2014 NFPA 780 Handbook - Current Edition
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    Author: Richard Roux

    New commentary and a wealth of color visuals make the 2014 NFPA 780 Digital Handbook essential for designers, engineers, and installers.

    The lightning protection standard of care has changed. To help you understand the issues affecting system installation and compliance, NFPA 780: Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems Digital Handbook has been updated with the latest requirements plus new expert commentary on more topics -- including electrical issues not covered in the National Electrical Code® (NEC®). Fully illustrated with more than 45 new color photos and graphs, the Handbook helps you apply the expanded provisions correctly.

    The NFPA 780 Digital Handbook includes the full text of the Standard, new explanations, and full-color imagery.

    • Gain electronic access to the complete 2014 NFPA 780 text with comprehensive requirements for reducing hazards associated with lightning.
    • Hyperlinked icons take you to commentary that answers questions and helps you avoid oversights. Link directly to explanations written by experts with in-depth knowledge of NFPA 780.
    • Link to exclusive full-color images, tables, figures, and diagrams not in the Standard.
    • Get the big picture with a dedicated Table of Contents for sections with commentary.
    • Find new chapter introductions only in the Digital Handbook.
    • Save time with instant searches and interactive functionality.

    The 2014 NFPA 780 Digital Handbook is essential for designers, installers, insurance professionals, and AHJs.

    Improve your understanding and ability to mitigate fire risk and related hazards associated with lightning strikes. (Digital Handbook, Approx. 164 pp., 2014)


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  • Also in NFPA 780: Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems