The pro plumber’s choice

Copper has long been the material of choice when it comes to supplying water, heat and gas to buildings and the tradition of copper tubes is one that spans centuries.

Copper is perfectly positioned to help meet the new challenges set by the Government to the building industry in the development of sustainable homes. To help achieve environmental targets going forward, new buildings will need to use less power and water to provide comfortable, high quality, sustainable living.

Copper pipe in domestic, industrial and hospital plumbing is one of the most common uses of this versatile material. Thanks to its longevity, copper pipes in homes can, if installed with care, outlast the life of your home. For this reason, copper has long been the material of choice for plumbers.

The sustainable choice

Growing awareness around plastics and their impact on the environment has led plumbers and housing developers to look for a more sustainable alternative.

Copper tube can be infinitely recycled and made into new components without losing its valuable properties. Its resistance to corrosion and durability means fewer components will need replacing over a piping system’s lifetime. Being 100% recyclable, there is no waste sent to landfill and any surplus parts in cases of demolition or renovation can be infinitely recycled, limiting the need for further mining.

Copper pipe’s excellent thermal conductivity makes it the best material where any form of thermal exchange is concerned, making it more sustainable to heat and cool buildings, reducing their carbon footprint.

The healthy choice

Using copper to transport water is not only an environmentally sustainable solution but supports your health and wellbeing. Its naturally occurring anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties discourage the growth of harmful organisms.

Thanks to unique thermal properties, copper water systems can safely withstand thermal shocking at 70°C to effectively kill waterborne bacteria such as legionella pneumophila.

Unlike synthetic plastic pipes such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE) or cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), copper is 100% natural and does not leach or emit contaminants or synthetic compounds into drinking water.

In fact, copper is an essential element for good health and when it forms part of a healthy diet, the element supports healthy blood vessel formation, heart and cardiovascular function, brain development, bones, teeth and collagen levels.

The versatile choice

Copper tubes offer fantastic versatility and use across utilities including water, heating, gas and air conditioning – all while offering a greater choice and longevity.

Being able to withstand extreme temperatures, pressures and exposure to UV and oxygen, it can be used for a range of purposes and across a multitude of environments without the integrity being altered. As the metal isn’t permeable, the chance of leakage or contamination from outside sources is also incredibly low.

Compared to plastics, shorter more efficient piping paths can be laid making energy and heat circulation more efficient. It is also favourable because of its thermal resilience and ability to withstand fluctuating temperatures in which plastics could crack or lose durability. In fact, its incredibly high melting point means copper pipes won’t melt, burn or give off toxic fumes in a building fire.

This high reliability and safety with relatively low maintenance also makes copper the standard specification when it comes to heating and transportation of gas.