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Applying the Lessons of September 11, 2001 to the Built Environment.


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Bukowski, R. W.

Australian Building Regulation Bulletin, 34-37, Winter 2005.

Keywords:

World Trade Center; fire investigations; building collapse; terrorists; terrorism; standards; building codes; regulations; structures; structural integrity; fire protection; evacuation; response time; high rise buildings

Abstract:

In August 2002, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began a technical investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center (WTC) Buildings 1, 2, and 7 following the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001. The investigation is being conducted under the Congressionally mandated National Construction Safety Team Act (15 USC 7301 et seq.) where section 8 of the enabling statute (15 USC 7307) requires NIST to recommend specific improvements to building standards, codes, and practices, even though in the U.S., building regulation is the responsibility of state and local governments.