Architectural Uses of Copper
Report prepared for the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant by Thomas Barron, Civil Engineer (925) 283-8121.
This report describes common architectural uses of copper, and then estimates how much of this copper corrodes and is released into the Palo Alto RWQCP service area as rainfall runoff. Best management practices are presented for reducing the amounts of these copper releases.
2.1 Copper Roofs & Appurtenances
2.2 Coated Steel Roofs
2.3 Composition Shingles
2.4 Gutters and Downspouts
2.5 Other Copper Features
3.1 Factory-Preserved Lumber
3.2 Wood Preservatives Used During Construction
3.3 Factory-Preserved Wood Shingles
4.1 Local Rainfall Data
4.2 Background Copper
4.3 Estimated Copper Releases From Individual Features
4.4 Estimated Annual Copper Releases From One Building
4.5 Estimated Total Service Area Copper Release