Feature Story: Helping to Build a Nation of Resilient Communities
NIST’s resilience and fire research focuses on the impact of multiple hazards (earthquake, wind, flood, and fire) on buildings, engineered systems, and communities.
NIST’s Resilience and Fire research focuses on the impact of multiple hazards (earthquake, wind, flood, and fire) on buildings, engineered systems, and communities. Post-disaster reconnaissance efforts, studies, and reconstructions provide a scientific basis for improved building and fire codes, and seismic and wind performance standards. Incorporation of these improved codes and standards into design, construction, operation, and maintenance practice will mitigate the impact of hazards on existing and future buildings, infrastructure, and communities. NIST’s Engineering Laboratory houses several programs that lead national efforts to develop guidance and tools to help communities improve their resilience: Community Resilience, National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP), Fire Protection and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), Progressive Collapse, and Disaster and Failure Studies.