The American Institution of Architects (AIA) is set to discuss the current understanding, and findings, regarding the 9/11 world trade center collapses (specifically WTC 7). A vote about the validity of the NIST report will be held during their 2015 AIA Conference, this May, in Georgia.
Resolution 15-6 brings the matter to discussion, with “the intent to cause the AIA to adopt a Position Statement in support of a new investigation into the complete collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.”.
The body of the resolution is as follows,
WHEREAS, under the AIA Public Policies and Position Statements, it is the responsibility of architects to design a resilient environment that can more successfully adapt to natural conditions and that can more readily absorb and recover from adverse events; and
WHEREAS, architects and others involved in the design and construction of buildings depend upon the information obtained from investigations into building failures to inform the development of model building codes; and
WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story high-rise building, suffered a complete collapse; and
WHEREAS, on November 20, 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final report of its three-year investigation into the complete collapse of 7 World Trade Center, which concluded that fires, an unprecedented cause of failure for a modern high-rise building, were the primary cause of failure; and
WHEREAS, the cause of failure identified by the NIST investigation would mean that hundreds of high-rise buildings in the United States are susceptible to similar failure from fire; and
WHEREAS, thousands of members of the architecture and engineering professions, including the 55 sponsors of this resolution, believe the NIST investigation did not adhere to the principles of the scientific method and, as a result, the conclusions of the NIST investigation are fatally flawed.
The language of the body seems somewhat biased, but the response of the architectural community when voting on the resolution will certainly give a more independant stance regarding the sequence of events on 9/11 than solely the NIST investigation. I look forward to hearing whether they adopt or reject the resolution.