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Building and Fire Safety : Responding to the World Trade Center Disaster.


pdf icon Building and Fire Safety : Responding to the World Trade Center Disaster. (487 K)
Sunder, S. S.

TS 3-7-5 Fire Engineering (1);

Tall Buildings in Historical Cities: Culture and Technology for Sustainable Cities. Volume 2. Proceedings. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2004 Seoul Conference. October 10-13, 2004, Seoul, Korea, Lee, L. H.; Klemencic, R.; Kim, S. D., Editor(s)(s), 1137-1149 pp, 2004.

Keywords:

high rise building; historic buildings; World Trade Center; disasters; building collapse; fire investigations; structures; structural systems; aircraft fires; flameproofing; steels; evacuation; response time; roofs; communication networks; fire protection; building codes; standards; terrorists; terrorism; regulations; fire safety; egress

Abstract:

In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated a formal federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster on August 21, 2002. This paper presents details of the technical progress made to date. NIST expects to release the draft of the final investigation report for public comment in December 2004. NIST's investigation is still ongoing. Current findings may re revised and additional findings will be presented in the final report.