Lightning Protection Systems for Buildings

Does your building have lightning rods? The summer of 2020 brought with it some incredible lightning storms. Without a lightning protection system, buildings may be at risk of lightning related damage, including electrical fires and physical damage to the structure. For example, take a look at the lightning damage to these rooftop parapet walls on a local high-rise building. Bits of concrete tumbled down to ground level, and the embedded steel even featured black char marks. Fortunately, the damage was minimal, quickly repaired, and nobody was hurt during the storm!

Although the cost for installing lightning rods is known to be high, protection against lightning related damage can save buildings and save lives. Check out this Lightning Protection Institute website for an overview on lightning protection standards, technology, and design: https://lightning.org/lightning-protection-overview/