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New Tool Debuts for Measuring Indoor Air Pollutants
Release Date: 03/15/2011

A promising new approach for checking the accuracy of measurements of hazardous indoor air pollutants may soon be ready for prime time, report … more

NIST Releases Final Report on Charleston Sofa Store Fire
Release Date: 03/15/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final report on its study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the Sofa Super … more

The Buzz on BEES: New Web App Simplifies Use of NIST's Economically Green Building Products Tool
Release Date: 03/01/2011

A powerful scientific tool for selecting cost-effective and environmentally preferable building products is now available as a free, web-based … more

Announcing BEES Online
Release Date: 02/16/2011

BEES is now available online at http://www.nist.gov/el/economics/BEESSoftware.cfm ! BEES Online is a next-generation application of the popular … more

NIST Seeks Experts to Provide Guidance on Disaster and Failure Studies
Release Date: 02/02/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking nominations of individuals for appointment to the National Construction … more

Fiery Video Shows Moisture is Main Ingredient for a Safe Christmas Tree
Release Date: 12/08/2010

Once ignited, a dry Fraser fir, one of the most popular Christmas tree choices, bursts into flames in less than 7 seconds, and it will be consumed … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Study of Charleston Furniture Store Fire
Release Date: 11/09/2010

Major factors contributing to a rapid spread of fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C., on June 18, 2007, included large open spaces … more

Opening Statement—News Media Briefing Technical Study of the Sofa Super Store Fire
Release Date: 10/28/2010

Nelson Bryner, Study Team Leader and Deputy Division Chief, Fire Research Division National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST News … more

NIST Study on Charleston Furniture Store Fire Calls for National Safety Improvements
Release Date: 10/28/2010

Volume I: NIST Technical Study of the Sofa Super Store Fire - South Carolina, June 18, 2007 Volume II: NIST Technical Study of the Sofa Super … more

New NIST 'Standard Cigarette' Available for Fire-Resistance Testing
Release Date: 09/28/2010

Cigarettes are the most frequent cause of fatalities from residential fires in the United States. So, it might seem surprising to learn that a … more

NIST Residential Fire Study Education Kit Now Available
Release Date: 09/28/2010

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the International Association of Fire Fighters have prepared an … more

NIST Data: Enabling the Technical-Basis for Evacuation Planning of High-Rise Buildings
Release Date: 09/14/2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are stepping up the pace for designing safer building evacuations by … more

Depth Charge: Using Atomic Force Microscopy to Study Subsurface Structures
Release Date: 06/23/2010

Over the past couple of decades, atomic force microscopy (AFM) has emerged as a powerful tool for imaging surfaces at astonishing … more

Blast Resistance Standards For Trash Receptacles
Release Date: 06/23/2010

With summer travel season hard upon us, specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Are Basis for New Set of Revised Codes
Release Date: 06/09/2010

Faster and more efficient emergency evacuations from buildings—especially tall structures—and better communications between first responders … more

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