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Best Practice Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance Design of Concrete and Steel Buildings (NISTIR 7563)

April 15th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It may be too late to send comments on the report, but it is still available to download and read.  Via the NIST.gov website:

A new draft report released for public comment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a comprehensive set of “best practice” guidelines for designing building structures to resist major fires. The document, NISTIR 7563, Best Practice Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance of Concrete and Steel Buildings, is part of the NIST response to the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster of Sept. 11, 2001, and was developed in conjunction with the agency’s technical building and fire safety investigation of WTC buildings 1 and 2 (the WTC towers) and 7.

NIST welcomes public comments on the draft report, received by noon Eastern Daylight Time on April 15, 2009.  Comments may be submitted by one of the following three methods:

electronic mail to cauffman@nist.gov;
fax to (301) 869-6275; or
mail to NISTIR 7563 Comments, Attn: Stephen Cauffman, NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 8611, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-8611.

The draft report is available here as a PDF file:  http://wtc.nist.gov/media/NISTIR_7563_DRAFT_Feb2009.pdf.

This draft guidelines report is the result of a collaborative effort initiated by NIST that involved experts in the design and construction industry and academia. It features information on current best practices in structural fire resistance engineering in the United States and overseas, and current best knowledge in fire risk assessment, and characterization of the design fire, material properties at high temperatures, and thermal and structural response calculation methods. The document integrates state-of-the-art information in one source, enabling users to apply a performance-based approach to fire resistance design as well as the evaluation of concrete and steel structures.

For more information, contact wtc@nist.gov.

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