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New Study: Home Energy Savings Are Made in the Shade
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Trees positioned to shade the west and south sides of a house may decrease summertime electric bills by 5 percent on average, according to a … more

NIST Researcher Dan Madrzykowski Named Fire Service Instructor of the Year
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Daniel Madrzykowski Credit: NIST Daniel Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology was named George D. Post Instructor of … more

High Rise Fire Study Provides Insight Into Deadly Wind-Driven Fires
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have just published two reports providing details of how wind … more

NIST Stairwell Evacuation Study Finds 'What We Know We Don't Know'
Release Date: 03/24/2009

Most of the time, we use the stairs in buildings—especially in high-rise structures—only as a back-up for faster elevators and escalators, but … more

Comments Sought on NIST Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance
Release Date: 03/10/2009

A new draft report released for public comment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a comprehensive set of "best … more

NIST and French Lab to Study Weathering of Advanced Composites for Bridges and Piers
Release Date: 02/24/2009

Weather SPHERE: Researchers from France's National Scientific and Technological Institute and NIST will work together to learn more about the … more

Live Fire Experiments Examine Impact of Changes in Firefighting Resources
Release Date: 02/10/2009

Minutes after a two-story townhouse caught fire on Feb. 5, engines and crews raced to the townhouse to extinguish the fire and search for victims. … more

Live Fire Experiments Provide Data on the Effects of Fire Resources -- Results Could Help Local Governments Make Informed Resource Decisions
Release Date: 02/05/2009

ROCKVILLE, Md.—At a live demonstration of fire safety experiments today, a group of firefighting, public safety and scientific organizations … more

Viscosity-Enhancing Nanomaterials May Double Service Life of Concrete
Release Date: 01/27/2009

Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are patenting a method that is expected to double the service life of … more

Carbon Nanofibers Cut Flammability of Upholstered Furniture
Release Date: 12/09/2008

Carbon, the active ingredient in charcoal, is normally not considered a fire retardant, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Final Strategic Plan for Earthquake Hazard Studies Published
Release Date: 11/25/2008

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) has just published a new strategic plan to guide the activities of the four federal … more

NIST Releases Final WTC 7 Investigation Report
Release Date: 11/25/2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week released its final report on the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of the 47-story … more

Green Buildings: A Net-Zero Energy Research Agenda
Release Date: 10/28/2008

Buildings in the United States account for more than 40 percent of the nation's total energy consumption, and that is just one of their impacts on … more

Safer Buildings Are Goal of New Code Changes Based on Recommendations from NIST World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: 10/01/2008

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Future buildings—especially tall structures—should be increasingly resistant to fire, more easily evacuated in emergencies, and … more

Baked Slug -- New Method to Test Fireproofing Material
Release Date: 10/01/2008

In a high-temperature blaze, how well does a fireproofing material shield a building’s important steel structures from heat? Answering this … more

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