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There is a legal requirement to use fume cupboards in schools for specific activities - for example, certain experiments in biology and chemistry laboratories - and the standards for these fume cupboards are laid out under health and safety legislation and the coshh Regulations. The DfEE has produced one of its Building Bulletins on the subject, which deals in enormous detail with the subject.

The bulletin goes through the legislation and recommended provision and looks at choice of fume cupboards (fixed or mobile, against a wall or free-standing, ducted or with a filter, fully serviced or with electricity only) and examines the pros and cons of each type. Then it moves on to specification of fume cupboards, their siting, extraction systems, commissioning and monitoring, and, repair and upgrading.

The appendices deal with: how a fume cupboard works; monitoring and commissioning tests and report forms; commissioning schedules; chemicals and reactions contained by fume cupboards, and, exposure limits and calculation of gas levels in laboratories. The real glutton for punishment will be delighted to discover that there is also a list of sources of further information.

Building Bulletin 88: Fume Cupboards in Schools, £14.95, is available from The Stationery Office.


The use of electronic data interchange - the electronic transfer of business information from one independent computer application to another, using agreed standards to structure the data - is becoming increasingly popular, and has particular applications for the construction industry. Recognising this, the Joint Contracts Tribunal - publisher of standard forms of building contract - has compiled a guide, Electronic Data Interchange in the Construction Industry, which introduces the concept of edi and explains existing protocols and procedures. It gives detailed guidance on the application of edi, including the recommended Code of Practice for the use of edi in construction projects, with a glossary of terms. Three appendices set out the jct Supplemental Provisions for edi, the European Model edi Agreement and the edi Association Standard Agreement, all with commentaries.

Electronic Data Interchange in the Construction Industry, riba Publications, £35.00. Contact 0171 251 0791.


The Commonwealth Association of Architects has published its 4th Survey of Schools of Architecture in the Commonwealth. Compiled by the former chairman of the caa education committee, Professor Madhav Deobhakta of Mumbai, India, it covers five continents and lists 200 universities and schools of architecture. It includes details of personnel, addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses. In addition to a comprehensive description of the courses available and qualifications obtainable, the survey outlines the education policy of each school and its facilities and resources. Also included is a description of the objectives and procedures relating to caa's system of course validation. Copies are available from caa's Secretariat for £5.00 plus £2.00 p&p. Contact0171 636 8276, e-mail caa@architects.demon.co.uk

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