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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

NIST Reports Stricter Adherence to Standards and Codes, Recognition of Storm Surge as Keys to Minimizing Structural Damage from Hurricanes
Release Date: 06/09/2006

Performance of Physical Structures in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita: A Reconnaissance Report (NIST Technical Note 1476) (7 mb .pdf file, … more

NIST Software Makes Fire Gear Choice Easier
Release Date: 06/08/2006

Firefighters know that protective "turnout gear" (pants and coats) can save their lives. Yet because there are several different attributes of … more

Progressive-Disportionate Collapse Provisions
Release Date: 04/14/2006

The United Kingdom has a progressive collapse standard Standards to avoid progressive collapse Large panel Construction since 1968. The standard … more

Site Tracks Implementation of Trade Center Suggestions
Release Date: 02/16/2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has implemented a Web-based system ( … more

Fire Panel Changes Offer Real-Time Fire Status Data
Release Date: 02/02/2006

Fire panels, or “annunciators,” are electronic devices that display data on building conditions in one easily accessible location. When used by … more

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