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Habitat for Humanity St. Louis Installs Copper Sprinkler Systems in New Homes for Safety, Sustainability

May 26th, 2011

By Andy Kireta, Jr., Copper Development Association Vice President of Building & Construction

When Habitat for Humanity St. Louis (HFHSL) decided to build new homes that were not only energy efficient, but also safe for their new tenants, they looked to copper as the best material for their sprinkler systems.

And with Model Building Codes now requiring new single- and two-family dwellings to be outfitted with sprinkler systems, Habitat chose to go with copper systems for all of its new homes, including the six that were completed this spring.

Copper lends itself perfectly for new installations because it’s a durable, high-quality and long-lasting material. Once you install it, it requires very little maintenance.

The installation of the copper components took place over two weekends, Dec. 11th and Dec. 18th

While some plastic materials are approved for use in residential fire sprinkler systems, they can’t be used in exposed locations such as basements, crawlspaces, attics and garages without being protected behind a fire-rated barrier, an additional construction cost. Since copper doesn’t burn, doesn’t support combustion, and doesn’t emit potentially toxic fumes when subjected to fire, it is the safe, smart choice.

Copper works best for sprinkler systems because it’s lightweight and able to withstand extreme temperatures. It’s also easy to install. Copper’s high recycled content and limitless recyclability also support green construction practices.

For more information about the Habitat for Humanity project and the benefits of copper, visit our website, or email me, akiretajr@cda.copper.org

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