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The mission of the building and fire research programs at NIST is to anticipate and meet the measurement science, standards, and technology needs of the U.S. building and fire safety industries in areas of critical national need. Strategic goals include net-zero energy high-performance buildings, advancing infrastructure delivery and improving construction productivity through information integration and automation technologies, sustainable infrastructure materials, innovative fire protection, and disaster-resilient structures and communities, which includes work on hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. NIST has specific statutory responsibilities for fire prevention and control, earthquake hazards reduction, windstorm impact reduction, and building and fire safety investigations.

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Instruments
Integrating Sphere-based Weathering Device

In the artificial ultraviolet (UV) weathering of materials, a need exists for weathering devices that can uniformly illuminate test specimens with … more

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Wildland-Urban Interface Fires

wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires. NIST with US Forest Service (USFS) have invested in the development of instrument packages and measurement … more

Cone Calorimeter

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the fire community was pushing for reliable bench-scale tools to measure material flammability based on heat … more

Standard Firebrand Generator

This apparatus, developed at EL, has been constructed to generate a controlled and repeatable size and mass distribution of glowing firebrands. … more

Indoor Air Quality Test House

In order to enable studies of a range of indoor air quality and ventilation issues, EL maintains a highly instrumented three-bedroom test house. … more

VOC emissions chambers

In order to support the development of test methods and reference materials for volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from building materials … more

Software
IFC File Analyzer

The IFC File Analyzer generates a spreadsheet from an IFC file. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is the data exchange standard used to facilitate … more

VCCTL Software

(Return to Cement Hydration and Degradation Modeling Software) The Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory (VCCTL) software provides a … more

SteelVis

SteelVis is a viewer for CIS/2 files and a translator from CIS/2 to IFC files.  Uses are described below. There is no IFC to CIS/2 translator. The … more

Software: BEES

The BEES ( B uilding for E nvironmental and E conomic S ustainability) software brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting … more

Software: CONTAM

CONTAM is a multizone indoor air quality and ventilation analysis computer program designed to help you determine: (a) airflows: infiltration, … more

Stokes Three-Dimensional Permeability Solver

(Return to Cement Hydration and Degradation Modeling Software) A set of C and Fortran computer programs have been developed for computing the … more

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