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 . The Building Integrated Photovoltaic Program
 . Less Fire-Prone Cigarettes

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Research Areas

High Performance Construction Materials and Systems:  Enable scientific and technology-based innovation to modernize and enhance the performance of construction materials and systems.
 . Fire Protection Technologies: Enable engineered fire safety for people, products, facilities; and enhanced firefighter effectiveness with 50% reduction in fatalities.
 . Enhanced Building Performance: Provide the means to assure buildings work better throughout their useful lives.
 . Homeland Security: Use the lessons learned from the World Trade Center disaster to better protect people and property, enhance the safety of fire and emergency responders, and restore public confidence in the safety of tall buildings nationwide.

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   BFRL News

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse.  Details...

NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7.  Details...

NIST Leader Calls for Commitment to Technology Innovation, Collaboration in Construction Industry.  Details... 

Cool! Nanoparticle Research Points to Energy Savings  Details...

Three Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board.  Details...

NIST to Study Hazards of Portable Gasoline-Powered Generators.  Details...

Failure Investigations Report Highlights Efforts for Safer Buildings. Details...

NIST Helps Heat Pumps ‘Go With the Flow’ to Boost Output.  Details...

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