Lightning Risk Assessment Calculator to be Introduced at ABX

East Coast Lightning Equipment will introduce its new Lightning Risk Assessment Calculator at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX). The online, free calculator complies with NFPA 780 requirements, the standard-of-care for architectural practice. The software will be demonstrated in ECLE’s Booth #951. Architects will also be able to obtain continuing education credit by attending a 30-minute… Read more »

Protect Your Client and Your Reputation

East Coast Lightning Equipment has launched a new advertising campaign to remind architects and builders that lightning can harm their reputation as well as damaging their clients’ property. Click to see copy of ad.

Roofer’s Guide to Lightning Protection

Roofing Magazine devotes its August 2016 issue to building resilience and storms. Along with stories about hail damage, wind resistance, and environmental trend, an article called “Streak of Lightning” suggests ways to improve the coordination between roofing and lightning protection systems. To read the article, click here.

Prevention through Design (PtD)

Prevention through Design is a new phrase for a good idea — that design decisions can make buildings safer to construct and maintain throughout their life cycle. The concept is finding increased support. For example, The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is promoting PtD, and there is a new LEED pilot credit… Read more »

CN Tower: Struck by Lightning 3000 Times

The CN Tower in Toronto, completed 40 years ago, is hit by lightning about 75 times a year. Fortunately, the nearly 1500 ft. high structure has a lightning protection system. The air terminals, conductors, and grounding electrodes were recently inspected and found to be none-the-worse for wear. photos: Duncan Rawlinson (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Free access to NFPA Lightning Protection Standard

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit standards-writing organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Their document, NFPA 780 — Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems, is recognized as the basis for lightning protection systems in North America. The standard can… Read more »

National Park Service Centennial

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. As manager of nearly 80 million acres of land in parks and monuments, the Park Service understands the role of lightning in the natural environment. In many instances, lightning fires in wild areas are allowed to burn as part of the natural eco-cycle. However, the Park… Read more »

Happy Fourth of July from ECLE

ECLE will be closed on Monday, July 4th, so our staff can celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends. While picnics, parades, and pyrotechnics are pleasurable, let’s pause to consider what is really worth celebrating:

Protecting a Landmark

Benjamin Franklin did his seminal work on lightning protection while living in Philadelphia, so it’s no surprise that the Philadelphia Museum of Art honors its hometown hero with artworks in its collection. The first hangs on a Museum wall — the iconic painting of Franklin’s kite-flying experiment. The second is on its roof — a… Read more »

Zaha Hadid, Architect

Since Zaha Hadid, one of the most celebrated architects of our time, died in March, many people have reflected on her bold and innovative designs. We would like to add one more tribute; she was able to integrate even small details into her projects without detracting from her grand schemes. This is evident in how… Read more »