Lightning Protection Institute Launches “Build & Protect” E-Newsletter for Architects and Engineers  

Visitors to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 19-21 Can Sign Up For It

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PHILADELPHIA, PA –May 17, 2016– The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is launching its first-ever email newsletter for architectural and engineering professionals.

LPI’s Build & Protect newsletter will feature news about the science of lightning protection, industry trends and technical information regarding how safety standard-compliant systems can benefit buildings, according to LPI.

“The Build & Protect newsletter is written specifically for the architect and engineering community to provide unique content related to lightning protection system design, specification and quality assurance,” said Bud VanSickle, LPI executive director.

Architects, engineers and designers are invited to visit LPI (booth #1546) at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo & Convention #AIACon16 in Philadelphia on May 19-21 to sign-up for the Build & Protect newsletter and to learn more about lightning protection. A&E’s can also contact for more information.

While often an underrated threat, lightning is a deadly and destructive weather peril, responsible for more than $1 billion annually in damage to buildings in the U.S.

“Make no mistake, lightning plays a substantial role in the damage done to homes and businesses every year,” said Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president, public affairs and consumer spokesperson with the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) “Many losses can be prevented when lightning protection systems and surge protection are implemented in the design-build process.”

“A single lightning strike can generate up to 200 kA of electrical energy, making lightning protection increasingly important for inclusion in green building and the smart structure design process,” added VanSickle. “With the Build & Protect newsletter, LPI can provide an invaluable resource and equip architects and designers with relevant content on how to protect their structures from the lightning hazard—even before they are built.”

“It is important to include a lightning protection system when building a new structure, embarking on renovations and when rebuilding after a disaster,” adds Salvatore.

The I.I.I. offers facts and statics on lightning, as well as a video on how to pick a lightning protection system.

About the Lightning Protection Institute

The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is a not-for-profit, nationwide group founded in 1955 to promote lightning safety, awareness and education and is a leading resource for lightning protection information and system requirements. Visit the LPI website at for more information.

About the Insurance Information Institute

The I.I.I. is a non-profit communications and research organization supported by the property/casualty insurance industry. Visit the I.I.I. website at