Copper pipework services have been in widespread use for years – the result: worry-free, trouble-free installations. With over four million miles of copper installed in the past one hundred years in the UK, copper has proven performance and a pedigree unsurpassed by any other pipework material.

One of copper's most outstanding characteristics is in respect of hygiene. Copper pipes do not release any unknown substances, nor any nutrients that under certain circumstances might promote the growth of microorganisms.

With modern construction techniques and site safety requirements, copper press and push-fit fittings provide fast and efficient jointing techniques that will result in reliable copper installations.  Both types of fittings offer flame-free jointing, ideal for the installation of copper building services with fast-track building systems.

With modern construction techniques and site safety requirements, copper press and push-fit fittings provide fast and efficient jointing techniques that will result in reliable copper installations.  Both types of fittings offer flame-free jointing, ideal for the installation of copper building services with fast-track building systems.

For pipework installations that operate at higher temperatures or pressures than can be tolerated by soft capillary soldered fittings, e.g. steam services, or where grease-based fluxes are prohibited e.g. oxygen lines, a range of high-duty fittings is available.  High-duty fittings usually contain integral rings of silver brazing alloy, though end-feed types are also available.

Melting points for brazing filler metals can be around 650oC, much higher than the 220 - 240oC typical for solder filler metals.

There are a variety of copper and brass fittings for use with copper pipework.  It is important to select the correct fitting for the pipework application and the situation. You will know that some work sites have restrictions on the use of flames - for these situations you can select one of the heat-free jointing options.

Capillary soldering and compression jointing systems have been continuously developed and improved for over fifty years to the point where they are, in the hands of the competent, professional installer, utterly reliable.

Copper and copper alloy fittings are available in a similar size range and in a number of configurations. Fittings for use in pipework services are manufactured to the European Standard EN 1254 and include capillary, end feed and integral solder ring, braze fittings and compression fittings.

Copper tube is available in a wide range of sizes, from 6 mm up to 219 mm, and is manufactured in accordance with the European Standard EN 1057.

It is produced in a number of tempers, including soft (annealed), half-hard and hard, and it is available in coils and straight lengths depending on size and temper. Copper tube is also available with a factory applied plastic covering and with a chrome plating for decorative applications.

The Copper Club - a loyalty scheme originally set up by the UK Copper Board in May 2000 to reward supporters of copper - has been taken on by Copper Initiative.  We currently have over 14,000 members, including a substantial number of students, and the number of members is continuing to rise!

When signing up to the Copper Club via the registration form on this website, new members will receive a welcome pack which includes the latest copy of our reference book 'Installation Tips' and a ‘Copper Pipework Compendium CD'.