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NIST Report on Texas Fire Urges Firefighters to Consider Wind Effects
Release Date: 02/07/2012

Wind conditions at a fire scene can make a critical difference on the behavior of the blaze and the safety of firefighters, even indoors, … more

Study Finds Failure Points in Firefighter Protective Equipment
Release Date: 12/06/2011

In fire experiments conducted in uniformly furnished, but vacant Chicago-area townhouses, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

New NIST Web Site Features Fire Safety for the Holidays
Release Date: 12/06/2011

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) remind us that proper care of a cut Christmas tree is important to … more

Elusive Ultrafine Indoor Air Contaminants Yield to NIST Analysis
Release Date: 12/06/2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) spent 75 days on the job carrying out some very important … more

Government Issues Building Energy and Water Submetering Report
Release Date: 11/08/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new interagency report recommends systematic consideration of new metering technologies that can yield up-to-date, finely … more

New Report Urges More Detailed Utility Metering to Improve Building Efficiency
Release Date: 11/08/2011

A new interagency report recommends systematic consideration of new metering technologies, called submetering, that can yield up-to-date, finely … more

NIST Seeks Help in Understanding Public Response to Joplin Tornado
Release Date: 10/13/2011

As part of its technical study on the impacts of the devastating May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., the National Institute of … more

NIST Cooperative Agreement with University of Maryland Supports Research on 21st Century Smart Systems
Release Date: 10/13/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded today a $1 million cooperative agreement to the University of Maryland at … more

In Unique Fire Tests, Outdoor Decks Will Be Under Firebrand Attack
Release Date: 09/27/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will unleash its Dragon—a NIST invention that bellows showers of glowing embers, or … more

Double Jeopardy: Building Codes May Underestimate Risks Due to Multiple Hazards
Release Date: 09/13/2011

As large parts of the nation recover from nature's one-two punch—an earthquake followed by Hurricane Irene—building researchers from the National … more

New Website Offers Easy Access to NIST Disaster and Failure Study Data
Release Date: 08/16/2011

For more than 40 years, scientists and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have studied structural failures … more

Novel Coatings Show Great Promise as Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam
Release Date: 08/02/2011

Gram for gram, novel carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and … more

North Texas Wildfires Spark Historic Federal-State Collaborative Study
Release Date: 08/02/2011

Two wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires* earlier this year outside of Amarillo, Texas, destroyed 70 homes, burned more than 25,000 acres of land, … more

NIST to Conduct Technical Study on Impacts of Joplin, Mo., Tornado
Release Date: 07/25/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today* said that it will conduct a full technical study on the impacts of the May 22, … more

Promising Fire Retardant Results When Clay Nanofiller Has Space
Release Date: 07/06/2011

If materials scientists accompanied their research with theme songs, a team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

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