Copper gains rapid strides in home, office designs
Dubai, March 21, 2011
Copper, highly resistant to corrosion and fully recyclable, is gaining strong application in the Middle East as a metal of choice for home and office design, a report said.
“Today, interior designers have two key considerations – the use of sustainable construction materials to promote the energy efficiency of homes, and the aesthetic possibilities offered by the materials. Copper suits both these requirements due to its unique characteristics,” said Ravinder Bhan, local representative for International Copper Association.
He added: “With several building projects in the final stages of development, the choice of copper for the interiors and other applications will significantly contribute to the region’s current thrust on driving sustainable development.”
The best electrical conductor among non-precious metals, copper is a favourite material for pipes, facades and roofs, and also helps to improve the efficiency of systems and electrical appliances and it is at the heart of domestic renewable energy systems such as solar energy and geothermal power, he said.
Copper being a highly sustainable material, could have a major positive impact on reducing a building’s environmental footprint, he added.
Copper plumbing systems ensure long lasting, trouble-free, and safe delivery of water for drinking, washing, and heating. They are used in buildings of all types, from hotels and offices, to private houses and apartments. These buildings remain secure, thanks to locks and keys made from copper alloy components that are strong, reliable, and corrosion resistant.
Architects and interior designers have realised the endless possibilities of copper and have begun to use it to stunning effect in wall fixtures, furniture and accessories. Copper and its alloys, such as bronze, are favoured for their aesthetic appearance – both as decorative items around the home and in artwork for indoor and outdoor public spaces.
Copper is used in numerous household objects: taps, door handles, banisters, stair edges, decorative elements, furniture, cooking utensils. Its alloys offer a wide range of colours including orange-red, chocolate-brown, the golden yellow of brass and the characteristic green patina which develops, over many years, on exposed copper.
Copper is also an ideal choice for landscape lighting since it adapts well to climatic conditions over a period of time, and in a manner that only serves to accentuate its beauty, said Bhan. – TradeArabia News Service