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NIST looks at ways of keeping buildings operational following natural disasters

A new report recently delivered to the US Congress by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) which looks at how to keep buildings operational after natural disasters has been made public. ‘Research Needs to Support Immediate Occupancy Building Performance Objective Following Natural Hazard Events’ aims to take existing standards and codes a step further to include ‘immediate occupancy’ following a disaster event as well as the maintenance of building integrity.

Quoted in a NIST article Therese McAllister, manager of NIST’s Community Resilience Program and one of the authors of the report, said: “Cities and towns can be rebuilt, but lifestyles are damaged, sometimes permanently, if businesses, schools, utilities, transportation and other essential operations are out of service for an extended period.”

In 2017, Congress tasked NIST to define what it would take to achieve immediate occupancy performance codes and standards for all buildings in all types of natural hazards, specifically in terms of fundamental research needs, possible technological applications based on that research and key strategies that could be used to implement any resulting regulations. The new report is a response to this requirement.

Read ‘Research Needs to Support Immediate Occupancy Building Performance Objective Following Natural Hazard Events’ (NIST Special Publication 1224) at

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