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NIST Status Update on World Trade Center 7 Investigation
Release Date: 06/29/2007

A team of scientists and engineers at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is investigating the … more

Fans Clear High-Rise Stairwells of Smoke
Release Date: 06/21/2007

High pressure fans that direct air flow up the stairway of a burning high-rise building can increase the effectiveness of firefighters and the … more

NIST Fire Experts Examine Charleston Building Collapse
Release Date: 06/21/2007

On June 19, 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent four fire experts to Charleston, S.C., to gather information and … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Spur New Model Building Codes
Release Date: 06/21/2007

Safer buildings—especially tall structures—that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first … more

First Comprehensive Set of Model Code Changes Adopted Based on Recommendations from Commerce's NIST World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: 06/20/2007

GAITHERSBURG, Md.-Safer buildings-especially tall structures-that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal … more

Building Retrofits Reduce Chem/Bio Hazards Risks
Release Date: 06/08/2007

A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers building … more

Fifteen Named to Earthquake Hazards Reduction Advisory Committee
Release Date: 02/28/2007

William Jeffrey, director of the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named 15 distinguished … more

NIST Test Fans the Flames for High-Rise Fire Safety
Release Date: 11/22/2006

Members of a research team watch flames erupt from an abandoned Chicago apartment building during a Nov. 10 test of positive pressure ventilation … more

Enhanced Air Quality Modeling Software Available
Release Date: 11/22/2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced that an enhanced version of its CONTAM indoor air quality modeling … more

NIST’s World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: 09/08/2006

(9/8/2006, ARCHIVE, incorporated into 9/19/2011 update ) What is NIST? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of … more

New Fact Sheet Addresses Questions on WTC Report
Release Date: 08/31/2006

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final report in October 2005 from its technical investigation of the … more

Workshops Address How to Avoid Progressive Collapse
Release Date: 08/31/2006

The 1995 bombing that triggered the collapse of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., first raised concerns in the United … more

Commerce's NIST Sending Experts to Examine Missouri Building Collapse
Release Date: 06/27/2006

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is immediately sending … more

Improved Rating for Residential Fuel Cells
Release Date: 06/22/2006

A new performance rating system for residential fuel cells developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can help … more

Rooftop PV Data for Better Energy Prediction Models
Release Date: 06/22/2006

  NIST’s new Roof Photovoltaic Test Facility duplicates real-life conditions to monitor photovoltaic (PV) systems blended into concrete tile, … more

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