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Go Figure: What is the Most Efficient Design for New Single-Family Home?
Release Date: 05/06/2015

What is the optimal energy efficiency design for a new single-family house? Two economists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Seeks Community Input on Disaster Resilience Planning Guide
Release Date: 04/28/2015

Guest blog post by Willie May, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director. When disaster strikes, … more

Why Firefighters Get Steam Burns: Exploratory Study Underway
Release Date: 04/27/2015

The humidity test chamber used in the experiments. Fabric swatches are bolted to a sample box which houses a humidity and temperature sensor, and … more

NIST Releases Draft Community Resilience Planning Guide for Public Review
Release Date: 04/27/2015

Remarks by Dr. Willie E. May, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director, at the Launch of the NIST … more

NIST Makes 'Bio Inspired' Flame Retardants in a Jiffy
Release Date: 04/14/2015

After devising several new and promising "green" flame retardants for furniture padding, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

NIST to Launch Review of Resilience Planning Guide at Houston Workshop, April 27, 2015
Release Date: 04/14/2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)will issue the full draft of its Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and … more

New Publications Scope Future Research, Detail Design and Operation of NIST's Net-Zero Energy House
Release Date: 03/27/2015

The NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility in Gaithersburg, Md. Credit: Healthy Indoors Magazine/IAQ.net The National Institute of … more

NIST Names Two to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: 03/16/2015

A public health expert and a sociologist have been appointed by Willie May, acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and … more

NIST Awards $20 Million for Research Center to Help Communities Increase Resilience to Disaster
Release Date: 02/19/2015

San Diego—The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has awarded a $20 … more

NIST Modeling Study Reveals the Lethal Dynamics of a San Francisco House Fire
Release Date: 01/30/2015

A new computer-based fire-dynamics study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has helped to clarify the … more

Supercomputer Simulations Yield Method for Predicting Behavior of New Concrete Formulas
Release Date: 01/21/2015

Just because concrete is the most widely used building material in human history doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. A recent study conducted by … more

4th NIST Disaster Resilience Workshop, San Diego, Feb. 18-19, 2015
Release Date: 01/06/2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host, on Feb. 18 and 19, 2015, its fourth regional workshop devoted to developing a … more

In Tests of Promising Flame Retardants, Opposites Pair Off—And the Challenger Wins
Release Date: 12/19/2014

In a face-off between two promising flame retardants, the challenger—a nanomaterial that maintains a positive façade while sheltering a negative … more

NIST Tests: Firefighters Portable Radios May Fail at Elevated Temperatures
Release Date: 12/09/2014

New test results* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to … more

NIST Report and Video Detail Dynamics of Deadly Chicago House Fire
Release Date: 12/02/2014

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer-modeling study of a 2012 Chicago house fire reveals the conditions that … more

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