Editor's Bookmarks - February 2008

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
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Barcelona-based Kettal, a manufacturer specializing in stylish aluminum and wooden outdoor furniture, has launched a new site that displays products from the company’s various product lines, ranging from the sleek, modular Manhattan line to the more traditional, cozier Loom line. The site’s “Kettalize it!” tool allows visitors to customize a product from any line by mixing and matching various colors for the upholstery, glass panels, or frames.
Grace Construction is promoting its sustainable services with a new section on its Web site, “Building Green With Grace.” A little tricky to find, this special section can be accessed from a link on the main page under the “Grace Highlights” section. This section offers detailed information on Grace’s green products, organized into six LEED categories, including information on LEED-NC Version 2.2 prerequisites and the credits Grace products can help achieve.
Concast Metal Products Company, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly, lead-free alloys, has launched a new Web site to serve as a guide for designers, engineers, and manufacturers. offers a thorough description, complete with spec-sheets detailing chemical compositions, of each sustainable product offered by Concast.

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