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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

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

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

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

NIST Releases Final Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse
Release Date: 01/26/2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final report on the May 2, 2009, collapse during a severe thunderstorm … more

Draft NIST Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse Released for Comment
Release Date: 10/06/2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—A fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind … more

NIST Releases Draft Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse
Release Date: 10/06/2009

A fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind loads significantly … more

Convoy Returns World Trade Center Steel to New York City
Release Date: 10/06/2009

A fter seven years on the Gaithersburg, Md., campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), more than 200 pieces of … more

NYPD Report on Protecting Buildings Adopts NIST WTC Recommendations
Release Date: 07/14/2009

A recently released New York City Police Department (NYPD) report designed "to aid the New York City building community by providing information … 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 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

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

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