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

Marvin Windows and Doors manufactures made-to-order wood and wood-clad windows and doors, with special expertise in historic-renovation projects. The Marvin Web site showcases its signature product lines, details options for customization, and offers case studies of previous projects. Architects and builders can download product specifications and architectural drawings from the technical resources section.


This Web site allows users to browse through a searchable database that contains details and images of international projects that utilize SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass products. A click to the specifications and resources link connects clients to a three-part Product Masterspec, which is available in CSI format for downloading and can be copied and pasted into documentation to simplify the specification process for professionals.


This USG Web site features Design Studio, a new software program for architects and designers. The software is an interface for AutoDesk Revit Files and demonstrates how USG products can be integrated into interior projects. Once registered to use the free service, users can take a brief tutorial to learn about the program, and can then explore the possibilities of USG products in the design of walls and ceilings.


Technical Glass Products offers two Web sites for its fire-rated glass and framing systems and specialty architectural glass. Featured product lines on Fireglass.com include Firelite, a clear and wireless glass ceramic material. Specs and detail drawings are available as well. Tgpamerica.com offers architectural glass products like Aquaglass, a clear or blue glass material with trapped air bubbles.