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NIST Deploys Experts to Assist in California Fires
Release Date: 09/03/2009

Ongoing Effort Aims to Aid Understanding, Mitigation of Wildfires in Urban Areas The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and … more

Shake, Rattle, No Roll: Construction Guide for Earthquake-Resistant Buildings
Release Date: 07/28/2009

A guide* for designing buildings using steel moment frames to resist earthquakes has been published by the National Institute of Standards and … more

NYPD Report on Protecting Buildings Adopts NIST WTC Recommendations
Release Date: 07/14/2009

A recently released New York City Police Department (NYPD) report designed "to aid the New York City building community by providing information … more

NIST Study Offers First Detailed Look at the Progress of a Wildland-Urban Fire
Release Date: 06/16/2009

A wildfire rages across southern California wildlands towards residential communities, endangering residents and firefighters and sending property … more

NIST Processes to Help Build Next-Generation Nuclear Power Plants
Release Date: 06/02/2009

Information exchange processes developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be at the center of the effort to … more

New Study: Home Energy Savings Are Made in the Shade
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Trees positioned to shade the west and south sides of a house may decrease summertime electric bills by 5 percent on average, according to a … more

NIST Researcher Dan Madrzykowski Named Fire Service Instructor of the Year
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Daniel Madrzykowski Credit: NIST Daniel Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology was named George D. Post Instructor of … more

High Rise Fire Study Provides Insight Into Deadly Wind-Driven Fires
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have just published two reports providing details of how wind … more

NIST Stairwell Evacuation Study Finds 'What We Know We Don't Know'
Release Date: 03/24/2009

Most of the time, we use the stairs in buildings—especially in high-rise structures—only as a back-up for faster elevators and escalators, but … more

Comments Sought on NIST Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance
Release Date: 03/10/2009

A new draft report released for public comment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a comprehensive set of "best … more

NIST and French Lab to Study Weathering of Advanced Composites for Bridges and Piers
Release Date: 02/24/2009

Weather SPHERE: Researchers from France's National Scientific and Technological Institute and NIST will work together to learn more about the … more

Live Fire Experiments Examine Impact of Changes in Firefighting Resources
Release Date: 02/10/2009

Minutes after a two-story townhouse caught fire on Feb. 5, engines and crews raced to the townhouse to extinguish the fire and search for victims. … more

Live Fire Experiments Provide Data on the Effects of Fire Resources -- Results Could Help Local Governments Make Informed Resource Decisions
Release Date: 02/05/2009

ROCKVILLE, Md.—At a live demonstration of fire safety experiments today, a group of firefighting, public safety and scientific organizations … more

Viscosity-Enhancing Nanomaterials May Double Service Life of Concrete
Release Date: 01/27/2009

Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are patenting a method that is expected to double the service life of … more

Carbon Nanofibers Cut Flammability of Upholstered Furniture
Release Date: 12/09/2008

Carbon, the active ingredient in charcoal, is normally not considered a fire retardant, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more


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