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Lightning Safety & Protection Articles

These articles present up-to-date case studies and practical insight into lightning protection systems. They appeared in leading design and construction magazines and conference proceedings.

Lightning Safety & Protection Articles

  • Architect's Standard of Care

    Architect's Standard of Care

    Architectural Products, “As architects, we have a professional responsibility to assess the risk lightning poses to the structures we design.”

  • 5 Concepts You Need to Understand

    5 Concepts You Need to Understand

    Construction Canada, “Lightning is the most frequent weather-related disaster”. The article emphasizes Canadian best practices for lightning protection.

  • Lightning Protection and the Building Envelope

    Lightning Protection and the Building Envelope

    Construction Specifier, Best practices for coordinating lightning protection with architectural design.

  • Lightning Protection, Roofing, and Weather

    Lightning Protection, Roofing, and Weather

    Architectural Roofing and Waterproofing, “Designing a building that sheds both water and lightning protects the top line of an architect’s reputation.”

  • Rooftop Terraces

    Rooftop Terraces

    Building Enclosure, Case studies of the lightning protection systems on five highrise buildings with rooftop decks or terraces.

  • Lightning Protection as Building Envelope

    Lightning Protection as Building Envelope

    Facade Tectonics World Congress, This international conference recognized lightning protection as part of the building envelope. Slides Video

  • Lightning Protection and the Building Envelope

    Lightning Protection and the Building Envelope

    Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences, High-performance building enclosures must protect against wind, blast, fire, heat, moisture… and lightning.

  • Rooftop Gardens

    Rooftop Gardens

    Medical Construction and Design, On green roofs, strike termination devices provide an alternative to conventional lightning rods.

  • Fire Station Lightning Protection and Grounding Systems

    Fire Station Lightning Protection and Grounding Systems

    Copper Development Association, Case studies demonstrated how lightning protection assure fire stations will be ready for emergencies, regardless of the weather.

  • Healthcare: Preventative Care for Medical Buildings

    Healthcare: Preventative Care for Medical Buildings

    Medical Construction and Design, “Losing crucial services due to lightning is not a risk we are willing to take when someone might be on an operating table.”

  • Lightning Protection for Laboratories

    Lightning Protection for Laboratories

    R&D World, “‘What about the mice?’ That was the first response of a postdoctoral fellow when asked what a lightning strike could do to her lab…” Photo Credits: Rama via CC BY-SA 2.0 FR

  • Museums: Lightning Protection is a Work of Art

    Museums: Lightning Protection is a Work of Art

    Building Enclosure, “…a lightning protection system that is compatible with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s architectural elements and preserves the historic fabric of the landmark building.”

  • Mission Critical Facilities: Understanding Lightning Protection Systems

    Mission Critical Facilities: Understanding Lightning Protection Systems

    Consulting Specifying Engineer and PlantEngineering.com, “…requirements of many structures exceed those provided by ordinary air terminals and grounding. Their vulnerabilities have increased as increasingly sensitive electronics now control vital functions…”

  • Lightning Protection for the Amateur Radio Operator's Home

    Lightning Protection for the Amateur Radio Operator's Home

    QST Magazine, “It is every radio operator’s worst night-mare. Millions of volts suddenly leap out of the sky, striking your home, antenna, or other conductive surfaces.”

  • Religious Buildings and Lightning Protection Systems

    Religious Buildings and Lightning Protection Systems

    Sacred Places, “Lightning causes an alarming 20 percent of fires in sacred places.”

  • Hotels: Lightning Protection at the Highest Levels

    Hotels: Lightning Protection at the Highest Levels

    Metal Architecture, The Broadmoor Resort's commitment to their guest's safety included lightning protection systems on all their buildings.

  • Hotels: Hard Rock Hotel - Most Innovative Design Award

    Hotels: Hard Rock Hotel - Most Innovative Design Award

    The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida wins Most Innovative Design Award for Lightning Protection.

  • Lightning Protection At Boston College

    Lightning Protection At Boston College

    Boston College utilizes a comprehensive repair and maintenance program for lightning protection systems.

  • Five Things Contractors Need to Know

    Five Things Contractors Need to Know

    Metal Construction News, Lightning Protection Primer: Five key things to learn about lightning protection 1- Who to call? 2- A complete system 3- Remodeling and reroofing 4- Close-out 5- Jobsite safety.

  • Reroofing and Lightning Protection

    Reroofing and Lightning Protection

    Building Enclosure, A lightning protection system can last the life of a structure with little maintenance. The same cannot be said of typical roofing systems and rooftop equipment.

  • Reroofing and Lightning Protection

    Reroofing and Lightning Protection

    Construction Specifier, Reroofing often requires repair and extension of other building components, including the lightning protection system.

  • Roofer's Guide to Lightning Protection

    Roofer's Guide to Lightning Protection

    Roofing Magazine, Your roof is not only a weather barrier, it is a work platform for lightning-protection installers. The article explains how to simplify job-site coordination.

  • Lightning Protection, Roofing, and Weather

    Lightning Protection, Roofing, and Weather

    Architectural Roofing and Waterproofing, “Designing a building that sheds both water and lightning protects the top line of an architect’s reputation.”

  • Rooftop Terraces

    Rooftop Terraces

    Building Enclosure, Case studies of the lightning protection systems on five highrise buildings with rooftop decks or terraces.

  • Not All Lightning Protection is Created Equal

    Not All Lightning Protection is Created Equal

    Electrical Business, “…alternative products do not provide the advantages claimed.” Learn the facts about early streamer emission and charge transfer devices.

  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Safety Alert

    Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Safety Alert

    Lightning Safety Alliance, Corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) creates fire and explosion hazards when exposed to lightning.

  • Court Ruling Requires ESE Lightning Rod Firms to Tell the Truth

    Court Ruling Requires ESE Lightning Rod Firms to Tell the Truth

    The litigation pieces can be replaced by a note in this article saying the court orders are available by contacting ECLE. "...manufacturers of early streamer emission (ESE) lightning rods are permanently forbidden from making any more false claims regarding the capabilities of their ESE lightning protection products."

  • Lightning Protection Systems for Concrete Structures

    Lightning Protection Systems for Concrete Structures

    Concrete International, A lightning protection system can be incorporated within a concrete structure during construction. This provides assurance that lightning strikes will not cause structural damage and the system will require minimal maintenance.

  • Cross-Laminated Timber AND MASS TIMBER: Lightning Threats

    Cross-Laminated Timber AND MASS TIMBER: Lightning Threats

    Wood Design & Building, With a lightning protection system, a cross-laminated timber or other heavy timber building could well be safer than a steel or concrete building without lightning protection.

  • STRUCTURAL STEEL: When Lightning Strikes

    STRUCTURAL STEEL: When Lightning Strikes

    Modern Steel Construction, Steel structural members can be used as part of a lightning protection system. This simplifies construction and reduces cost.

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