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Renovating Spaces and Preserving Places with Lasers
Release Date: 02/10/2016

When you want to preserve a place or enhance a space, sometimes the best approach is to take a laser to it. Not a cosmetic surgeon’s scalpel, or a … more

Evaluating Investments in Community Resilience: New Guide Explains How
Release Date: 01/04/2016

Communities weighing choices for capital improvement projects intended to improve their resilience to severe weather, wildfires, earthquakes, or … more

Harris Named to NCST Advisory Committee; NIST Seeks Additional Members
Release Date: 12/08/2015

James R. Harris, president, J.R. Harris and Co. (Denver, Colo.), has been appointed by Willie E. May, under secretary of commerce for standards … more

First Code Improvements Adopted Based on NIST Joplin Tornado Study
Release Date: 12/07/2015

Protecting schools and their associated high-occupancy buildings from the most violent tornadoes is the goal of the first approved building code … more

Small Business Have a Role in Community Resilience
Release Date: 11/24/2015

Guest blog post by Stephen A. Cauffman , Manager, NIST Community Resilience Program Keep the doors open, equipment running and orders coming in. … more

Four Agencies Join with NIST to Co-Sponsor New Community Resilience Panel
Release Date: 11/13/2015

Four federal agencies have joined with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to sponsor a new independent panel devoted to … more

NIST Study of Colorado Wildfire Shows Actions Can Change Outcomes
Release Date: 11/09/2015

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—A new study of Colorado’s devastating 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire demonstrates that prompt and effective action can significantly … more

Hazards Shouldn’t Lead to Disasters: NIST Releases New Community Resilience Planning Guide
Release Date: 10/29/2015

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today issued the Community Resilience … more

NIST Seeks Members for New Panel to Help Communities Become More Resilient
Release Date: 09/01/2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks members for a new Community Resilience Panel, part of the institute’s effort to … more

Updating State Energy Codes for New Homes Would Deliver Significant National Savings
Release Date: 09/01/2015

If every state in the nation adopted up-to-date residential building energy efficiency codes—only 10 states have done so—the energy savings … more

At NIST Net-Zero Energy House, Energy Efficiency, Clean Air Are Compatible Goals
Release Date: 08/24/2015

You can breathe easy in the net-zero energy house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After 15 months of monitoring, … more

NIST Taps Experts in Business Continuity, Network Disaster Recovery for Community Resilience Efforts
Release Date: 06/30/2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named experts in business continuity planning and the post-disaster recovery of … more

Research Roadmap Traces the Path to ‘Smart’ Fire Fighting
Release Date: 06/18/2015

Interconnected technologies can help to reduce nation's fire toll   When responding to the more than 1.2 million blazes reported annually, the … more

Go Figure: What is the Most Efficient Design for New Single-Family Home?
Release Date: 05/06/2015

What is the optimal energy efficiency design for a new single-family house? Two economists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Seeks Community Input on Disaster Resilience Planning Guide
Release Date: 04/28/2015

Guest blog post by Willie May, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director. When disaster strikes, … more


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