Workshop Will Review Lightning Protection, Resilient Construction & Blueprints for Collaboration to Help Designers “Build & Protect”

For Immediate Release

Atlanta, GA – February 26, 2019 — Atlanta architects and planners will have an opportunity to learn about lightning protection, resilient building practices and blueprints for collaborative partnerships at the Build & Protect workshop on Wednesday, March 6.

The workshop is part of the Lightning Protection Institute’s (LPI) recent initiative to provide A&E’s with educational resources related to lightning protection system design, specification and quality assurance.

“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,” said Bud VanSickle, LPI executive director. “Our Build & Protect workshop will provide invaluable resources to equip architects and designers with relevant content on how to protect their structures from the lightning hazard—even before they are built.”

In addition to lightning protection content, representatives from BASF and +Lab Architects PLLC will moderate education sessions to introduce attendees to design methods, integrated material technologies and partnership synergies for addressing energy and resilient needs through a holistic all-hazards building approach.

“There are new and better ways of designing and constructing a building envelope to improve resiliency,” said Illya Azaroff, AIA founding principal of +Lab and associate professor at CUNY – New York City College of Technology. “Naturally, education is the first step in initiating the shift in thinking and spurring an innovative design process for architects, engineers and builders.”

The workshop, co-sponsored by the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) and the CE Academy takes place at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel at 3315 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326, on March 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration is free and is online with the CE Academy.

“In order to fulfill the requirements of the Architect’s Standard of Care, it is important for designers to understand how and when to perform lightning risk assessments as well as what steps to take to address these risks for both new and existing structures,” said Jennifer Morgan, educational coordinator for the LSA.

The LSA will present two sessions at the Atlanta workshop to provide designers with an overview of lightning protection and how to assess this common, yet misunderstood risk in the built environment. Workshop attendees can gain four (4) AIA HSW/LU credit hours. The CE Academy will manage reporting of the credits to the AIA and emailing certificates of completion after the event.

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 Lightning Safety Alliance
The Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) is a non-profit, national league of lightning protection professionals and consumers dedicated to the promotion of lightning protection and lightning safety. Visit the LSA website at for more information.

About the CE Academy

The CE Academy organizes 6 – 8 hours of continuing education in a seminar format for attendees to earn multiple CE Hours in one day. All courses are educational in content and AIA registered. Many courses also offer continuing education hours for GBCI, GBCI for LEED Professionals, ADA (American Disabilities Act), state specific requirements and other specialty hours.