Lightning in Winter? Yes!

Lightning is a year-round threat, as these news items from the past winter remind us. Thundersnow can move across wide storm fronts. “A storm packing blizzard-like conditions, as well as lightning strikes, was expected to deposit several inches of snow… Reports indicated that residents were waking up to a nasty brew of heavy snow, fierce… Read more »

Damage Caused by Single Lightning Storm

Consider the extent of damage caused by just a single lightning storm: Knocked out power to a major international airport, causing flights to be rerouted or delayed. Set a house on fire and caused a tree branch to fall on another. Ignited trees in residential neighborhoods. Caused a traffic signal failure. Closed freeways by toppling… Read more »

Safety Devices Depend on Lightning Protection

Building codes require ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on every electrical outlet near plumbing fixtures or wet areas to protect against electrocutions. But before a GFCI can protect you, it may need protection against lightening. According to Occupational Health & Safety magazine: “Built into the [GFCI] is a metal oxide varistor (MOV) used as a surge… Read more »

Training Program for Lightning Protection Professionals

East Coast Lightning Equipment (ECLE) recently hosted approximately 60 lightning protection professionals for two days of training in the most recent developments in their field. Jennifer Morgan, a director of ECLE, explains, “There have been many exciting advances in lightning protection during the past few years. The meeting provided an opportunity for lightning protection designers… Read more »

Visit Us At Buildings-NY Exhibition

East Coast Lightning Equipment will be in Booth 931 at the BuildingsNY Exhibition on May 24 and 25, 2016 at the Javits Center, New York City. BuildingsNY is sponsored by ABO (Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York) CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Program) BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) & AIA (American Institute of… Read more »

Architects Forecast Greater Need for Lightning Protection

The recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey asked more than 500 residential architects what they thought would be the most significant home design elements over the next ten years. Number Three on the Top Ten list of predictions is: “Growing demand for design strategies that strengthen homes against natural disasters including… Read more »

Canadian Lightning Protection Explained in New Article

The March 2016 issue of Construction Canada provides an in-depth look at Canadian lightning protection and architectural practices. Lightning strikes Canada more than 2 million times and costs the economy nearly a billion dollars annually. While lightning activity is greatest in southern parts of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan and the front range of Alberta,… Read more »

Lightning Protection Maintenance added to MasterFormat

A new section was added to MasterFormat in January 2016: Section 26 01 40.13 — Operation and Maintenance of Lighting Protection Systems MasterFormat is a master list of titles and numbers used to organize construction specifications, cost estimates, and other building information. For example, lightning protection for buildings and structures is in Section 26 41… Read more »

Calling All Architects

East Coast Lightning Equipment is exhibiting at the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) to be held November 17 to 19, 2015 in Boston. ECLE’s booth is designed to educate attendees about the importance of lightning protection. Components of a lightning protection system will be on display and industry experts will be on hand to answer questions about… Read more »

ECLE Featured in Construction Specifier Magazine

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. (ECLE) has been featured in the latest issue of the Construction Specifier Magazine, a peer-reviewed periodical for design and construction professionals. The article, Lightning Protection and the Building Envelope, details the importance of lightning protection systems being integrated with new architectural designs and structurally sustainable features; striving to promote awareness… Read more »