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Copper in Architecture - Design Handbook is a comprehensive resource presenting as much information about copper’s properties, existing technology and application to the educational design and construction field as presently exists. The handbook is part of a multi-faceted program geared to the student, architect or contractor who is involved in the design or installation of copper, brass or bronze as an architectural element.
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The same content is also available as a Desktop Application [Adobe AIR].
Provides a broad background of copper knowledge which serves as a foundation of technical information for the specifier or designer of copper installations. Browse
Installation Equipment & Tools
In recent years, many different roofing systems and equipment have been developed to meet design demands and to reduce installation time. The result of such improvements is to provide more uniformity in appearance, greater flexibility in design and more economy in installation. Browse
Designs - Selected Projects
This section presents selected projects that have successfully and imaginatively utilized copper in architecture. Browse
This section contains drawings for the proper design and construction of sheet copper details. It is divided into subsections by topic, such as "Roofing Systems". Browse
Specifications / Tests
Specifications for copper construction are presented in this section. These documents conform to the format of the AIA MasterSpec. Test reports on various copper systems are also included. Browse
Additional information on finishes and alloy color chart, and also, glossary, references. Browse
Design Handbook - Desktop App
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The handbook is planned as an ever growing document. Research and development into copper and its alloys will continuously broaden their use and provide on-going information about technological advancement leading to broadened understanding of these metals’ architectural applications. As such, the handbook is utilized as a vehicle for disseminating this information on a continuing basis.
We welcome your suggestions (additions and/or edits) for improving this handbook.
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The AutoCAD files for individual details can be downloaded from individual topic pages by clicking the CAD File button next to an individual detail.
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