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Building and Fire Research Portal - Overview

The mission of the building and fire research programs at NIST is to anticipate and meet the measurement science, standards, and technology needs of the U.S. building and fire safety industries in areas of critical national need. Strategic goals include net-zero energy high-performance buildings, advancing infrastructure delivery and improving construction productivity through information integration and automation technologies, sustainable infrastructure materials, innovative fire protection, and disaster-resilient structures and communities, which includes work on hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. NIST has specific statutory responsibilities for fire prevention and control, earthquake hazards reduction, windstorm impact reduction, and building and fire safety investigations.

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The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility

The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) is a unique laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in … more

The National Fire Research Laboratory

The National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) is adding a unique facility that will serve as a center of excellence for fireperformance of … more

Line Heat-Source Guarded Hot Plate

The 1-meter guarded hot-plate apparatus measures thermal conductivity of building insulation. This facility provides for absolute measurement of … more

Large-Scale Structures Testing Facility

The large-scale structures testing facility consists of a universal testing machine (UTM), and a 13.7m-high reaction buttress equipped with a … more

Fire Emulator/Detector Evaluator

The fire emulator/detector evaluator (FE/DE) is a computer-controlled flow tunnel used to re-create the environments surrounding detectors in the … more

Large Fire Research Facility

As the federal government's principal fire research laboratory, EL maintains some of the country's best and most extensive fire testing … more

IFC File Analyzer

The IFC File Analyzer generates a spreadsheet from an IFC file. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is the data exchange standard used to facilitate … more


SteelVis is a viewer for CIS/2 files and a translator from CIS/2 to IFC files.  Uses are described below. There is no IFC to CIS/2 translator. The … more

Software: BEES

The BEES ( B uilding for E nvironmental and E conomic S ustainability) software brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting … more

Software: CONTAM

CONTAM is a multizone indoor air quality and ventilation analysis computer program designed to help you determine: (a) airflows: infiltration, … more

Stokes Three-Dimensional Permeability Solver

(Return to Cement Hydration and Degradation Modeling Software) A set of C and Fortran computer programs have been developed for computing the … more

CEMHYD3D Software

(Return to Cement Hydration and Degradation Modeling Software) Version 1.0 of CEMHYD3D included three computer programs (statsimp.c, corrcalc.c, … more



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