This week

Icopal has published a technical manual on Monarfloor’s sound reduction solutions for specifiers and contractors. It includes details on the firm’s range of BBA-accredited, high-performance acoustic systems to help meet Part E of the Building Regulations in conversion, refurbishment and new-build.

BS 8206-2:2008 Lighting for buildings has been revised. The code of practice gives recommendations regarding design for daylight in buildings and the design of electric lighting when used in conjunction with daylight.

A study carried out at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham has shown that surfaces made with materials that contain copper kill a range of potentially harmful micro-organisms. Professor Tom Elliott, consultant microbiologist and deputy medical director at the NHS foundation trust which runs the hospital, led the study.

Knauf Insulation has launched Working Towards Zero Carbon Schools, an Education Sector

Guide on thermal performance and energy-saving requirements that encompasses all aspects of insulation specification. Details on the thermal, fire and acoustic performance of glass and rock mineral wool and foamed plastic products are provided.

The British Association of Seating Equipment Suppliers has published Recommendations for the Specification and Use of Telescopic and Other Spectator Seating. The guide is aimed at architects, schools, theatres, colleges, local authorities, building departments, leisure operators, university managers and other stakeholders, and provides recommendations concerning the layout and specification of portable, telescopic and retractable seating arrangements.