First install of copper ducts in operating theatres

The antimicrobial metal in HVAC ducts adds resistance to moulds and other growths at no extra cost

The University of Miami Lennar Foundation Medical Center, USA, has installed antimicrobial copper ductwork throughout its eight operating theatres.

The University of Miami chose copper, manufactured by US company Polar Air, for its antimicrobial properties to suppress the growth of mould, mildew and bacteria.

Copper and copper alloys are familiar engineering materials that deliver durable materials for the demands of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems with the additional benefit of continuously suppressing these growths.

This prevents damage to systems that reduce their efficiency. Copper is particularly beneficial for controlled air spaces such as operating theatres.

“The best aspect of the copper ductwork is that it doesn’t cost any more than rigid duct, with insulation,” said Jon Bell, President of Polar Air Supply. “You get the added hygienic benefits of copper for no extra cost. It’s a no-brainer.”

Although other facilities worldwide are adding antimicrobial copper touch surfaces, the University of Miami is the first to use copper in HVAC operating theatres.