What types of buildings need lightning protection?

Any structure is a good candidate for lightning protection. All buildings are subject to lightning damage. The NFPA 780 Risk Assessment guide is a useful tool in evaluating a structure’s vulnerability to lightning damage. A structures use and contents are as much a consideration as location and construction when determining lightning risk.

It is commonplace for lightning protection systems to be installed on schools, hospitals, health care facilities, airports, shopping centers, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, etc. In some parts of the country there has been a move to mandate the installation of lightning protection on certain types of buildings. For example, in Florida, lightning protection systems are required for installation on schools and health care facilities. Correctional facilities are also required to have lightning protection systems.