Resource Library

Building Construction Resources


Welcome to Copper Development Association's Building Construction Resource Library. Here you will find all of our resources – as PDFs and webcasts – related to copper's building construction applications.

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Below are the different sections, for quick navigation.

Architecture

Plumbing

Copper Initiative

A website for plumbers, students and lecturers providing technical information on the correct use of copper for pipework services in buildings.

Architecture Publications

 Guide to Copper in Architecture  

Guide to Copper in Architecture

Information on all aspects of copper sheet used for roofing, cladding and other architectural applications. It includes the latest comprehensive information on environmental issues and examines sources, recycling and characteristics of copper and its cost-effectiveness for roofing and cladding. Design issues are explored, development of its distinctive natural patina and the diversity of factory finishes available today. February 2006. 20pp.

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 Copper Roofing - In Detail

Copper Roofing - In Detail

Technical information on designing and installing fully supported sheet copper roofing in accordance with current good practice. The details illustrated will meet most of the conditions likely to be encountered. If unusual design situations arise, the principles shown should help in devising a solution. 2002. 120pp.

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 Architectural Brass  

Architectural Brass

Highlights the durable and decorative qualities of brass when used for both internal and external architectural applications. Well illustrated with examples of modern usage. 1991. 12pp.

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 Copper in Architecture Awards 14  

European Copper in Architecture Awards 14

Details of winning entries in Copper in Architecture Awards 14. 2009. 12pp.

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 Copper in Architecture Awards 15  

European Copper in Architecture Awards 15

Details of winning entries in Copper in Architecture Awards 15. 2011. 12pp.

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Architecture Webcasts (Narrated Presentations)

CPD: Innovative and Cost-effective Materials for Healthcare Design  

CPD: Innovative and Cost-effective Materials for Healthcare Design

A RIBA-accredited CPD webcast that explores the role of antimicrobial copper within good healthcare design, with particular focus on the risks that touch surfaces present.

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 Copper in Architecture Awards 13  

Copper in Architecture Awards 13 - UK Winners

Winners of the UK awards describe how and why they have used copper to achieve their award-winning designs.

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 Copper in Architecture Awards 13  

Copper in Architecture Awards 13 - European Winners

Listen to the words of award-winning architects describing how and why they use copper.

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Plumbing Publications

 Installation Tips  

Installation Tips

A collection of practical articles on subjects of interest to plumbing installers and students. Topics covered include tube bending, soldering, pipe sizing, installations for gas, water, vacuum, medical gases, refrigeration and solar hot water systems. 2009. 72 pp.

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 Copper, The Modern Solution  

Copper, The Modern Solution

This technical brochure describes copper fitting development and covers flame-free systems using press fittings and push-fit fittings. 2000. 8pp.

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 Copper Pipework Services in Modern Buildings - A Specifier's Guide  

Copper Pipework Services in Modern Buildings - A Specifier's Guide

This publication, aimed at material specifiers, details the many reasons why copper is the number one material for pipework services. In addition to the information on copper tube and fittings, there is environmental information on copper, its sustainability and recyclability. 2009. 12pp

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 Copper Solar Thermal Systems  

Copper Solar Thermal Systems

This publication outlines the methodology for the design and installation of copper solar thermal systems. It includes an introduction to the concept of the solar thermal system, the types of solar collectors available, the major components in a typical solar thermal system, how to install copper pipework and the sizing of the installation, the collectors and storage cylinders. 2010. 19 pp.

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 Copper Tube in Buildings  

Copper Tube in Buildings

Information on the installation of copper pipework systems in buildings and information on compatibility of copper with various construction materials and chemicals. 2000. 19pp.

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 Copper Tube in Domestic Water Services    

Copper Tube in Domestic Water Services

Information on the design and installation of copper domestic water services. Includes pipework jointing, tube bending, DZR brass. 2000. 36pp. 

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 Large Diameter Copper Tubes for Industrial and Commercial Heating Applications  

Large Diameter Copper Tubes for Industrial and Commercial Heating Applications

This publication explains to architects, designers and specifiers the uses of copper and copper alloys in commercial and industrial heating systems using tube sizes of 28-159mm diameter. System components, pipework jointing, tube bending and corrosion resistance are all covered. 2001. 15pp.

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 Copper Tubes in Domestic Heating Systems  

Copper Tubes in Domestic Heating Systems

This publication examines the most effective way to select the right sized tube diameters, advising on the key stages of building a heating system, such as assessing flow rates, flow resistance and pump performance. Includes tables to assess the length of copper tube needed for a variety of fitting types and to calculate the resistance flow per unit length of tube. 2001. 8pp.

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 Copper for Domestic Natural Gas Installations    

Copper for Domestic Natural Gas Installations

This design and installation guide gives information on materials, components, pipe sizing, jointing, safety, electrical bonding, testing and purging. 1997. 30pp.

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 Dezincification Resistant Brass
 

Dezincification Resistant Brass

In some areas of the UK, the presence of otherwise harmless impurities in the potable water makes it aggressive to duplex brass producing a form of attack known as dezincification. 1982. 4pp.

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Fire Sprinkler Publications

 Copper Residential Sprinkler Systems for Life Safety and Property Protection  

Copper Residential Sprinkler Systems for Life Safety and Property Protection

This leaflet describes the sprinkler protection installed in 212 properties at Studley Green, a £10 million project to redevelop the pre-cast reinforced concrete former Council properties on the Studley Green estate. 2001. 4pp.

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 Copper Fire Sprinkler Systems for Residential and Domestic Properties  

Copper Fire Sprinkler Systems for Residential and Domestic Properties

This design and installation book gives information on water supplies, systems components and materials, hydraulic calculations, pipework installation, system commissioning, maintenance and documentation. 1997. 24pp.

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Plumbing Webcasts

 
 Jointing of Copper Tubes - Capillary Joints
 

Jointing of Copper Tubes - Capillary Joints

This presentation describes how to make capillary joints using end feed and integral solder ring fittings.

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 Jointing of Copper Tubes - Compression Joints
 

Jointing of Copper Tubes - Compression Joints

This presentation describes how to complete compression joints for copper pipework.

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 Copper and Technology - A Brief Introduction
   

Copper and Technology - A Brief Introduction

This presentation looks at copper in technology. It will give you an idea of how modern technology uses the attributes of copper to change the world in which we live.

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 Domestic Gas Pipework - Pipe Sizing
 

Domestic Gas Pipework - Pipe Sizing

This presentation describes how to size copper pipework for domestic gas systems. A worked example will show you the steps you need to take to find the correct tube sizes that will allow your gas systems to operate effectively.

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 Flame-Free Jointing
   

Flame-Free Jointing

This presentation looks at flame-free jointing, a cost effective method of jointing copper. We will give some general information about the types of fittings and how to install them as well as some brief details from a case study which compares different jointing techniques.

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 Pipe Sizing for Hot and Cold Water
   

Pipe Sizing for Hot and Cold Water

This presentation describes how to size copper pipework for hot and cold water systems. The worked example shows how to calculate water demand and pressure losses in pipework, as well as a method for determining whether the tube sizes selected will be able to deliver the required flow rates at taps and other outlets.

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 An Introduction to Solar Thermal Systems
   

An Introduction to Solar Thermal Systems

This presentation provides a basic introduction to solar thermal systems for use in the UK.

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