Homes are connecting more technologies than ever to our electrical systems, and though building practices have developed to protect homes against natural disasters like floods and hurricanes, most homes are still vulnerable to electric shock from lightning strikes.
Architects from +LAB Architects PLLC in Brooklyn, New York are working with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) to rebuild a home in Long Island destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. FLASH will document the construction process, which includes lightning protection, so the plans can be shared across the U.S. for better, more resilient homes.
Recognizing the risk of lightning associated with the growth of sustainable energy technology, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has initiated the addition of new technical provisions to the upcoming edition of the NFPA 780 Safety Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems . The 2017 Standard edition will address lightning protection applications for smart structures and their interconnected systems that can be especially vulnerable to power surge failures sparked by lightning. The new provisions will also emphasize the importance of coordinating efforts of the various building trades to ensure a comprehensive lightning protection approach and help eliminate what the NFPA 780 Technical Committee cites as a "lack of potential equalization (isolated grounding and lack of bonding) stemming from piecemeal or uncoordinated installations of the electric service, telecommunications, antennas and other electronics" often seen in smart structure building applications.