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Buildings & Construction

NIST develops safety standards for construction and studies ways to better protect buildings from hazards like earthquakes and windstorms.

Blown Away: Revisiting a Famous Engineering Case

white office building with a wedge top among other skyscrapers
Credit: Trxr4kds at English Wikipedia [Public domain]

One of the undergraduate engineering courses that left a deep and lasting impression on Dat Duthinh was a course on innovation and aesthetics in engineering taught by David Billington at Princeton University. So, when he read the story of a skyscraper in New York City that had to undergo secret emergency repairs because of a question from an engineering student in New Jersey, the NIST engineer knew that the student had to be one of Billington’s. And he knew then that he wanted to come back and investigate this issue in greater detail someday. Read more in his blog post about the infamous Citicorp Building.

News and Updates

Industry Impacts

Building Automation and Control

Central control of systems such as heating and cooling, lighting and fire detection in large commercial buildings can improve energy efficiency and occupant

Projects and Programs

Intelligent Building Agents

Achieving national goals of net zero energy buildings requires substantial reduction in the energy consumption of commercial building systems. Although

Building Integration with Smart Grid

Developing a next generation "smart grid" requires new measurement science and industry standards that enable homes and buildings to interact with the grid. In


Measurement Science Research Needs for Premise Plumbing Systems

Andrew K. Persily, David A. Yashar, Natascha S. Milesi-Ferretti, Tania Ullah, William M. Healy
Premise plumbing systems provide key building services and exist in the context of a range of performance goals related to building energy efficiency, water

Hydrodynamic Factors Influencing Mineral Dissolution Rates

Nicos Martys, Jeffrey W. Bullard, Pan Feng, Shaoxiong Ye
Solution flow profiles near a mineral surface can have significant influences on the local thermodynamic driving force and, potentially, the rate-controlling


IFC File Analyzer

The IFC File Analyzer generates a spreadsheet or CSV files from an IFC file. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is the data exchange standard used to facilitate

Manufacturing Cost Guide

The Manufacturing Cost Guide is a tool that estimates the costs that US manufacturers face and can be used to help gauge the potential returns on manufacturing

The NIST Data Alignment Tool

The Data Alignment Tool (DAT) was built to assist with the analysis of data used in testing fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) tools and building

SteelVis (aka CIS/2 Viewer)

SteelVis is a viewer for CIS/2 files and a translator from CIS/2 to IFC files. SteelVis visualizes CIS/2 files by generating a VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling

Tools and Instruments

Indoor Air Quality Test House

In order to enable studies of a range of indoor air quality and ventilation issues, EL maintains a highly instrumented three-bedroom test house. Previous