"THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE OF CHARLESTON GOES COPPER"
Ernesto on May 21st, 2014
Copper has become quiet popular in the home renovation world these days, and it’s not just because of its good looks. Copper does bring a warmth and artistic appeal with its hand hammered detail, creating effortless style and elegance. But being man’s oldest metal, there is more than what meets the eye. A powerful and beneficial attribute of copper is its’ antimicrobial element, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.
A substance that is antimicrobial kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. This antimicrobial attribute is the reason why the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, South Carolina chose to use copper in a mass renovation of the entire house in order to protect the health of the delicate patients and their families. Adam Estelle, one of the lead engineers of this copper renovation project stated, “Antimicrobial copper alloys are the only class of solid materials registered with the environmental protection agency to continuously kill more than 99.9% of disease causing bacteria within two hours including MRSA ( A bacterium that causes infection in different body parts) ”, making copper the perfect fit for this project.
The Ronald McDonald House of Charities (RMHC) is a longstanding and very respected organization that creates a “home away from home” for families so that they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost. The RMHC vision is that they believe that when you change a child’s life, you can change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the world. Taking the necessary measures to better the environment of sick children and their supportive families is part of this vision. In this case, the powerful health benefits of copper are put to work in an extremely important an effective way.
It’s unique. It’s beautiful. Most importantly, it’s constantly fighting to keep your home healthy and bacteria free.