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Elevators Seen as Playing Hi-Rise Fire Evacuation Role
Release Date: 10/25/2007

“In case of fire use the stairs, not the elevator”—appears on signs posted in elevator lobbies throughout the United States. In the aftermath of … more

NIST Official Testifies on Fire Research Program
Release Date: 10/11/2007

On Oct. 2, 2007, S. Shyam Sunder, director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Home Sprinklers Score ‘A’ in NIST Cost-Benefit Study
Release Date: 10/11/2007

Sometimes life-saving technologies seem beyond the reach of the average person. If you put residential fire sprinklers in that category, think … more

NIST Firebrand Device Could Save U.S. and Japanese Homes
Release Date: 09/13/2007

Crackling embers and glowing firebrands might make for a romantic evening in front of the fireplace, but for homeowners in high fire-risk areas, … more

Fire Tests Examine Structural Collapse Hazards and Warning Devices
Release Date: 08/30/2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted experiments this week in Sharon Hill, Pa., on the hazards of fires under … more

NIST Begins Technical Study of S.C. Warehouse Fire
Release Date: 07/20/2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is beginning a technical study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the … more

NIST Begins Technical Study of South Carolina Warehouse Fire
Release Date: 07/16/2007

GAITHERSBURG, MD—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is beginning a technical … more

NIST Status Update on World Trade Center 7 Investigation
Release Date: 06/29/2007

A team of scientists and engineers at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is investigating the … more

Fans Clear High-Rise Stairwells of Smoke
Release Date: 06/21/2007

High pressure fans that direct air flow up the stairway of a burning high-rise building can increase the effectiveness of firefighters and the … more

NIST Fire Experts Examine Charleston Building Collapse
Release Date: 06/21/2007

On June 19, 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent four fire experts to Charleston, S.C., to gather information and … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Spur New Model Building Codes
Release Date: 06/21/2007

Safer buildings—especially tall structures—that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first … more

First Comprehensive Set of Model Code Changes Adopted Based on Recommendations from Commerce's NIST World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: 06/20/2007

GAITHERSBURG, Md.-Safer buildings-especially tall structures-that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal … more

Building Retrofits Reduce Chem/Bio Hazards Risks
Release Date: 06/08/2007

A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers building … more

Fifteen Named to Earthquake Hazards Reduction Advisory Committee
Release Date: 02/28/2007

William Jeffrey, director of the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named 15 distinguished … more

NIST Test Fans the Flames for High-Rise Fire Safety
Release Date: 11/22/2006

Members of a research team watch flames erupt from an abandoned Chicago apartment building during a Nov. 10 test of positive pressure ventilation … more

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