Copper - For a Greener Future Friday 18 May 2007 PDF Print As the importance of conservational living, and the need for greener building materials increases, self-build customers and developers have begun approaching companies such as Coppa Gutta Ltd for their eco-friendly rainwater systems for house building and restoration projects. Water shortages and hose pipe bans are increasingly becoming a problem and with less water available per person in England than in any other country in Europe there is an ever-growing need to consider water conservation measures in homes and businesses across the UK. One simple and ancient method of improving the situation is rainwater harvesting and the guttering chosen for this is very important. Copper gutters and down pipes from Coppa Gutta Ltd can form an integral part of the rainwater harvesting strategy. Although initially more expensive than some plastic guttering, copper is similar in price to powder coated aluminium and much less than cast iron systems. Copper does not rust and turn the water orange and has a mild disinfecting affect on the water - particularly relevant for storage of untreated rainwater. Copper is a wholly natural material present in and essential to all plants, animals and humans. For a nation of garden lovers this is particularly relevant as plants grow better using rainwater, which has a balanced pH and is free of chemicals such as chlorine. Besides its high corrosion resistance and attractive appearance copper also acts as an algaecide and fungicide, keeping growths such as moss and lichens to a minimum with obvious benefits when it comes to guttering and water harvesting. But this is not a new concept; copper can be traced back for use in roofing and guttering to 27BC. Archaeologists have also recovered a portion of a water plumbing system from the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. The copper piping was found to be in serviceable condition after more than five thousand years, proof that the basic copper properties have been appreciated and put to use since ancient times. Today, when choosing guttering and down pipes, architects, contractors, and building owners are faced with having to make decisions about material performance, life cycle cost, finish, recyclability, environmental friendliness, and ease of use. Copper is often the material of choice, because of its advantageous characteristics in all of these areas compared to other architectural materials. On the continent copper accounts for around 80% of their guttering, while in the UK it is still viewed as a ‘new’ product, yet it has been used in plumbing for over 100 years. Copper is one of the few materials that is fully sustainable being 100% recyclable and to date only 12% of the current known reserves have ever been mined, with 90% of copper scrap being reused. No other metal, much less plastics, can come close to matching copper in this vital area. Copper is considered a green metal and not just for its colour. UK manufacturers Coppa Gutta Ltd have developed an easy to install system to cope with the growing demand for this environmentally friendly product. Rosalie Hoare of Coppa Gutta says: ‘The interest in copper as the best option for guttering has increased 10 fold over the last three years with growing awareness of environmental issues and the need for smaller carbon footprints.’ But these are not the only incentives for choosing copper as Rosalie explains: ‘Once installed the gutter will last in excess of 100 years being extremely durable and resistant to corrosion in any atmosphere. Copper does not require any decoration, cleaning or maintenance and is therefore particularly suited for areas that are difficult or dangerous to access after completion. It also has the added attraction of unique changing visual characteristics as the copper develops an oxide film changing the colour from bright orange to a deep russet brown, eventually developing a beautiful verdigris patina after many years. This ever-changing visual effect is what attracts many Architects and designers to copper for new builds and refurbishment projects alike. There is also the choice of accelerating the ‘aging’ process on the gutter for buildings that require a rainwater system that will blend in as though it has been there for many years such as on Churches or listed properties. This can be achieved by spraying on a solution to newly installed guttering and within a matter of hours it will have achieved the verdigris patina, which will then continue to ‘age’ and weather as normal.’ With growing awareness of environmental issues, copper is more than ever the most cost effective, adaptable roofing and guttering material for the future. Coppa Gutta Ltd offers three styles of gutter in two sizes, which are suitable for the smallest of buildings up to the biggest Cathedrals, for refurbishment or new construction. For more information contact Coppa Gutta Ltd on 01489 797774 or visit their website: www.coppagutta.com -ENDS- Further information on Coppa Gutta Ltd: Only UK manufacturer of copper guttering. Parent company Good Directions sold imported copper guttering since 1992 before starting associate company Coppa Gutta Ltd in 2003 to start manufacturing in the UK. Factory based just outside Southampton despatches across the UK and worldwide. Chosen guttering for many projects featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme. Customers include: Covent Garden Opera House, Oxford University, Sainsburys, London zoo, and Beaulieu. For further information and images contact: Rosalie Hoare, Marketing Director Tel: 01489 797774 Email: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Coppa Gutta Ltd in the following categories: Home & Garden, Environment & Nature, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.