Copper: The Common Thread to Green Buildings

With a strong focus within the European Union on moving towards a low-carbon future, buildings are a key area where improvements can and should be made. Find out how copper could play a role in creating greener, smarter and healthier buildings.

Why do Buildings Matter?
Buildings are currently responsible for 40% of overall energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. As much as 75% of EU building stock is energy inefficient. Add to this the fact that the average European spends 85–90% of their time inside, and it becomes abundantly clear that Europe needs substantially greener, smarter and healthier buildings to unlock a sustainable and decarbonised future.

What’s a Green Building?
There is no one definition of what constitutes a green building, but overall, a “green” building is one that—in its design, construction and operation—reduces or eliminates negative impacts on our climate and environment, or even has a positive impact.

Three of the main green and healthy building standards currently influencing the building construction market are LEED, ASHRAE 189.1 and WELL. These set performance measures for wide-ranging aspects of a building, from its envelope to the wiring, plumbing and technical building systems, to its use of renewable energy systems. Environmental performance data for the products and materials used throughout is also covered.

Typically, the greener and healthier a building, the more copper it will contain as copper is a key component in many applications driving environmental and energy performance.

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