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Engineered Fire Safety Group


The Engineered Fire Safety Group develops and applies measurement science for cost-effective fire protection and risk-informed life safety decisions for buildings and wildland-urban interface communities. The group also develops advanced, validated models with quantified accuracy and integrates the knowledge, tools, and models to assess building performance with respect to

  • ignition,
  • fire growth and spread,
  • detection,
  • suppression,
  • toxicity, and
  • egress.

Post-Doc Program Outstanding applicants are sought for a number of postdoctoral fellowships available through the National Research Council Program. Group members act as research advisors for Post-Doctoral Fellows in a variety of project areas.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Transport Project—Create a well-characterized highly accurate reference measurement system at near industrial scale to serve as a test bed for carbon dioxide gas emissions, and to improve and evaluate atmospheric …

Fire Modeling for Performance-Based Design Project—This research will address the shortcomings of CFAST (Consolidated Fire And Smoke Transport) and FDS (Fire Dynamics Simulator) that were identified during the FY11—FY13 verification and validation …

Safety of Building Occupants Projects—NIST will develop a model to predict evacuation decision-making during fires through a better understanding and quantification of the risk perceived by individuals during an emergency …

Advanced Fire Detection Project—This project will develop the technology to significantly reduce residential fire deaths through demonstration of economical advanced detection systems and the proposal of enabling codes and …

Fire Risk Reduction in Buildings Program—The objective of the Fire Risk Reduction in Buildings Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science to increase the safety of building occupants and the performance of structures …