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The National Park Service is pleased to announce the issuance of our latest Preservation Brief, entitled Lightning Protection for Historic Structures. It was written by Charles E. Fisher, who recently retired from the Technical Preservation Services office after a long and distinguished 42-year career. This is the 50th Preservation Brief in our landmark historic preservation series which also began 42 years ago.
PB 50 deals with an important historic preservation consideration in many parts of the country where lightning may pose a risk to historic buildings. The information will be of interest to the varied audience involved in the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, particularly since little has been written on lightning protection for historic structures. This brief provides a short history of lightning protection; provides information on appropriate maintenance and repair of historic lightning protection; includes guidance on integrating old and new systems; and covers special consideration when installing new systems on historic buildings. We believe this is the first technical publication on lightning protection for historic buildings that covers the range of preservation treatments from maintenance and repair to the installation of new systems.
This brief can be found in pdf format on our website at https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/50-lightning-protection.htm and is also available in print form from the Government Printing Office at https://bookstore.gpo.gov/ where you can find the brief and other printed publications of Technical Preservation Services that are offered for sale.
Brian Goeken, AICP
Chief, Technical Preservation Services
National Park Service
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