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Countdown to Net Zero: NIST Test House Pursues Energy Surplus in Final Month
Release Date: 06/02/2014

Heading into the final stretch of a year-long trial run, the experimental net-zero energy house at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Improves Performance, Capabilities of Its Computer Fire Modeling Tools
Release Date: 05/20/2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists and engineers recently enhanced the capabilities of NIST's computer fire modeling … more

Spartanburg, S.C., Fire Experiments Will Test New Firefighting Tactics
Release Date: 05/13/2014

NIST engineer works with a member of the South Carolina Fire Training Academy staff to conduct a pressure test on one of the instrumented … more

New Online Course Based on NIST Research Highlights Insights on Modern Firefighting
Release Date: 04/22/2014

A new, free, online course offered by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) highlights the tactical application of nearly two … more

NIST Issues Final Joplin Tornado Report, Begins Effort to Improve Standards and Codes
Release Date: 03/28/2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May … more

New Roadmap Outlines Research Path to Reduce Storm Impacts
Release Date: 03/26/2014

A new measurement science research and development (R&D) roadmap,* prepared for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) over … more

Over 6 Months, NIST Zero-Energy House Gives Back to the Grid
Release Date: 03/11/2014

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about … more

NIST's April 7 Workshop Launches Effort to Improve Disaster Resilience of Communities
Release Date: 03/11/2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md., will host the first of six workshops devoted to developing a … more

NIST Study Suggests Ways to Improve Common Furniture Fire Test
Release Date: 02/10/2014

The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of … more

Layered Security: Nanotubes Promise Improved Flame-Resistant Coating
Release Date: 01/14/2014

Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have … more

31,558,149,764 Milliseconds in Review: NIST in 2013
Release Date: 12/17/2013

Milestones on the way to quantum computing. A landmark study of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes. Publication of a draft … more

NIST Tornado Reports Urge New Standards for Saving Lives, Property
Release Date: 12/03/2013

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths … more

NIST Investigation of Joplin, Mo., Tornado Details Proposed Measures for Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: 11/21/2013

Report and Recommendations Released for Public Comment JOPLIN, Mo.—Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public … more

NIST to Announce Results of Study of 2011 Joplin, Mo., Tornado Disaster
Release Date: 11/19/2013

Destruction caused by the Joplin, Missouri, tornado that struck on May 22, 2011 causing 161 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries. The tornado … more

Updating Building Energy Codes: How Much Can Your State Save?
Release Date: 11/05/2013

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line … more

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