How long has copper plumbing been used?

The earliest recorded use of copper for conveying water is a water conduit in Abusir, Egypt, which dates back to 2750 BC and is still in good state of preservation. Copper water pipes and cisterns were widely used by the Romans - examples can be found at the archaeological site of Herculaneum, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. At the beginning of this century, copper started being used again in Europe and North America.

Can leaded solders be used on drinking water installations?


When removing old copper pipework, or an old copper cylinder, can they be recycled?

Yes. Copper is 100% recyclable.

What is the number of the current European Standard for copper tubes?

BS EN 1057.

What is the current standard for copper fittings?

BS EN 1254 Parts 1 to 5.


Can copper, brass and bronze be used internally?

Yes, copper alloys in sheet form and in mesh form can be used decoratively.

What is a typical life for a copper roof?

In excess of 100 years for a correctly designed and installed roof.

Can copper alloys be used for cladding and facades?

Yes; brass, bronze and a golden alloy of copper and aluminium.

Copper for architectural applications has 3 finishes, what are they?

Bright copper, pre-oxidised copper (brown), pre-patinated or post-patinated copper (green-blue).