Each month RECORD reviews building product related web sites and blogs that might be of interest to our readership. We visit each site, kick the tires a bit, and share what it is about and how it functions. Please let us know if there is a site you've found particularly useful, well-designed, or easy to navigate. — Rita Catinella Orrell
Kepco+ is a custom-cladding contractor specializing in the design, fabrication, and installation of natural stone, tile, and/or terra-cotta cladding systems. The Kepco+ Web site provides a comprehensive look at the company’s projects, including office, religious, historic, and government buildings. It also features a new section focusing on its various cladding systems, including a standard truss, the Cygnus panel system, handset applications, and the company’s rain-screen technologies.
The easy-to-navigate site for this Los Angeles–based distributor of Italian-made Murano glass allows users to view lighting and sculptural glass objects in an online product-guide format. An illustrated portfolio section offers visitors the chance to see the products in real installations. Prices, sizes, and available colors are not mentioned anywhere on the Web site, however, and need to be obtained directly from the contact information provided.
The Quikrete Companies, the largest manufacturer of packaged concrete in the U.S., provides an easy-to-use Web interface in which customers have the ability to view the products and descriptions as well as download specs and material-safety data sheets. The interactive Web site allows users to see actual images of the product as well as renderings demonstrating its use. The site also provides a thorough FAQ page and offers contact information for additional questions not answered on the site itself.
The Confindustria Ceramica, the Italian Association of Ceramics, represents a wide range of companies that produce ceramics. In addition to ceramic tile and refractory manufacturers, ceramic dishware, decorative ceramics/vases, and sanitaryware are also manufactured. The Web site is organized into five categories: Who We Are, Activities, Network, Sectors and Companies, and the Press Room. The site contains more than 200 pages, 81 downloadable documents, and 1,500 high-resolution images.