Copper is cool

Copper roof systems prove to be energy-efficient and sustainable

Editor's note: The opinions in this article are those of the author's and not NRCA.

To reduce environmental footprints and improve overall building sustainability, building designers are incorporating longer-lasting materials, more energy-efficient assemblies and environmentally conscious technologies.

Roof systems have come under particular scrutiny as they are the first line of defense against the elements and, often, a building envelope's largest exterior surface area. Copper, arguably the most sustainable metal because of its long life cycle, low life cycle costs and recyclability, is not only proving to be a valuable roofing material for its durability and ease of maintenance but also for its energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

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