Leadership

Building scientists step in to defend fire research budget

Issue 6 and Volume 140.

Building scientists step in to defend fire research budget Tools and data measurement methods from the Center for Fire Research could slash this nation’s fire safety costs by $7 billion to $8 billion a year within a decade, says a separate organization that’s fighting to keep the center and its budget intact. The Reagan administration proposes merging CFR—whose work centers on characterizing fire and creating computer models that predict its behavior—with a second arm of the National Bureau of Standards, the Center for Building Technology, whose work concerns making buildings safer and more economical. The proposed merger includes a CFR budget of $2.55 million for fiscal 1988, down from $5.4 million for 1987. But “the nation needs an organization dedicated solely to fire research,” Rene A. Henry, Jr., president of the National Institute of Building Sciences, told a House subcommittee. The panel has since voted to restore the money the…

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