Specifying the right building material involves a highly complicated decision making process and is fundamental to the success of every construction project. You want the products you use to meet the highest standards of quality and, more importantly, you need materials that you can trust.

As a professional installer, your responsibility does not end when the pipework services are completed – you want peace of mind and satisfied customers – copper systems offer you this.

Medical gases are used extensively throughout hospitals.  They usually comprise the following services: oxygen, medical compressed air, (oil and moisture free), vacuum suction, nitrous oxide, oxygen/nitrous oxide mixture (O2/N2O).

Copper tube joined using capillary fittings is the preferred material for use with medical gas and vacuum suction pipelines.

For technical details on the use of copper pipework for medical gases see the Installation Tip.

Copper for solar hot water systems

Radiation from the sun can be transformed into useful heat to provide domestic hot water.  Correctly designed solar thermal systems have a proven track record in providing dependable hot water and space heating and, as more systems are installed and economies of scale come into play, payback periods will reduce to make them more cost-effective.

European copper tube and fittings

EN Standards have been written to harmonise standards for copper tube and fittings across Europe.  This means that products from different manufacturers can be used in the same plumbing system as they all have standardised dimensions.

Copper tube

EN 1057 Copper and Copper Alloys.  Seamless, Round  Copper Tubes for Water and Gas in Sanitary and Heating Applications specifies the requirements for copper tubes from 6mm up to 267mm diameter:

Copper fittings

Training in Copper Systems

The Copper Initiative is committed to ensuring that installers are given the opportunity to learn about installing copper from the start of their careers.

We work closely with technical colleges across the UK to ensure trainee plumbers are provided with the skills needed to install copper systems professionally.

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Sustainability - Copper's Role

This is a subject that is being talked about more and more. Everyone in society is now being asked to think about how the products they use affect the environment. We’ve all known about the recycling of newspapers, cardboard, tin cans and other metals, including copper, for many years.

Sustainable Building

Between 10,000 and 20,000 people build their own homes each year. These people are looking for quality products to help to make their dream homes ‘perfect’.

Copper pipework services have been in widespread use for many years – proven performance that demonstrates copper has a pedigree unsurpassed by any other pipework material.

Copper gives you versatility, performance and confidence.  In today’s more environmentally conscious world, it is a product that not only offers excellent health benefits but can also be recycled at the end of its useful life to help conserve the planet’s natural resources.

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Copper tube and fittings can be used in every part of domestic, commercial and industrial pipework services, including gas, hot water, cold water and central heating, with total confidence.  It’s strong, it can be easily formed into bends and systems can be assembled both on- and off-site.

You can solve just about any problem with copper and rely on the result.

Copper is the ideal material for the following services:

In the 20th Century, copper became the first choice for plumbing and heating installations, setting very high standards which competing materials can only try to reach. The reliability of copper has been proven over many decades by the millions of European homes plumbed with copper.  Copper has therefore rightly earned its reputation as the best pipework material.