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New Building Code Revisions Adopt NIST Recommendations from WTC Study
Release Date: 10/01/2008

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

NIST Releases WTC 7 Investigation Report for Public Comment
Release Date: 09/03/2008

The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to … more

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse
Release Date: 08/21/2008

Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center … more

NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7
Release Date: 08/18/2008

*** Agency Will Hold Public Webcast on August 21 *** Gaithersburg, Md. -- The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Failure Investigations Report Highlights Efforts for Safer Buildings
Release Date: 03/05/2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has submitted to Congress the annual report of activities under the National … more

NIST Building Safety Efforts Mark Fifth Anniversary of R.I. Nightclub Fire
Release Date: 02/19/2008

Five years ago on Feb. 20, 2003, pyrotechnics lit during a concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., started a rapidly spreading … more

Elevators Seen as Playing Hi-Rise Fire Evacuation Role
Release Date: 10/25/2007

“In case of fire use the stairs, not the elevator”—appears on signs posted in elevator lobbies throughout the United States. In the aftermath of … more

NIST Begins Technical Study of South Carolina Warehouse Fire
Release Date: 07/16/2007

GAITHERSBURG, MD—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is beginning a technical … more

NIST Status Update on World Trade Center 7 Investigation
Release Date: 06/29/2007

A team of scientists and engineers at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is investigating the … more

NIST Fire Experts Examine Charleston Building Collapse
Release Date: 06/21/2007

On June 19, 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent four fire experts to Charleston, S.C., to gather information and … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Spur New Model Building Codes
Release Date: 06/21/2007

Safer buildings—especially tall structures—that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first … more

First Comprehensive Set of Model Code Changes Adopted Based on Recommendations from Commerce's NIST World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: 06/20/2007

GAITHERSBURG, Md.-Safer buildings-especially tall structures-that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal … more

NIST’s World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: 09/08/2006

(9/8/2006, ARCHIVE, incorporated into 9/19/2011 update ) What is NIST? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of … more

New Fact Sheet Addresses Questions on WTC Report
Release Date: 08/31/2006

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final report in October 2005 from its technical investigation of the … more

Commerce's NIST Sending Experts to Examine Missouri Building Collapse
Release Date: 06/27/2006

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is immediately sending … more

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