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NIST Reports Stricter Adherence to Standards and Codes, Recognition of Storm Surge as Keys to Minimizing Structural Damage from Hurricanes
Release Date: 06/09/2006

Performance of Physical Structures in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita: A Reconnaissance Report (NIST Technical Note 1476) (7 mb .pdf file, … more

Progressive-Disportionate Collapse Provisions
Release Date: 04/14/2006

The United Kingdom has a progressive collapse standard Standards to avoid progressive collapse Large panel Construction since 1968. The standard … more

Site Tracks Implementation of Trade Center Suggestions
Release Date: 02/16/2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has implemented a Web-based system ( … more

Draft SOW for Structural Analysis of WTC 7
Release Date: 01/04/2006

NIST is interested in receiving technical comments about the scope of work and technical approach for The draft statement of work for structural … more

WTC Report Urges Action for Safer Tall Buildings
Release Date: 11/03/2005

Testifying before a hearing of the House Science Committee on Oct. 26, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director William … more

NIST Urges Implementation of Recommendations from World Trade Center Investigation Final Towers Report Released Today at Congressional Hearing
Release Date: 10/26/2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.— William Jeffrey, director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), today called … more

NIST Coordinates Study of Hurricane Structure Damage
Release Date: 10/20/2005

On Oct. 13, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it has deployed the first of three teams of technical experts … more

Commerce’s NIST Coordinates Study of Structural Damage from Gulf Hurricanes
Release Date: 10/13/2005

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has deployed the first … more

Final Nightclub Fire Report Urges Code Compliance
Release Date: 06/30/2005

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire investigators have urged all state and local governments to adopt and aggressively … more

Final NIST Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Report Urges Strict Adherence to and Strengthening of Current Model Safety Codes
Release Date: 06/29/2005

Full list of recommendations Complete Report: Volume 1 (.pdf; requires Acrobat Reader ) Appendices: Volume 2 (.pdf; requires Acrobat Reader ) … more

NIST World Trade Center Investigation Team Calls for Improvements
Release Date: 06/23/2005

Presentation by Shyam Sunder, lead investigator (includes abridged recommendations) Remarks by Hratch Semerjian, Acting NIST Director Draft … more

Meeting Slated to Discuss Structural Steel and Fire
Release Date: 06/02/2005

The World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, showed the critical importance of fire resistant materials for structural steel. … more

Latest Findings from NIST World Trade Center Investigation Released
Release Date: 10/19/2004

Leading Collapse Sequence for Each WTC Tower The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released the … more

April 2005 Public Briefing on NIST's World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: 09/27/2004

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a public meeting starting at 1 p.m. (EST) on April 5, 2005 , at the Crowne … more

NIST Tests Provide Fire Resistance Data on World Trade Center Floor Systems
Release Date: 09/09/2004

Fire Resistance Testing of WTC Floor System , Aug. 25, 2004, Presentation by S. Shyam Sunder (Note: Presentation is presented in .pdf. To read … more

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