SAFE & GREEN BUILDINGS

By using copper, the sustainable building community can create structures with features that not only preserve the integrity of the environment, but also promote occupant health and wellbeing. An impressive and dynamic array of designs, technologies and products are available to support smarter, greener and healthier buildings. Wires and cables connect every aspect of our modern lifestyle which commands uninterrupted and efficient electricity supply. Copper’s unique electrical and thermal properties make it a secure, efficient and durable material for residential and commercial installations. It is maintenance-free, lasts for decades and can be recycled.

ICA India’s Safe & Green Building program aims to promote best practices in electrical installations, power quality, energy efficiency and sustainability, such as renewable energy and electric vehicles. India is a fast growing economy and its energy consumption is likely to double in the next six years. This makes it vital for the country to develop quality electrical infrastructure that will support its growth for years to come.

Simply stated, “all-copper” means that the electrical service inside your home is carried exclusively through electrolytic Copper wiring. This includes the Copper conductors used in your circuit breaker panel, in branch circuit wiring, to outlets, switches, lighting fixtures etc., and in branches serving heavy-load appliances such as, cooking ranges, ovens, washing machines and air conditioners.

Copper is already an essential ingredient in our most innovative technologies—such as smart energy tech, aquaculture and electric cars—and its role in electromobility, energy efficiency and renewable energy is growing. McKinsey has estimated a 43% potential increase in copper demand by 2035 versus today’s demand of 22 million tonnes.

On average, less than five tonnes of CO2 are emitted to produce one tonne of copper. However, because of copper’s inherent high efficiency in conductive applications, between 100 and 7,500 tons of CO2 emissions can be reduced—a mitigation factor of up to 1,500 to one. By 2030, copper could reduce the world’s carbon footprint by 16%.

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