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How nVent ERICO Parts Protect Architect Frank Gehry’s Unique 320,000 Brick Building From Lightning Strikes

Posted by Philip Jones on Aug 21, 2018 8:51:00 AM

Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated to be more comprehensive.

Famed architect Frank Gehry is known worldwide for his unique, contemporary style across a variety of building types. He is best known for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; and the Experience Music Project in Seattle, among other famous works.

In 2009, Gehry embarked on his next project: the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia. The building was part of a $1 billion campus renovation project and Gehry’s first time designing a building in Australia.

The building was completed in November 2012 and came in on budget at $180 million. The structure stands tall at 12 stories high, yet has only one straight column supporting the entire building. Furthermore, the longest unbroken column is only 13.98 meters (45.87 feet).

Built with approximately 320,000 bricks, builders claimed the structure to be a challenge to construct. But another challenge arose even after construction was complete: installing a functional lightning protection system to adequately safeguard such a uniquely designed building. 

Read below to learn how nVent ERICO parts were used in the installation.

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Topics: Lightning Protection

4 Components to Protect Residential Homes from Lightning Damage

Posted by Philip Jones on May 16, 2017 2:35:03 PM

It’s no secret that the safest place to stay during a lightning storm is indoors. In fact, a home or other substantial structure like an office building serves as the best protection from a lightning strike.

However, no residential home is immune to the threat of lightning strike damage. As more technology is added to residential houses (think TVs, computers, alarm systems or appliances), the risk strikes and electrical surges pose to homeowners is rising.

While methods like surge protectors may reduce the likelihood of damage to the interior of the home, a lightning protection system safeguards the entire structure—inside and out.

To ensure a residential home is adequately protected from the damaging effects of lightning strikes, residential contracts should consider the four components of a lightning protection system.

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Topics: Lightning Protection