A panel of experts appointed by the National Research Council assessed the scientific and technical work of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The scope of the assessment included the following criteria: (1) the technical merit of the current laboratory programs relative to the current state of the art worldwide; (2) the adequacy of the laboratory facilities, equipment, and human resources, as they affect the quality of the laboratory technical programs; and (3) the degree to which the laboratory programs in measurement science and standards achieve their stated objectives and desired impact.
The book finds that, overall the technical merit of the programs reviewed within the BFRL is very high and generally at a state-of-the-art level. The programs have clear ties to the overall BFRL Strategic Priority Areas and are well aligned with the mission of NIST, which is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
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|The Charge to the Panel and the Assessment Process||5-7|
|Measurement Science for Building Energy Technologies||8-13|
|Measurement Science for Breakthrough Improvements in Construction Productivity||14-18|
|Measurement Science for Predicting Life Cycle Performance of Nanocomposite Infrastructure Materials||19-22|
|Disaster Resilient Structures and Communities (Hurricanes and Earthquakes)||23-28|
|Disaster Resilient Structures and Communities (Fires)||29-36|
|Programs Funded Under the America COMPETES Act||37-39|
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