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

The Mohawk Group’s Drag & Fly Web-based application provides architects and designers with a choice of carpet images from all of the company’s brands (Bigelow Commercial, Karastan Contract, and Lees Carpets), which can be dragged and dropped into 3D renderings or CAD. Visitors must first download a free copy of the I-Drop software that is available on the site.


Brown Jordan’s site isn’t too “flashy” (there is a bit of animation on the landing page), but that’s a good thing. The site works as an online catalog that showcases the companies line of high-end outdoor furnishings. It features a custom design tool that allows visitors to change a product’s fabric and finish options, and a product gallery that is searchable by collection, type, and architectural style.


In September 2000, GranitiFiandre became the world’s first porcelain tile manufacturer to achieve the requirements of the UNI EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. The company’s no-frills Web site is intended to help clarify the sustainable aspects of its surfacing materials, explain its worldwide corporate environmental stewardship, and offer a guide to understanding LEED.


Lutron’s easy-to-use, interactive site is intended to help both consumers and professionals find the best bulb for the job. A comparison guide features rollovers that explain the myriad differences (including efficiency, performance, and cost) between incandescents, screw-in CFLs, and halogen bulbs. Visitors can also click on links to find out more about Lutron’s lighting control products.