Copper is at the centre of many global trends, such as the increased use of energy-efficient equipment, the generation of renewable energy and electromobility. Energy efficient appliances – including distribution transformers, electric motors and air conditioners – mainly use copper. The forecast is for a material demand growth rate of 4.1% per annum, which will reach 9.7 million tonnes per year by 2035.

The recent World Climate Summit – COP 24 – in Poland has focused on the need to reduce greenhouse gases and discussed strategies to achieve climate targets. One of the possible ‘decarbonising’ options, i.e. reducing CO2 emissions, is a move to electrotechnical solutions. Copper is the material of choice for electrical applications, and for the transition to a sustainable supply. Electrical heating technologies such as induction, resistance, infrared, arc and high frequency as well as microwave heating are already available today. Although promising innovative technologies such as laser, electron beam and plasma arc heating are still in the development phase, they offer forward-looking approaches.

Copper and the Home is a competition that challenges the minds of young designers, architects, engineers and students from all over the world to explore and harness the properties of copper, highlighting the beauty and versatility of a fascinating, multifaceted material, which can add both aesthetic and technical value to the most daring projects.