Using Copper to Achieve A Sustainable Future

A more sustainable future relies on the use of copper. The need to build structures that are healthy for their occupants and use less electricity and water, makes copper the top material choice for architectural and interior elements, building system controls, plumbing and HVAC equipment, mechanical systems and appliances, and energy generation, storage, and electrical applications.

Why is copper critical to a green and healthy building?

Copper’s versatility is a plus for Better Building construction, needed for structural necessities to aesthetic adornments, including roofing, wiring, renewable energy applications, and plumbing.

Building Better: A Guide to Copper in Green and Healthy Buildings  [PDF - 2.16 MB] .

3rd Party Verified Heath Product Declarations (HPDs)

Copper is one of the few materials to have products with HPDs verified by a 3 rd party.  The verification enables a user to seek additional points under the recently revised Material Ingredients credits in LEED 4.1. 

Copper Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Tube - Type ACR - per ASTM B280 [PDF 100KB]
Copper Medical Gas Tube per ASTM B819 [PDF 99KB]
Copper Natural Gas and Liquified Petroleum (LP) Gas Tube – Type GAS – per ASTM B837 [PDF 101KB]
Copper-Nickel Alloy Plate, Sheet, Strip, and Rolled Bar per ASTM B122 [PDF 123KB]
Copper Sheet and Strip for Building Construction per ASTM B370 [PDF 96KB]
Copper Water Tube - Type K, L, or M - per ASTM B88 [PDF 100KB]
Free-Cutting Brass Rod, Bar and Shapes per ASTM B16 [PDF 106KB]
Lead-free Brass Forging Rod, Bar and Shapes per ASTM B124 [PDF 104KB]
Wrought Copper and Copper Alloy Solder-Joint Pressure Fittings per ASME B16.22 [PDF 103KB]