Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 16
Azaroff, AIA, architect with +LAB Architects PLLC in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Azaroff, his job captain, Erik Jester Assoc. AIA, and a coalition of national nonprofits are partnering to rebuild a home
destroyed by Hurricane Sandy three years ago in the Breezy
Point community of Long Island. The "resilient rebuild" project was recently launched by the Federal Alliance for Safe
Homes (FLASH) with the help of +LAB and partners from
the disaster safety movement, including Portland Cement
Association, Kohler Generators, the Insurance Information
Institute and LPI.
The FLASH, a consumer advocate for strengthening homes
and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters, is planning to document every aspect of the project construction to compile a comprehensive manual for rebuilding
a resilient home, which can then be shared with construction
planners nationwide. A first of its kind, the partnership rebuild
project will incorporate all aspects of storm-resiliency, including lightning protection, into the new home's design.
"It's important that designers perform an all-hazard assessment and build for everyday weather, not just the high-impact
disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes," Azaroff
explains. "And with critical facilities, the need for lightning
protection is even more profound, as many more lives and systems could be at risk."
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.
"As buildings become
smarter, with intelligent
systems, the need for
becomes more critical."
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 also will emphasize the importance
of coordinating efforts of the various building trades to en-