Under the authority of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has established a National Construction Safety Team to determine the likely technical cause(s) of building failures. The team's reports include recommendations, but to date, there has been no systematic method available to evaluate the impact of these recommendations.
A protocol for conducting these evaluations has been launched through a project of the Fire Protection Research Foundation and NFPA. The incident chosen to demonstrate the protocol is The Station Nightclub Fire, which occurred on February 20, 2003 in West Warwick, RI, and resulted in 100 fatalities. The project considers NCST recommendations that relate to changes in the rules and practices that define local environments and fire department effectiveness, changes to model codes and standards, as well as research on fire-related phenomena and mitigation methods.
Download a free copy of the Foundation/NFPA report, "Pilot Demonstration of an Impact Evaluation Protocol: NIST NCST Recommendations Arising from The Station Nightclub Fire," authored by John R. Hall, Jr., PhD, Michael Karter, Amanda Kimball, P.E., and Minchao Yin.