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

In an effort to assist design professionals and specifiers, manufacturer Guardian Glass has updated its Web site with a performance comparison tool that facilitates the selection and comparison of its products based on user-specified performance criteria. The site also includes a comprehensive project database featuring buildings with SunGuard glass, and a new Google map that shows exactly where each is located.


Dacor’s new Web portal is notable for its enhanced interactive tools and easy-to-use navigation tools that highlight the design details of its distinctive kitchen appliances. You will find detailed lists of the company’s product offerings with full-color images, the features of each, specifications, lists of requisite and optional accessories, manuals, and abundant showroom locations. The Customer Care section discusses warranties, service, and parts.


With a section devoted to architects, Green River and Black Hawk’s new Web site focuses on the environmental and energy-saving benefits of its cedar-shake roofing—in particular, the Reserve Collection, certified to be Carbon Neutral by the Athena Institute, a nonprofit organization that assists the building community with evaluating the environmental impacts of materials and products.


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To demonstrate the capabilities of its sophisticated design and presentation software, VectorWorks is directing potential users to visit the work of U.K. architect Michael Eleftheriades, who developed a visit to Grays of Westminster, a London shop specializing in Nikon equipment, using VectorWorks Architect. For information and to see other case studies, visit www.vectorworks.net.