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NIST Fire Protection Engineer Wins Service to America Medal
Release Date: 10/18/2013

Fire protection engineer Daniel Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was honored on Oct. 3, 2013, with a … more

Knowing Exposure Risks Important to Saving Structures from Wildfires
Release Date: 09/03/2013

A recent study of one of California's most devastating wildland fires by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. … more

Air Conditioner "Evolves" in Novel NIST Study
Release Date: 09/03/2013

Played out on a computer over hundreds of generations, a survival-of-the-fittest programming method adapted by National Institute of Standards and … more

Limestone Powder Enhances Performance of 'Green' Concrete
Release Date: 09/03/2013

Adding limestone powder to "green" concrete mixtures—those containing substantial amounts of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-burning power plants—can … more

Two Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: 09/03/2013

Two earthquake authorities from academia and the private sector have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for … more

Study Provides Details on Portable Generator Emissions and Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Release Date: 07/10/2013

Despite warnings to the contrary, many people continue to operate portable generators indoors or close to open windows, doors, or vents, resulting … more

NIST Announces Three Funding Opportunities in Engineering Research
Release Date: 06/26/2013

Funding opportunities for research in the areas of disaster-resilient buildings and communities, sustainable construction and manufacturing, and … more

New NIST Test for Firefighter Breathing Equipment Goes into Effect Sept. 1
Release Date: 06/25/2013

As of Sept. 1, 2013, standard firefighter breathing equipment cannot be certified to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards unless … more

Workshop Identifies Research Priorities to Mitigate Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Release Date: 05/28/2013

Over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas at risk of wildfires. A new publication* from the National Institute of … more

Terracotta and Cement Roofs Vulnerable in Wildfires, NIST Study Finds
Release Date: 05/14/2013

Although made of fire-resistant materials, terracotta and cement roof tiles are vulnerable to penetration by windblown embers generated in … more

New Report Identifies Strategies to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes
Release Date: 05/14/2013

Chances are you know how many miles your car logs for each gallon or tankful of gas, but you probably have only a foggy idea of how much energy … more

NIST Fire Protection Engineer Named Service to America Finalist
Release Date: 05/07/2013

NIST's Daniel Madrzykowski is a finalist for the 2013 Service to America medals. Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Daniel Madrzykowski, a … more

Landmark NIST Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires
Release Date: 04/17/2013

When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly faster in … more

Prototype Generators Emit Much Less Carbon Monoxide, NIST Finds
Release Date: 04/17/2013

Portable electric generators retrofitted with off-the-shelf hardware by the University of Alabama (UA) emitted significantly lower levels of … more

Landmark High-Rise Fire Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes, Elevator Use
Release Date: 04/10/2013

PHOENIX – When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly … more

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