effect”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of such developments regarding worker safety regulations, and we endeavor to keep our clientele informed of any legislation which might affect their projects we are consulting with them on. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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