Copper News

2016 AIDA Shortlist: Residential Design

The shortlist for the 13th annual Australian Interior Design Awards was released on 24 March 2016. In the Residential Design category, 48 projects have been shortlisted, which include 2 that we think you might like.

Benefits of LED lighting (part 2)

Following on from our article last week when we explained what LED lights are and in which shapes they are most commonly available, we now go into detail on the many benefits of LED lighting.

LED lighting has found its way into our homes and will become the standard in domestic lighting within the next couple of years. (Photo source: Fotolia)

Do you already have LED lighting inside the house? (Part 1)

You probably do. Just consider your smartphone’s flashlight, the fixture you bought for your desk, your bike light, or the solar-powered lamps in your garden. However, chances are that in most places inside your home you are still using light bulbs, halogen light or energy saving lamps. 

Copper alloy furniture catches the eye

Wallpaper magazine finds some very interesting furniture by Parisian architect Isabelle Stanislas at the Maison et Objet show.

ParkArk Oog-in-Al Utrecht

A copper-clad houseboat on a canal in Utrecht, Netherlands.  

Fantastic use of copper, to clad a houseboat, to give a family a contemporary home with views of parks and woodlands and the water.

Keep your driveway snow and ice-free

Winter is already well underway. In spite of global warming, a number of European countries are already experiencing some serious snow and ice. And when that happens, the only thing to do is to get the snow shovel out and get ready for some sore muscles the next day.

Image: Snow and ice on the driveway. It does not have to be this way. (Photo source: Fotolia)

Copper-roofed lake house is a winner

The New Hampshire Home Design Awards have recognized a copper-roofed guest house in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire (USA) with the title of Home of the Year.


Do you do it yourself?

You need to make carefully thought out choices during new build and renovation projects. It starts with choosing the bricks for the outer walls, followed by the floor tiles or another type of floor covering. Next you need to choose a kitchen, a bathroom, radiators, etc. For each of these choices you will spend a couple of hours or even a half a day in a showroom, and that settles it.

A well prepared design of your electric system guarantees that your system will live up to your expectations. (Photo source: Fotolia)

Copper and the Home 2016

The Copper and the Home competition has been launched.  It is a well-established design competition calling on designers to take fresh inspiration from the red metal and its alloys. 

Do you have room for a battery?

Let’s have a closer look at the future of the home’s electric system. In the upcoming years, the network feeding our homes with electricity will increasingly be under pressure.

Even manufacturers of electric cars are entering the market of home energy storage. (Photo source: Tesla)

Fire sprinkler systems for new Welsh homes

Sprinkler systems are to be fitted in all new and converted housing from 2016.  Fire sprinkler systems will be installed in all new houses built in Wales from 1st January 2016, the Welsh Government has announced.