Standard for Presidential Libraries Includes Lightning Protection

With Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, work on the newest Presidential Library moves forward in earnest. It is being designed in accordance with “Architectural and Design Standards for Presidential Libraries” published by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Guidelines include:

3.61.4 Lightning protection: Lightning protection must be evaluated in accordance with NFPA 780. Buildings in the “moderate to severe” category of exposure and higher must be equipped with a UL listed lightning protection system.

Air terminals are visible at the top level of the roof of the Clinton Library. The lower levels of roof have exposed steel rails that are used as strike termination devices in lieu of air terminals.

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