Lightning Protection Systems on Rooftop Terraces

Rooftop terraces and gardens have become some of the most sought after amenities in urban buildings. Tenants and condominium owners pay a premium for these design features and expect high-quality detailing and construction that does not distract from the views the rooftops provide. Anything installed on an occupied roof must also be robust enough to withstand damage, unintentional or otherwise, from people coming in contact with rooftop equipment.

Lightning protection systems can satisfy these expectations, as demonstrated by recently constructed buildings in downtown Chicago. The projects illustrate several approaches to integrating lightning protection into building parapets and railings while still complying with industry standards.