Posts Tagged: Lightning Protection

600% Return on Investments in Natural Disaster Mitigation

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Every dollar spent on disaster mitigation prevents $6 of damage, including health costs, structural repair and rebuilding, etc., according to a 2017 study by the National Institute of Building Sciences. Considering that the annual damages from lightning alone add up to $5 billion, the cost of investing in lightning protection systems (LPS) may be worth… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey Spawns Lightning Storms in its Path

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with “non-stop lightning” in the words of the Washington Post. The lightning added to the storm damage caused by winds and floods by sparking fires and destroying critical equipment and services. This experience reminds us that lightning damage accompanies many hurricanes. In addition to fires and damage to structures, the lightning… Read more »

Small Houses… Big Risks

Tiny homes are gaining in popularity as a way to reduce the cost of home ownership. Yet the risk of lightning damage is not diminished by their reduced scale. Residents and guests remain vulnerable to injury and death, the structure can burn or be damaged. And computers, TVs, and other valuable electronics can be destroyed…. Read more »

How will lightning affect your business?

We often hear statements like, “80% of businesses affected by a fire or other disaster close within 18 months“. This statistic is impressive but appears to be unsubstantiated. What we do know for certain is that a lightning strike can damage or destroy your business by sparking fires in your facilities, destroying inventory and essential… Read more »

Visit us at ABX / Greenbuild

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. (ECLE) is exhibiting at the Architecture Boston Expo (abexpo.com) in Boston, November 8-10. Come by our booth for a demonstration of an online application to assist in lightning risk calculation. The show is held in conjunction with Greenbuild, a conference and expo dedicated to green building (greenbuildexpo.com). ECLE will be describing… Read more »

Protecting Rooftop Equipment and Fixtures

Anything mounted on top of a building must be considered for lightning protection. These light posts, for example, rise above the parking structure and had to be connected to the facility’s lightning protection system. Air terminals are mounted at the top of the light posts, and cables visible at the base of the posts connect… Read more »

Summer Sports and Lightning Safety

Summer brings baseball, soccer, boating, golf, and other outdoor recreation… plus increased thunderstorm and lightning. Because most lightning deaths and injuries occur outdoors, this is a good time to review lightning safety guidelines, especially if you coach a team or are responsible for the safety of participants and spectators. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association states:… Read more »

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM REQUIRES LIGHTNING PROTECTION

Sophisticated building owners overwhelmingly require lightning protection for their buildings. The University of Virginia, for example, states in its Facility Design Guidelines, “The most recent edition of NFPA 780 shall be used to evaluate a lightning protection system and to determine if a system is required. For new facilities, roof replacements, and solar array installations the A/E… Read more »

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… Read more »

Lightning Protection featured in New Magazine

Building Enclosure Magazine was launched in 2016 as a source for authoritative news and information on walls, roofs, and the things that separate a building’s inside from its outside. It is geared towards architects and other building industry professionals and is published by BNP Media. Two articles about lightning protection systems (LPS) have appeared in… Read more »