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Translation of the NIST World Trade Center Investigation Recommendations into Building Codes

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC)

In late 2005, NIST awarded a contract to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to assist NIST in translating the recommendations resulting from its World Trade Center investigation into the model building codes. Issues related to practices, standards, and codes arising from the WTC study recommendations include the need for increased structural integrity, enhanced fire resistance of structures, new methods for fire-resistance design of structures, enhanced active fire protection, improved building evacuation, improved emergency response, improved procedures and practices, and improved education and training for engineers and architects.

To begin the process of translating the NIST recommendations, the NIBS Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) focused primarily on the codes of the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) but also has involved development of a suggested strategy for identifying changes needed in various standards of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and others. The committee was co-chaired by Gerald Jones, retired building official from Kansas City, and Herman Brice, Fire Rescue Administrator for West Palm Beach County.


Meetings Information

May 1, 2006 - Meeting to Discuss IBC Code Change Proposal for Progressive/Disproportionate Collapse

February 23-24, 2006 - Meeting of the NIBS/MMC

December 8-9, 2006 -  Meeting of the NIBS/MMC

October 24-25, 2005 - Meeting of NIBS Building Code Experts