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NIST Releases WTC 7 Investigation Report for Public Comment
Release Date: 09/03/2008

The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to … more

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse
Release Date: 08/21/2008

Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center … more

NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7
Release Date: 08/18/2008

*** Agency Will Hold Public Webcast on August 21 *** Gaithersburg, Md. -- The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Three Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: 08/06/2008

Three new experts have been tapped to serve on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) of the National Earthquake Hazards … more

NIST Debuts New Approach to Ad Hoc Networks for First Responders
Release Date: 08/06/2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers successfully demonstrated a prototype approach to maintain two-way … more

High Rise Fire Fighting—Effective Use of Positive Pressure Ventilation
Release Date: 06/24/2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers recently released a two-disk DVD set that demonstrates how Positive Pressure … more

Comments Requested on Draft Earthquake Hazards Plan
Release Date: 04/15/2008

Earthquakes cannot be prevented, but their impacts on life, property and the economy can and should be managed. That’s the challenge that Congress … more

NIST Evaluates Firefighting Tactics In NYC High-Rise Test
Release Date: 03/18/2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire protection engineers turned an abandoned New York City (NYC) brick high-rise into a … more

Web Site Offers Easy Access to Life-Saving Fire Service Research
Release Date: 03/18/2008

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Web site offers easy access to reports of NIST fire investigations, summaries of … more

Energy Upgrades Pay Off for Taxpayers and Feds
Release Date: 03/05/2008

Buildings account for 40 percent of the energy consumed within the United States and a similar percentage of carbon dioxide emissions. National … more

Failure Investigations Report Highlights Efforts for Safer Buildings
Release Date: 03/05/2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has submitted to Congress the annual report of activities under the National … more

NIST Building Safety Efforts Mark Fifth Anniversary of R.I. Nightclub Fire
Release Date: 02/19/2008

Five years ago on Feb. 20, 2003, pyrotechnics lit during a concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., started a rapidly spreading … more

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


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