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NIST/NBS Fire Research and FRCA: 25 Years of Progress



Richard G. Gann


The National Bureau of Standards' Center for Fire Research and the Fire Retardant Chemicals Association were formed within a year of each other. The former has undergone major organizational changes, NBS having become NIST, and fire research now being part of the mission of the building and Fire Research Laboratory. A continuing theme has been a close relationship with materials manufacturers and their associations in helping to accelerate the acceptance of materials and product with improved fire safety performance. Throughout its history the Fire Research Program has had a focus on less flammable materials and products. This talk will present a brief overview of how that focus has manifested itself through the years, and the major impacts that have resulted. As both organizations reached an increasing degree of maturity, their programs became synergistic. Changes continue to occur. The fire performance of materials and products will undergo significant improvement in the next decade. New opportunities are already arising, and this paper looks into the future from a fire science perspective.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings. Fire Retardant ChemcialsAssociation
Conference Dates
March 22-25, 1998
Conference Title
Fire Safety and Technology


fire, fire redardant materials, fire research, fire retardants


Gann, R. (1998), NIST/NBS Fire Research and FRCA: 25 Years of Progress, Proceedings. Fire Retardant ChemcialsAssociation, [online], (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created April 16, 1998, Updated February 17, 2017