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

Carrie Williar, a Color Specialist with American Clay, an Albuquerque-based manufacturer of natural plasters for interior walls and ceilings, is the author of a new Color Blog located on American Clay’s website. On the blog, Williar will frequently update readers with the newest trends in color, as well as multiple tips on using American Clay’s plasters, such as the recently introduced Lime Putty.  For convenient updates, readers can subscribe to the blog via an RSS feed.


The Georgia-Pacific Design Studio is a free, web-based design tool intended to help architects, general contractors, sub-contractors, and other visitors configure building envelopes and interiors. The tool will help architects create a project, configure elevations, doors, windows, and more in order to generate an estimate, CAD drawings, and project specifications based on the products selected and send them directly to contractors for a bid. Compatible with Autodesk Revit and other 2-D and 3-D modeling applications, the tool allows specifiers to take a BIM and import the data directly into the tool, plus export the selections back into the BIM for true 3D modeling.