National Institute of Building Science Publishes Article on Lightning Protection

According to ASTM E831, “a building enclosure includes all materials, components, systems and assemblies intended to provide shelter and environmental separation between interior and exterior.” Lightning protection must be seen as part of that enclosure and the August 2016 issue of NIBS’ Journal offers guidelines on incorporating lightning protection into high-performance building envelopes. The article also… Read more »

Practice Lightning Safety

There have been 32 lightning fatalities in the United States so far this year, and 2016 is still far from over. This is the highest number in recent years. Last year, for example, there were only 27 deaths in the entire year. Will you join us in spreading education about lightning safety? All you have… Read more »

LED Lighting Needs Lightning Protection

In a recent statement, Osram, a leading producer of LED lamps, discusses the economic benefits of LEDs, then warns, “lightning strikes can endanger the complete exploitation of such economic advantages. As LED modules are run with lower voltage levels they may be damaged from overvoltage, and this danger has increased in past years – the… Read more »

The Olympics and Lightning

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this week has brought us televised views of the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the city. The statue has been damaged by lightning on several occasions. To prevent future damage, an upgraded lightning protection system has been installed. A video showing the installation, as well as amazing views of… Read more »

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 »